FACTS AND FIGURES ON THE GOLDEN ROSE
Group One, 1400m, $1 million, three-year-olds, set weights
* Was the Peter Pan Stakes until 2002. The following year In Top Swing won the first running of the Golden Rose worth $1 million.
* Elevated to Group One status in 2009
* Colts and geldings have dominated the race. No filly has won the race since it became a Group One
THIS YEAR’S FIELD
* There are 11 acceptors with 10 colts and Seabrook the lone filly
* There are two Group One winners in the race, The Autumn Sun and Seabrook
* Trainer Chris Waller has three horses in the race
* Jockeys riding who have won the race since it became a Group One include Tye Angland, Kerrin McEvoy, James McDonald (twice), Tommy Berry and Damien Oliver.
* Peter Snowden trained Denman (2009) and Epaulette (2012) to win while Chris Waller prepared Zoustar to win in 2013. Snowden and his son Paul have Tchaikovsky engaged this year.
THE EARLY MONEY
* Graff is the favourite to win the Golden Rose
* Four of the past nine Run To The Rose winners have completed the double
* Lean Mean Machine is this year’s Run To The Rose winner after beating Graff and Jonker into the placings
“He’s maintained his form, tightened up a little bit more so I think he’s in the right condition to go into a 1400-metre Group One race” – trainer Kris Lees on Graff.
“They’re a good bunch of three-year-olds and my bloke has been around the mark” – jockey Brenton Avdulla on his mount Jonker.
“(Damien Oliver) rode her in a gallop on Tuesday morning and he can be critical, but he’s also a very good judge, and he got off and said she’s spot on” – trainer Mick Price on Seabrook.