The Australian Turf Club (ATC) received 212 first acceptances for September’s 2016 Golden Rose Stakes including 19 entries for Peter & Paul Snowden who prepare early favourite Capitalist.
Over 200 rising three-year-olds remain in the mix for this season’s edition of the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), running at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on September 10.
Sitting top of futures Golden Rose betting at bookies around the country is Team Snowden’s Golden Slipper winner Capitalist, who resumes racing against the older horses on August 6 in the $175,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden has prepared three previous Golden Rose Stakes winners with Forensics (2008), Denman (2009) and Epaulette (2012), but will be trialling a new lead-up with Capitalist this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
The stable has a total of 19 Golden Rose first acceptances with Capitalist to possibly joined by the likes of undefeated Snitzel colt Russian Revolution, VRC Sires’ Produce runner-up Detective, Northern Meteor filly Quick Feet, recent Canterbury winning Smart Missile colt Mediterranean and Black Opal champ Defcon.
Snowden’s 2008 winner Forensics was the last filly to win the Golden Rose, but this year the bookies are taking no chances with the David Vandyke-trained Yankee Rose who is the other headline first acceptor.
The All American filly is the sole entry for Vandyke and has won all but one of her career starts to date when runner-up to Capitalist in the Golden Slipper.
She went on to win the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) next start at Randwick in April and will be stretched out to a mile post the Golden Rose this season in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on Epsom Handicap Day, October 1.
Last year’s Golden Rose Stakes winner was the John O’Shea-trained Exosphere for the Godolphin stable who boast 26 first acceptors this year.
Leading the Godolphin contingent is Astern who, like Yankee Rose, has won three of his four career starts.
The Medaglia D’Oro colt ran 11th in the Golden Sipper, but relished a drop back in class next up to win Randwick’s Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) last time out in an equal first with El Divino.
Telperion is the other standout for O’Shea heading towards this year’s Golden Rose, the Street Cry colt having run fourth in the Golden Slipper and a brave second behind the runaway winner in the ATC Sires’ Produce during ‘The Championships’ this autumn.
Another well-fancied youngster in early Golden Rose Stakes betting for the season is Good Standing, a Group 2 winning James Cummings-trained Artie Schiller colt who ran fifth in the ATC Sires’ Produce last time out.
Cummings has a total of five entries, his other headliner being More Than Ready colt Prized Icon who won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in mid-April, and won the race in 2014 in partnership with his late great grandfather Bart Cummings.
Team Hawkes’ Champagne Stakes third placegetter Divine Prophet is also a Golden Rose first acceptor, the Choisir colt beaten 1.1 lengths in the mile classic at Randwick.
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes have a total of 26 entries, co-trainer and Hall of Famer John Hawkes chasing his second win after success with Paratroopers in 2005.
Gai Waterhouse will chase her first Golden Rose win this spring with a total of five entries led by her aforementioned co-Kindergarten Stakes winner El Divino.
Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller won the Golden Rose three years back with Zoustar (2013) and has 11 first acceptances this year led by High Chaparral filly Omei Sword.
The most notable non-acceptor was Mick Price’s Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice.
Also missing from the Golden Rose first acceptances are Waterhouse’s Group 2 Todman Stakes winner Kiss And Make Up and O’Shea’s JJ Atkins fourth placed Lonhro colt Souchez.
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