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).

2020 The Run To The Rose Results

  • 1st: #3 Rothfire
  • 2nd: #6 Ole Kirk
  • 3rd: #5 North Pacific



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.

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 $200,000, 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.

The Run to the Rose 2020 ran on Saturday September 12, 2020 and was won by Queensland star Rothfire first-up. 

2020 Run to the Rose
Date: Saturday September 12, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs – SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 The Run To The Rose Results

  • 1st: #3 Rothfire
  • 2nd: #6 Ole Kirk
  • 3rd: #5 North Pacific

Check out the official The Run To The Rose 2020 Results & Finishing Order below straight after the Golden Rose lead-up event takes place on Saturday September 12, 2020.

Robert Heathcote’s Group 1 JJ Atkins winner Rothfire ($5) proved his class first-up with a powerhouse win in the 2020 The Run To The Rose results. It was the Queensland’s first interstate run and secured his favouritism for the Group 1 Golden Rose. Rothfire is also the latest confirmed runner for the $15 million The Everest.

Click here to read more on the outstanding first-up The Run To The Rose 2020 win by Rothfire.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 2 58.5kg $5
2 6 OLE KIRK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1.5L 7 56kg $31
3 5 NORTH PACIFIC Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 2.5L 1 57kg $4
4 7 PELTZER Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 3.4L 3 55kg $9.50
5 1 FARNAN Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Hugh Bowman 3.8L 6 58.5kg $2.40F
6 4 MAMARAGAN John Thompson Nash Rawiller 4.8L 5 57.5kg $10
7 2 KING’S LEGACY Peter & Paul Snowden Jason Collett 5.2L 4 58.5kg $31

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Run To The Rose Odds

Betting on The Run To The Rose 2020 will be provided below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the event.

2020 Run To The Rose Field

The 2020 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.

An outstanding field of seven three-year-olds in the 2020 Run To The Rose where Golden Slipper winner Farnan is hot favourite to dominate fresh.

Click here to read more on the outstanding 2020 The Run To The Rose field & betting favourites.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 THE RUN TO THE ROSE DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 110111x FARNAN Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Hugh Bowman 6 58.5kg 104
2 315x911x KING’S LEGACY Peter & Paul Snowden Jason Collett 4 58.5kg 102
3 11x112x11x ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 2 58.5kg 100
4 133×3 MAMARAGAN John Thompson Nash Rawiller 5 57.5kg 92
5 3×11 NORTH PACIFIC Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 1 57kg 85
6 1343×2 OLE KIRK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 7 56kg 80
7 111×2 PELTZER Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 3 55kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Run to the Rose Nominations

The Run To The Rose 2020 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.

The 2020 The Run To The Rose nominations feature a star-studded list of 11 early entries led by the returning Golden Slipper winner Farnan, Hawkes Racing’s spruik three-year-old North Pacific and flying The Rosebud champ Anders.

Click here to read more on the key The Run To The Rose 2020 nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 436x211x11 ANDERS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
2 110111x FARNAN C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
3 315x911x KING’S LEGACY C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
4 133×3 MAMARAGAN C 3 John Thompson 92
5 3×11 NORTH PACIFIC C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 85
6 1343×2 OLE KIRK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 80
7 3224×3 OVERLORD C 3 Chris Waller 72
8 111×2 PELTZER C 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 84
9 116162x PRAGUE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
10 6x221x71 PRIME STAR G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 82
11 11x112x11x ROTHFIRE G 3 Robert Heathcote

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.

Run to the Rose Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
The Run to the Rose
1st Rothfire 1 minute 08.52
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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