The Roses

The Group 2 The Roses is traditionally held on Doomben Cup Day during the Brisbane Carnival as a Queensland Oaks lead-up.

2021 The Roses Results

  • 1st: #8 Only Words
  • 2nd: #2 Bargain
  • 3rd: #7 Charms Star



The Roses, formerly known as the Doomben Roses, is held annually in either May or June as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Traditionally run at Doomben Racecourse, The Roses pays a total of $250,000 in prize money as of 2021 and takes place on Doomben Cup Day.

In 2020 the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival was reduced and many races rescheduled due to COVID-19 including The Roses, which was moved to the weekend after Stradbroke Handicap Day and run at Eagle Farm Racecourse over a shorter 1800m distance offering $175,000 in prize money.

Raced over 2000m, the Group 2 The Roses is run under set weights conditions and is open to three-year-old fillies as a key lead-up to the following month’s Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m).

The Doomben Roses was upgraded to a Group 2 event for the 2014 edition, having previously been run as a Group 3 race since 2003.

Three fillies throughout history have completed The Roses – Queensland Oaks double with Ethereal (2001), Scarlett Lady (2011) and Youngstar (2018). Ethereal also went on to take out that year’s Melbourne Cup over the two miles at Flemington making her the most famous of all The Roses winners.

The Roses 2021 took place on Saturday May 22, 2021 and was won in an upset by the Chris Waller-trained Only Words at 15/1. 

2021 The Roses
Date: Saturday May 22, 2021
Track: Doomben Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2021 The Roses Results

  • 1st: #8 Only Words
  • 2nd: #2 Bargain
  • 3rd: #7 Charms Star

Chris Waller’s improver Only Words ($16) showed her staying potential with an upset win in The Roses 2021 results defeating the ATC Oaks third placegetter Bargain ($4.20) and the fellow Waller-trained Charms Star ($14).

Click here to read more on The Roses 2021 win by Oaks-bound Only Words.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 ONLY WORDS (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 6 56.5kg $16
2 2 BARGAIN (NZ) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 1.25L 3 56.5kg $4.20
3 7 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1.55L 2 56.5kg $14
4 4 EASIFAR (NZ) Chris Waller Luke Dittman 1.75L 14 56.5kg $16
5 10 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) Chris Waller Opie Bosson 3.5L 1 56.5kg $11
6 3 GRACE AND HARMONY (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3.7L 12 56.5kg $3.80F
7 17e DESIGNS Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 4.95L 7 56.5kg $17
8 15 RURU Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5.35L 9 56.5kg $81
9 11 GUNMETAL GIRL (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 5.75L 16 56.5kg $81
10 13 YATTON (NZ) Michael Moroney Ben Thompson 7.25L 10 56.5kg $71
11 6 GOOD SOIZE Tony Gollan Ryan Maloney 7.45L 5 56.5kg $10
12 9 SPLENDIFEROUS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Orman 7.85L 15 56.5kg $26
13 1 TYCOON EVIE Rex Lipp Glen Boss 11.1L 8 56.5kg $16
14 5 SEE MARIE Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 14.85L 13 56.5kg $51
15 12 ATONEMENT Matthew Smith Nash Rawiller 19.35L 11 56.5kg $21
16 14 BELLA VIOLET John Thompson Michael Cahill 26.35L 4 56.5kg $101
18e OUTLOOK Brad Widdup 0
16 HIMIKO John Thompson Ben Thompson 0
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 The Roses Betting

The Roses 2021 betting odds for the winter will be available below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the race.

Vanna Girl ($2.10 in 2020) was the last favourite in The Roses betting to salute for the punters.

2021 The Roses Field

The Roses field attracts the season’s top three-year-old staying fillies coming off a lead-up run in either an earlier Queensland race like the Gold Coast Bracelet or possibly the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2010m) in Adelaide, and is the last of the traditional Queensland Oaks lead-up races.

The official 2021 The Roses field & barriers will be announced below the Wednesday of race week.

