Early favourite and Run To The Rose winner Exosphere has come up trumps with barrier two in a small nine-horse field accepted to face off in the Golden Rose Stakes 2015 at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The opening elite level of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, this year’s $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) has attracted under double figures with just the nine three-year-olds in the mix.
Leading the early Golden Rose Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and looking to become the fourth winner of the set weights classic in as many years to come via the Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m), which he won on August 29 by one and quarter lengths, is the John O’Shea-trained Exosphere.
Last year Hallowed Crown (2014) completed the same Run To The Rose – Golden Rose double Lonhro colt Exosphere shoots for on Saturday with James McDonald booked for the ride, the hoop having won the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) with Exosphere before he failed to beat home a single rival in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) when 16th to one-time Golden Rose favourite Vancouver.
Runner-up in this year’s Run To The Rose and second pick in Golden Rose betting for this weekend’s rematch is the Chris Waller-trained Press Statement.
The consistent Hinchinbrook colt has won three of his four starts to date and is already a Group 1 winner having taken out the JJ Atkins over the mile at Doomben in June during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
First-up Press Statement caught the eye in the Run To The Rose and will appreciate the extra metres in the Golden Rose where jockey Tye Angland retains the ride in barrier three that last produced a winner in 2011 with Manawanui.
Also drawing nicely in the Golden Rose barriers this year is the Peter Moody-trained Gold Symphony with the rails run and Tommy Berry, who rode Peter Snowden’s 2012 Golden Rose winner Epaulette to victory, booked for the ride.
The lightly-raced Gold Symphony has won three from four to date including his past two on the trot at Caulfield taking out the Group 2 Vain Stakes (1100m) and Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) last month.
The Reward For Effort colt however hasn’t raced in Sydney before and how he handles the opposite way of going will be crucial to his chances of handing Moody with his maiden Golden Rose win.
Also coming off a win along with Exosphere and Gold Symphony are then three other runners including the sole filly in the field taking on the boys, Speak Fondly.
Gai Waterhouse’s in-form daughter of Northern Meteor has won her past two on the trot at Randwick with wins in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) giving her a total of three Group 2 victories.
Kerrin McEvoy will be replaced in the Golden Rose by Brett Prebble who gained a release from the Hong Kong Jockey Club to make the trip down under for the ride on Speak Fondly who is looking to become the first Golden Rose willing filly since Forensics (2008).
The other last start winners in the mix are the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Rageese in the outside barrier (nine) and Shards for O’Shea.
Team Hawkes’ Street Cry colt Rageese broke his maiden stats at his fifth start at Wyong over 1350m in non-black type company on August 30 in a confidence boosting performance for the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) runner-up from the autumn.
Shards meanwhile has the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira in the saddle, the progressive Medaglia D’Oro colt having won the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on August 22, a race that last produced a Golden Rose winner in 2011 (Manawanui).
O’Shea and the Godolphin stable have also accepted for their Run To The Rose third placed Commands colt Holler who Sam Clipperton rides from gate five.
Rounding out the Golden Rose field this spring are the Ron Quinton-trained The Rosebud third placed Let’s Make It Rain and Gary Portelli’s Rosebud winner Sebring Sun who was last seen running third in the Up & Coming Stakes.
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2015 Golden Rose Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Racecourse – 12/09/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||111×2||PRESS STATEMENT||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||3||56.5kg||92|
|2||7x110x1||EXOSPHERE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||2||56.5kg||93|
|3||1211||GOLD SYMPHONY||Peter G Moody||Tommy Berry||1||56.5kg||85|
|4||6x22x41||RAGEESE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||9||56.5kg||80|
|5||321×1||SHARDS||John O’Shea||Joao Moreira||6||56.5kg||80|
|6||2x355x113||SEBRING SUN||Gary Portelli||Jim Cassidy||7||56.5kg||78|
|7||23×7132||LET’S MAKE IT RAIN||Ron Quinton||Tim Clark||8||56.5kg||74|
|8||1x3x3||HOLLER||John O’Shea||Sam Clipperton||5||56.5kg||73|
|9||3x210x11||SPEAK FONDLY||Gai Waterhouse||Brett Prebble||4||54.5kg||100|