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Godolphin are without representation in Saturday’s Golden Rose Stakes 2017 field following final acceptances for the Rosehill Gardens feature.
Originally Kementari looked bound for a run in the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for the powerhouse stable who won the past two editions with the John O’Shea-trained Exosphere (2015) and Astern (2016).
Their new head trainer James Cummings however confirmed Kementari was now in Melbourne gearing up for a shot at the Group 1 $2 million Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 14 and would bypass the Golden Rose in Sydney.
Menari has won his two lead-up runs at the Rosehill track this time in, the flying son of Snitzel completing the Listed The Rosebud (1100m) – Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) double.
The Run To The Rose has produced the past five Golden Rose Stakes winners including the last three completing the double that Menari is well-fancied to round out on the weekend.
In the past seven years only two favourites in Golden Rose Stakes betting have saluted for the punters, Menari out to be the third on the trot to get the job done for the punters.
At Tuesday morning’s Golden Rose Stakes barrier draw Menari drew barrier 11, which hasn’t produced a champion in the race since Sportsman (2002).
Just two fillies feature in this season’s Golden Rose Stakes field with Champagne Cuddles and Formality set to take on the colts and geldings in the million dollar feature.
In the past 16 years the sole Golden Rose winning filly was the Peter Snowden-trained Forensics (2008) giving this year’s duo a notable hoodoo to overcome.
The Bjorn Baker-trained Not A Single Doubt filly Champagne Cuddles is on the short seven day back-up having finished second to Alizee at Randwick last weekend in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m).
That was her third placing on the trot against her own kind this season after she finished third in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) and second in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) first and second-up respectively.
Winner of the Silver Shadow Stakes – Furious Stakes double, the Lindsay Park-trained Formality bypassed last weekend’s Tea Rose Stakes in favour of an extra week’s rest before tackling the Golden Rose Stakes.
The other key fancy in the Golden Rose Stakes betting markets this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, Merchant Navy was a big winner at the draw coming up trumps with gate two.
The Ciaron Maher-trained Fastnet Rock colt has raced solely in Victoria to date winning all four of his opening career starts.
His latest victory was at Caulfield on September 2 in the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) and the last Golden Rose winner to come off a non-Sydney lead-up was Toorak Toff (2010).
The H.D.F. McNeil Stakes form was franked last Saturday by the second placed filly Booker who ran a brave third beaten under a length by the outstanding winner Catchy in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Along with Menari, another widely-drawn top fancy for the Group 1 is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pariah in barrier 12.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden has prepared three previous Golden Rose Stakes winners with Forensics (2008), Denman (2009) and Epaulette (2012) when he was head trainer for Godolphin, then Darley.
Redoute’s Choice colt is out to be his first since partnering with son Paul and the youngster looks a livewire chance.
Runner-up to Catchy in the autumn’s Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), Pariah won the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) first-up at Rosehill before running one and a half-lengths back second to Menari in the Run To The Rose last start.
See below for the official Golden Rose Stakes 2017 field, barriers and jockeys with updated markets to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 Golden Rose Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Gardens – 23/09/2017
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4x234161x7||THE MISSION||Paul Perry||Corey Brown||3||56.5kg||95|
|2||12540×11||MENARI||Gerald Ryan||Joshua Parr||11||56.5kg||94|
|3||1220×12||PARIAH||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||12||56.5kg||91|
|4||2121||GOLD STANDARD||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tommy Berry||10||56.5kg||85|
|5||14163×64||TRAPEZE ARTIST||Gerald Ryan||Tye Angland||14||56.5kg||84|
|6||132590×26||CHAUFFEUR||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||7||56.5kg||83|
|7||111×1||MERCHANT NAVY||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||2||56.5kg||83|
|8||2x170x88||DIAMOND TATHAGATA||Mark Newnham||Glyn Schofield||4||56.5kg||80|
|9||15×21||DRACARYS||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||1||56.5kg||78|
|10||112||ASSIMILATE||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||9||56.5kg||75|
|11||5x612x2125||SHOGUN SUN||Kelly Schweida||Christian Reith||6||56.5kg||70|
|12||136×673||PERAST||Paul Perry||Adam Hyeronimus||5||56.5kg||70|
|13||11302×11||FORMALITY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||13||54.5kg||88|
|14||1x1x322||CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES||Bjorn Baker||Jason Collett||8||54.5kg||80|
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