Run to the Rose

The Run to the Rose is a Group 2 sprint held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in September by three-year-olds heading into the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).

2023 The Run To The Rose Results

  • 1st: #2 Cylinder
  • 2nd: #8 Moravia
  • 3rd: #10 Nadal



The Run to the Rose is a 1200 metre sprint held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse* in Sydney in early September as a lead-up to the Golden Rose Stakes.

*Note: In 2021 the Run To The Rose Day took place at Kembla Grange having moved from Rosehill due to COVID-19. 

Open to horses aged three years old and run under set weights plus penalties conditions, The Run to the Rose is a genuine test of sprinting ability and tends to display some of the best talent on the Sydney circuit. With a total prize pool of $300,000 as of 2023 the race attracts plenty of great young horses from renowned stables looking for bigger spring targets over the coming weeks.

The Run to the Rose is now contested on a spring race card featuring two other Group 2 status races – the Theo Marks Stakes and the recently upgraded Sheraco Stakes.

The Run to the Rose is a major lead up event to the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), one of Sydney racing’s main events and worth $1 million prize money. The Golden Rose runs a fortnight later at Rosehill and usually contains quite a few horses that previously participated in the Run to the Rose. It is definitely worth watching the lead up race in order to get an idea of how the field interacts and to gauge form for the Golden Rose.

Astern (2016) followed by Bivouac (2019) are the latest horses to complete the Run To The Rose – Golden Rose Stakes double.

In 2020 the Run To The Rose form was franked when the runner-up Ole Kirk went on to win the Golden Rose Stakes, while North Pacific ran third in the Group 2 and second in the Group 1.

The 2021 Run To The Rose winner Anamoe went on to run second in that year’s Golden Rose results before a win in Melbourne’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m). Anamoe also ran a devastatingly close second in that year’s Cox Plate at The Valley, and won the following year’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

Further franking the 2021 Run To The Rose form was the runner-up In The Congo who won the Golden Rose next start.

The 2022 Run To The Rose winner In Secret franked the form with a next-up Golden Rose second before her Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) win over the boys at Flemington that Melbourne Cup Carnival. She also returned the following autumn to win the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap in 2023 at Flemington.

The Run To The Rose 2023 ran on Saturday September 9, 2023 at Rosehill Gardens and was narrowly won by the Godolphin-raced favourite Cylinder ($2.50F). 

2023 Run to the Rose
Date: Saturday September 9, 2023
Track: Rosehill Racecourse 
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs – SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2023 The Run To The Rose Results

Check out the official The Run To The Rose 2023 Results & Finishing Order below straight after the Golden Rose lead-up event takes place on Saturday September 9, 2023.

  • 1st: #2 Cylinder ($2.50F)
  • 2nd: #8 Moravia
  • 3rd: #10 Nadal

The James Cummings-trained Golden Slipper runner-up from the autumn, Cylinder ($2.50F), overcame a horror run getting out just in time to charge home late and defeat the front-running Moravia to salute for the punters with a commanding victory in the Run To The Rose 2023 results.

Click here to read more on the narrow victory by Cylinder in the 2023 Run To The Rose results.

2023 Run To The Rose Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 CYLINDER James Cummings Nash Rawiller 4 57.5kg $2.50F
2 8 MORAVIA Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 0.17L 9 55kg $14
3 10 NADAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 0.45L 2 55kg $11
4 7 BUTCH CASSIDY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 0.48L 5 55kg $9
5 1 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 0.76L 6 58.5kg $20
6 9 GENERAL SALUTE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 0.78L 8 55kg $26
7 4 DON CORLEONE Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 1.47L 7 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $11
8 3 LIBERTAD Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 1.94L 3 57kg $3.30
9 5 CHRYSAOR Chris Waller Dylan Gibbons (a) 2.66L 1 55kg $51
12 KANDINSKY ABSTRACT Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 0
11 MISSILE DEFENCE Anthony Cummings Sam Clipperton 0
6 CONGREGATION Chris Waller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Run To The Rose Betting Odds

Betting on The Run To The Rose 2023 will be provided below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the event.

In Secret ($3.20 in 2022) and Cylinder ($2.50 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Run To The Rose betting to win.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 RUN TO THE ROSE ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Run To The Rose Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 RUN TO THE ROSE FORM GUIDE

2023 Run To The Rose Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Run To The Rose 2023 Tips on the Golden Rose lead-up this September.

  • To Win: #2 Cylinder ($2.15 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Typically top edition of the Run To The Rose, but it is hard to knock the deserving favourite Cylinder with the fitness edge here. James Cummings’ well-tried Exceed And Excel colt is putting together a very nice record posting win number three first-up in the Group 3 Vain Stakes in Melbourne. The Golden Slipper runner-up had nothing to spare on the line, but with natural improvement off that he’ll be better back in Sydney over six furlongs. Can salute again.

2023 Run To The Rose Field

The 2023 Run to the Rose field is announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week with the full list of final acceptances to be published below.

