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The 2017 Golden Rose at Rosehill today is the first Group 1 of the Sydney Spring Carnival and has pulled together a classy group of three year olds which includes the brilliant Menari, the classy Pariah and the unbeaten Melbourne colt Merchant Navy.
The nine event Rosehill program is full of talent all through the day and the results of every race will be published at races.com.au.
Support races for the Golden Rose include the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) for the stayers, the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) for several Epsom Handicap hopefuls, the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) for the fillies and mares and the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) for the three year olds that are looking for a bit of ground.
Keep up to date with all the race results from the 2017 Golden Rose Race Day at Rosehill by visiting races.com.au
2017 Golden Rose Race Day All Day Results
Race 1 (12:15pm) $100,000 Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Handicap (1300m)
The well supported Beau Geste got some punters off to a great start on Golden Rose Day with a tough win in the BenchMark 74 Handicap.
The James Cummings trained Beau Geste was slow to leave the barriers and winning jockey Brenton Avdulla had to adopt different race tactics and settled the $2.40 favourite in the second half of the field.
Avdulla then eased Beau Geste to the centre of the track in the straight and the Street Cry three year old finished the race off nicely to hold off Our Mantra ($18) while the $2.50 second favourite Paret had the wanders in the straight before filling third spot.
- 1st – Beau Geste
- 2nd – Our Mantra
- 3rd – Paret
Race 2 (12:50pm) Group 3 $150,000 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m)
The Richard Freedman trained Auvray had to survive a protest to retain first place in the Colin Stephen Quality at Rosehill.
In a thrilling finish in the five horse race, Auvray ($3.20) outstayed Admiral Jello ($4) by a head with third placegetter Broadside ($2.70 favourite) squeezed up on the fence.
Corey Brown fired in a protest after his mount Admiral Jello was tightened in between the two other placegetters over the final 250m but the objection was dismissed..
- 1st – Auvray
- 2nd – Admiral Jello,
- 3rd – Broadside
Race 3 (1:25pm) $60,000 Highway Handicap (1500m)
Short priced favourite Don’t Give A Damn ($1.65 favourite) gave nothing else chance with a six and a half lengths runway win in the Highway Handicap.
Winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy had the Danny Williams trained four year old in the firing line from the start and kept the punters happy from the outset.
$21 outsider Delivered ran home late to grab second just ahead of Motime who was also one of the unwanted runners in the betting at $61.
- 1st – Don’t Give A Damn
- 2nd – Delivered
- 3rd – Motime
Race 4 (2:00pm) $100,000 Ranvet Handicap (2000m)
European import Alward appreciated the step back up to 2000m to beat his unlucky stablemate Up ‘N’ Rolling in the Ranvet Handicap.
Winning jockey Hugh Bowman gave Alward ($4.40) a cushy run just behind the leaders and was then able to hold the second placed Up ‘N’ Rolling ($1.85 favourite) in a pocket for most of the length of the straight.
Kerrin McEvoy on Up ‘N’ Rolling couldn’t find daylight until well inside the 100m but ran out of time to pick up the winner with $26 chance Zaunkonig running on for third.
- 1st – Alward
- 2nd – Up ‘N’ Rolling
- 3rd – Zaunkonig
Race 5 (2:35pm) Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Shannon Stakes (1500m)
The Gerald Ryan trained Washington Heights made it two wins from last two starts with a last to first performance in the Shannon Stakes.
Kerrin McEvoy settled Washington Heights ($4.80) at the tail of the field before circling the field in the straight to score a half a length win over of the $41 outsider Mighty Lucky with Imposing Lass ($7.50) sticking on for third.
The $3.40 favourite Dawn Wall also settled near the tail of the field but only plodded in the straight to finish fifth.
- 1st – Washington Heights
- 2nd – Mighty Lucky
- 3rd – Imposing Lass
Race 6 (3:15pm) Group 3 $200,000 James Boag’s Premium Gloaming Stakes (1800m)
A clever front running ride from Tye Angland saw Ace High lead all of the way to win the Gloaming Stakes.
Ace High has relished the step up in distance to 1800m today and trainer David Payne said the High Chaparral three year old will now progress to the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in a fortnight.
Ace High started at the good odds of $9 and was able to hold off the sustained challenge of the well supported Sanctions ($3.60) with $21 outsider Coral Coast hanging on for third.
The $3.30 favourite Astoria travelled in the middle of the pack and never threatened in the straight to finish fifth.
- 1st – Ace High
- 2nd – Sanctioned
- 3rd – Coral Coast
Race 7 (3:55pm) Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m)
The Gerald Ryan trained Trapeze Artist scored a major upset win in the Group 1 Golden Rose for the three year olds.
The Snitzel colt was sent out as one of the outsiders of the Golden Rose field at $41 and after jumping from the extreme outside barrier, ran away from the opposition in the run to the line to record a very decisive win under the hard riding of Tye Angland.
The Bjorn Baker trained filly Champagne Cuddles ($17) ran home for second with the winner’s more fancied stablemate Menari ($2.40 favourite) falling into third place.
- 1st – Trapeze Artist
- 2nd – Champagne Cuddles
- 3rd – Menari
Race 8 (4:35pm) Group 2 $400,000 Golden Pendant (1400m)
Trainer Ron Quinton saddled up the winning quinella with Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms in the Golden Pendant.
Winning jockey Andrew Adkins was caught three wide on Daysee Doom ($5.50) from a wide barrier but that didn’t stop the five year old mare from finishing off the race strongly to hold off her stablemate Dixie Blossoms ($7) in the run to the line.
The $4.20 favourite Omei Sword had every chance from the inside barrier to finish third.
- 1st – Daysee Doom
- 2nd – Dixie Blossoms
- 3rd – Omei Sword
Race 9 (5:15pm) $100,000 BenchMark 89 Handicap (1400m)
Trainer Bjorn Baker and jockey Jason Collett combined to take out the last race on Golden Rose Day with Sir Plush leading all of the way.
Collett let the five year old stride to the front from the outside barrier and Sir Plush ($6.50) relished those tactics and went on to record a comfortable three and three quarter lengths win over the Chris Waller pair of Hogmanay ($9.50) and Zumbelina ($2.40 favourite) who tried hard in the straight and wound up in third position.
- 1st – Sir Plush
- 2nd – Hogmanay
- 3rd – Zumbelina
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