The Roses 2021 final field features a capacity line-up of Oaks hopes led in betting by the ATC Oaks third placegetter Bargain and Chris Waller’s flying Gold Coast Bracelet winner Grace And Harmony chasing a fourth win on the trot.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 17×2211120 TYCOON EVIE Rex Lipp Glen Boss 10 56.5kg 80
2 317×916423 BARGAIN (NZ) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 3 56.5kg 85
3 53×111 GRACE AND HARMONY (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 14 56.5kg 82
4 2314×14015 EASIFAR (NZ) Chris Waller Luke Dittman 16 56.5kg 81.5
5 244x3130x1 SEE MARIE Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 15 56.5kg 72
6 3121×44 GOOD SOIZE Tony Gollan Ryan Maloney 6 56.5kg 69
7 02551622x CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2 56.5kg 85
8 x11x656193 ONLY WORDS (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 7 56.5kg 77
9 7x550x111 SPLENDIFEROUS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Orman 17 56.5kg 69
10 3113665562 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) Chris Waller Opie Bosson 1 56.5kg 77
11 7431×14266 GUNMETAL GIRL (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 18 56.5kg 65
12 07313×91 ATONEMENT Matthew Smith Nash Rawiller 13 56.5kg 68
13 34408×158 YATTON (NZ) Michael Moroney Ben Thompson (late alt) 12 56.5kg 62
14 555242×221 BELLA VIOLET John Thompson Michael Cahill 5 56.5kg 61
15 71×90110 RURU Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 11 56.5kg 67
16 7916×2013 HIMIKO John Thompson Ben Thompson 4 56.5kg 61
17e 432x13P3 DESIGNS Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 63
18e 25×412 OUTLOOK Brad Widdup 8 56.5kg 62
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 The Roses Nominations

The Roses nominations are usually announced on the Monday before race day with the full list of early entries to be published below once announced.

The Roses History

Established in 1996, The Roses has grown rapidly in prominence, achieving Group 3 status within 9 years (1996) and Group 2 status in 18 years (2014).

Inaugurated as the Doomben Roses, from 2010 onwards the race has been known simply as The Roses.

The Doomben Roses was initially raced over 1625m, dropping back to 1615m in 1997, and then remaining at a steady 2020m from 1998 until 2011. Since 2012 the race has been 2000m.

The 2020 The Roses ran at Eagle Farm over 1800m due to COVID-19.

Many horses who race in the Doomben Roses go on to compete in the Queensland Oaks (2400m), the premier staying event for fillies in Queensland. Only two fillies have won the Doomben Roses-Queensland Oaks double; Ethereal (2001) and Scarlett Lady (2011).

Doomben Roses results since 2000 are listed below.

Doomben Roses Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Doomben Roses
1st Only Words 2 minutes 3.43 seconds
2nd Bargain
3rd Charms Star
2020
Doomben Roses
1st Vanna Girl 1 minute 48.20 seconds (over 1800m)
2nd Cellarmaid
3rd Celestial Falls
2019
Doomben Roses
1st Etana 2 minutes 3.39 seconds
2nd Aliferous
3rd Welsh Legend
2018
Doomben Roses
1st Youngstar 2 minutes 36.86 seconds
2nd Another Dollar
3rd Highway
2017
Doomben Roses
1st Kenedna 2 minutes 08.0 seconds
2nd Oklahoma Girl
3rd Perilous Love
2016
Doomben Roses
1st Kebede 2 minutes 2.5 seconds
2nd Sebring Sally
3rd Imposing Lass
2015
Doomben Roses
1st Bohemian Lily 2 minutes 04.08 seconds
2nd Col ‘N’ Lil
3rd Whatalovelyday
2014
Doomben Roses
1st Arabian Gold 2 minutes 3.08 seconds
2nd Tinto
3rd Tornado Miss
2013
Doomben Roses
1st Dear Demi 2 minutes 5.36 seconds
2nd Gondokoro
3rd Vaquera
2012
Doomben Roses
1st Invest 2 minutes 4.17 seconds
2nd Miss Artistic
3rd Scorpio Queen
2011
Doomben Roses
1st Scarlett Lady 2 minutes 4.0 seconds
2nd Savannah’s Choice
3rd Divorces
2010
Doomben Roses
1st Marheta 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Femina Fashion
3rd Dariana
2009
Doomben Roses
1st Awesome Planet 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Ekstreme
3rd Purple
2008
Doomben Roses
1st Heavenly Glow 2 minutes 5.5 seconds
2nd Pentacity
3rd Miss Maren
2007
Doomben Roses
1st Lasoron 2 minutes 3.0 seconds
2nd My Lady’s Chamber
3rd Eskimo Queen
2006
Doomben Roses
1st Gaze 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Upstaged
3rd Zenarta
2005
Doomben Roses
1st Cinque Cento 2 minutes 4.0 seconds
2nd Ponte Piccolo
3rd Fiery Sunset
2004
Doomben Roses
1st Natural Woman 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Charmview
3rd Imana
2003
Doomben Roses
1st The Jewel 2 minutes 4.9 seconds
2nd Crianca
3rd Domielle
2002
Doomben Roses
1st Palidamah 2 minutes 1.9 seconds
2nd Faiza
3rd Quays
2001
Doomben Roses
1st Ethereal 2 minutes 4.3 seconds
2nd Life Is Beautiful
3rd Dandify
2000
Doomben Roses
1st Avilde 2 minutes 5.4 seconds
2nd Miss Zoe
3rd Citirecruit

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