The Run To The Rose 2023 final field features a quality line-up of Golden Rose-bound youngsters including Godolphin’s first-up Vain Stakes winner in Melbourne Cylinder, the undefeated Annabel Neasham-trained Libertad coming off a good win in the San Domenico Stakes, and Chris Waller’s returning Group 1 Sires’ Produce – Champagne Stakes double winner Militarize

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Run To The Rose 2023 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 7 58.5kg 104
2 22x1127x1 CYLINDER James Cummings Nash Rawiller 4 57.5kg 98
3 11×1 LIBERTAD Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 3 57kg 90
4 142426x DON CORLEONE Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 8 55kg 55.5kg 90
5 4140x137x CHRYSAOR Chris Waller Dylan Gibbons (a) 1 55kg 77
6 118x CONGREGATION Chris Waller 12 55kg 72
7 2108×3 BUTCH CASSIDY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 5 55kg 72
8 12 MORAVIA Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 11 55kg 73
9 3x1x4 GENERAL SALUTE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 10 55kg 70
10 26×1 NADAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 2 55kg 65
11 351 MISSILE DEFENCE Anthony Cummings Sam Clipperton 6 55kg 61
12 1×6 KANDINSKY ABSTRACT Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 9 55kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Run to the Rose Nominations

The Run To The Rose 2023 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week and traditionally attract three-year-olds coming off lead-up Sydney runs in races like The Rosebud or San Domenico Stakes.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 22x1127x1 CYLINDER C 3 James Cummings 1 57.5kg 98
2 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 2 58.5kg 104
3 142426x DON CORLEONE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 55kg 90
4 11×1 LIBERTAD C 3 Annabel Neasham 4 57kg 90
5 31x6x1 CHARM STONE F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 5 55kg 86
6 4140x137x CHRYSAOR C 3 Chris Waller 6 55kg 77
7 3231×5 CORNICHE C 3 James Cummings 7 57.5kg 88
8 23x KUNDALINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 53kg
9 333331x TREASURWAY F 3 Jason Warren 9 55kg 73
10 37x32121x HEURISTIC C 3 James Cummings 10 57kg 73
11 118x CONGREGATION C 3 Chris Waller 11 55kg 72
12 2108×3 BUTCH CASSIDY C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 55kg 72
13 12 MORAVIA C 3 Michael Freedman 13 55kg 73
14 3x1x4 GENERAL SALUTE C 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 14 55kg 70
15 46×510 UNTOUCHABLE LEGEND F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15 53kg 65
16 26×1 NADAL C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 55kg 65
17 351 MISSILE DEFENCE C 3 Anthony Cummings 17 55kg 61
18 1×1 SHOW ME MERCY G 3 Stuart Kendrick 18 55kg 65
19 1×6 KANDINSKY ABSTRACT C 3 Chris Waller 19 55kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Run to the Rose History

The Run to the Rose was inaugurated in 2003, with Gilded Youth taking out the first edition of the race. Originally called the Monakea 3YO Quality Handicap, the race changed name in 2005 for a year to the Smithfield RSL Club Handicap. From 2006 onwards, it has been known as The Run to the Rose. A listed race from the outset, the Run to the Rose was upgraded to Group 3 in 2007. In 2015 it was upgraded to a Group 2 event and has retained that status since.

For much of its early years the Run to the Rose was run over 1300 metres, however the distance was reduced to 1200 metres from 2011 onwards. The Golden Rose is 1400 metres.

Notable Run to the Rose winners include Eremein (2004), El Cambio (2007), Pierro (2012), Astern (2016) and the latest to go on and win the Group 1 Golden Rose – Bivouac (2019).

Run to the Rose results since the race’s first edition in 2003 are listed below.

The 2021 Run To The Rose ran at Kembla Grange due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Run to the Rose Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
The Run to the Rose
1st Cylinder 1 minute 09.67 seconds
2nd Moravia
3rd Nadal
2022
The Run to the Rose
1st In Secret 1 minute 10.12 seconds
2nd Best Of Bordeaux
3rd Sweet Ride
2021
The Run to the Rose
(Run at Kembla Grange)
1st Anamoe 1 minute 10.24 seconds
2nd In The Congo
3rd Remarque
2020
The Run to the Rose
1st Rothfire 1 minute 08.52 seconds
2nd Ole Kirk
3rd North Pacific
2019
The Run to the Rose
1st Bivouac 1 minute 08.72 seconds
2nd Yes Yes Yes
3rd Exceedance
2018
The Run to the Rose
1st Lean Mean Machine 1 minute 13.59 seconds
2nd Graff
3rd Jonker
2017
The Run to the Rose
1st Menari 1 minute 08.59 seconds
2nd Pariah
3rd Perast
2016
The Run to the Rose
1st Astern 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Star Turn
3rd Impending
2015
The Run to the Rose
1st Exosphere 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Press Statement
3rd Holler
2014
The Run to the Rose
1st Hallowed Crown 1 minute 12.9 seconds
2nd Kumaon
3rd Ygritte
2013
The Run to the Rose
1st Va Pensiero 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd Dissident
3rd Marseille Roulette
2012
The Run to the Rose
1st Pierro 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Your Song
3rd Epaulette
2011
The Run to the Rose
1st Smart Missile 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Foxwedge
3rd Helmet
2010
The Run to the Rose
1st Squamosa 1 minute 18.2 seconds
2nd Masquerader
3rd Testarhythm
2009
The Run to the Rose
1st Denman 1 minute 16.6 seconds
2nd More Than Great
3rd Bombay Sling
2008
The Run to the Rose
1st Desuetude 1 minute 18.1 seconds
2nd Maybe I
3rd Emperor Bonaparte
2007
The Run to the Rose
1st El Cambio 1 minute 16.2 seconds
2nd Rapid Jacko
3rd Turffontein
2006
The Run to the Rose
1st Mentality 1 minute 17.6 seconds
2nd He’s No Pie Eater
3rd Boncoeur
2005
The Run to the Rose
1st Paratroopers 1 minute 16.3 seconds
2nd Pendragon
3rd Thunderbird Hill
2004
The Run to the Rose
1st Eremein 1 minute 18.3 seconds
2nd Uber
3rd Econsul
2003
The Run to the Rose
1st Gilded Youth 1 minute 16.7 seconds
2nd Charmview
3rd Confectioner

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