THE Group 1 Golden Rose is the first major race for the three-year-olds which held a nomination for the Golden Slipper earlier that year.
The $1 million feature is run at Rosehill over 1400m in mid-September and usually shows punters which horses have developed over the winter months. The past winners list includes some champion thoroughbreds such as Exosphere, Zoustar and Manawanui.
Formerly known as the Peter Pan Stakes, the Golden Rose is extremely popular with punters as the form out of the Golden Slipper isn’t quick to forget and fast horses attract support all over the world. A race dominated by the colts and geldings, The Golden Rose is a great opener to the Sydney spring carnival.
Where to bet on the Golden Rose
All of our recommended bookmakers offer markets on the Group 1 Golden Rose and the market is opened months in advance.
Sportsbet and Crownbet both open Golden Rose markets five-to-six months in advance of the race being run and punters can take advantage of the early betting opportunities. Below are the best Golden Rose bookmakers.
2016 Golden Rose result
1st: Astern – $3
2nd: Omei Sword – $1.50
3rd: Impending – $3.30
Quinella – $5.10
Trifecta – $80.60
First Four – $326
Golden Rose betting statistics and race guide
The Golden Rose is open only to horses which were nominated for the Golden Slipper. Non-nominated runners can pay a late entry fee by June 14 to be included.
The race is dominated by the colts and geldings with only one filly winning in the last 10 years (Forensics, 2008). There have been some quality winners in recent history, but punters weren’t able to identify the potential champion runners.
Exosphere was well found as the favourite in 2015 – one of three favourites which has won over the past 10 years, but some quality horses paid good prices in the years prior. Hallowed Crown won in 2014 and paid $5.50 when beating both Scissor Kick and Shooting To Win.
In 2013, champion three-year-old Zoustar won at odds of $6.50 with Sportsbet and it also defeated two impressive horses in their own right. Former horse of the year winner Dissident finished in second and the talented Bull Point was third.
The likes of Epaulette ($13) and Manawanui ($7) both paid great-value prices and it shows that the Golden Rose is a great betting fixture.
Since becoming a group 1 in 2009, four winners have been last start winners. The Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes is a good form guide with three winners coming out of that race.
Peter Snowden is a trainer to follow with three wins and Hugh Bowman has four wins from only nine rides. The champion jockey is riding in career-best form and punters love betting on Bowman.
Past five winners of the Golden Rose
2016: Astern established itself as the class three-year-old of its year scoring by 2.25 lengths. The John O’Shea-trained colt by Medaglia D’Oro burst past runners with a big turn-of-foot and it gave James McDonald won of his biggest wins before succumbing to suspension. Included in the beaten brigade was subsequent group one winner Impending and quality filly Yankee Rose.
2015: Champion colt Exosphere recorded one of the easiest Golden Rose wins in history. The John O’Shea-trained runner won by 2.3 lengths over subsequent winners Speak Fondly, Sebring Sun, Ragesse, Press Statement and Holler which represented Australia at Royal Ascot in 2016. It was only a small field of eight runners, but Exosphere burst onto the scene with the win and will be remembered for it.
2014: In a close finish of just a long head, Hallowed Crown edged out Scissor Kick to win. The Bart and James Cummings-trained colt settled well back throughout the run and worked to the lead with under 300m to go. It held off Scissor Kick and the fast-finishing Shooting To Win and the first four all went on to handy careers. The win was one of four victories for jockey Hugh Bowman.
2013: Zoustar didn’t have the best run in 2013, but it pulled out a tough win over Dissident by a neck. Chris Waller lined up the champion three-year-old which had good support in the market and despite drawing barrier 16, jockey Jimmy Cassidy found a good spot in the field before it burst to the front with 200m to go and held them off. The field of 16 contained plenty of talent such as Bull Point, Cluster, Fast ‘n’ Rocking and multiple group 1 winner Criterion.
2012: Epaulette scored the upset win at $13 to give Peter Snowden another famous victory. The colt by Commands held off stablemate Albrecht by a head in another Golden Rose classic. The field wasn’t flush with superstars, but the win was quality and gave value punters a huge windfall.
2011: Another close finish was taken out by Manawanui in one of its toughest career wins. The $45,000 sales purchase proved more than its worth with the group 1 winner by holding off a stellar field. It beat home Smart Missile, Helmut, Foxwedge and Aeronautical in one of the best-quality fields in history. It won by only a short neck over Smart Missile, but it put on 3.3 lengths on Helmut.
Golden Rose past winners list
2016 – Astern
2015 – Exosphere
2014 – Hallowed Crown
2013 – Zoustar
2012 – Epaulette
2011 – Manawanui
2010 – Toorak Toff
2009 – Denman
2008 – Duporth
2008 – Forensics
2007 – race not held*
2006 – Court Command
2005 – Paratroopers
2004 – Doonan
2003 – In Top Swing