An update to the futures Golden Rose 2015 odds ahead of next month’s three-year-olds’ classic in Sydney sees last weekend’s Run To The Rose winner Exosphere move into second favouritism for the Rosehill Gardens feature.
Last Saturday the John O’Shea-trained Lonhro colt improved his hopes for a Group 1 win in the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 12 with a tidy first-up win over Chris Waller’s JJ Atkins champ Press Statement in the Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m).
The Run To The Rose has produced the past three Golden Rose winners including Hallowed Crown who completed the double last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Now Exosphere will shoot for that same double for the Godolphin stable, the dual Group 2 winner who also won the Skyline Stakes at Warwick Farm as a two-year-old slashed into $4.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au to do just that.
The futures Golden Rose odds are still led by Gai Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper winner Vancouver ($3.20) who bypassed The Run To The Rose but who will trial at Randwick this week instead.
Vancouver, who suffered his first defeat when unplaced first-up in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes in Sydney earlier this month, also leads the latest Golden Rose order of entry sitting number one on the ballot with over $2.36 million in prize money.
Pride Of Dubai is second on the ballot but has been ruled out of the spring with injury.
Third in the order of entry with $823,950 is Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper runner-up English, the smart Encosta De Lago filly set to kick off her spring this Saturday in Randwick’s Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m).
English is a $17 chance in the all-in Golden Rose betting markets, an equal price with the likes of Waller’s Japonisme who is likely to miss the run in favour of a freshen-up before a late spring return after racing flat and finishing fourth as the beaten favourite in The Run To The Rose.
Following Vancouver and Exosphere, who was previously outside the top 20 in the ballot before his Run To The Rose win moved him into 15th, in the pre-field odds are Press Statement ($6) and Ready For Victory ($10).
Waller’s aforementioned Hinchinbrook colt was having his first run since the JJ Atkins win over the Doomben mile on June 6 and caught the eye with his brave second in The Run To The Rose, which he will improve on going up in distance for the Rose.
The Mick Price-trained Ready For Victory meanwhile raced for the first time since crossing seventh to Pride Of Dubai in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in April at Caulfield last Saturday in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) running a close second beaten only a neck by Gold Symphony.
Press Statement ($497,775) sits sixth in the Golden Rose order of entry while Ready For Victory ($299,000) is ninth and also assured of a run.
Also high up the ballot based on eligible prize money earned to date include smart fillies Ottoman ($557,000) and Lake Geneva ($509,705) who are fourth and fifth and both nominated for the Furious Stakes on Saturday.
See below for the current Top 20 in the 2015 Golden Rose order of entry then visit Ladbrokes.com.au to place your early bets on the race before the markets firm over the coming couple of weeks!
2015 Golden Rose Ballot – Top 20
Correct as of 31/08/2015
|ORDER HORSE – AGE – SEX – TRAINER ELIGIBLE $|
|1 VANCOUVER 3C (Gai Waterhouse) $ 2,368,250|
|2 PRIDE OF DUBAI 3C ( Peter & Paul Snowden) $ 1,336,100|
|3 ENGLISH 3F (Gai Waterhouse) $ 823,950|
|4 OTTOMAN 3F (John O’Shea) $ 557,000|
|5 LAKE GENEVA 3F ( Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) $ 509,750|
|6 PRESS STATEMENT 3C (Chris Waller) $ 497,775|
|7 HEADWATER 3C ( Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) $ 360,950|
|8 FURNACES 3C (John O’Shea) $ 304,550|
|9 READY FOR VICTORY 3C (Mick Price) $ 299,000|
|10 TAKEDOWN 3G (Gary Moore) $ 280,650|
|11 LOOK TO THE STARS 3F (Clarry Conners) $ 279,400|
|12 BLUEBERRY HILL 3F (Liam Birchley) $ 263,050|
|13 SPEAK FONDLY 3F (Gai Waterhouse) $ 256,700|
|14 CALAVERITE 3F (John O’Shea) $ 237,250|
|15 EXOSPHERE 3C (John O’Shea) $ 224,950|
|16 JAPONISME 3G (Chris Waller) $ 217,115|
|17 GOLD SYMPHONY 3C (Peter G Moody) $ 204,900|
|18 RAGEESE 3C ( Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) $ 203,250|
|19 REEMAH 3F ( David Hayes & Tom Dabernig) $ 201,350|
|20 SAGARONNE 3F (Toby Edmonds) $ 194,900|