Saturday 13/09/2014

NOTE: The Golden Rose is the first of the Group 1 features throughout the season to carry Double Points.

Rosehill
R4 Theo Marks Stakes G2
R5 Kingston Town Stakes G3
R6 Sheraco Stakes G3
R7* De Bortoli Golden Rose Stakes G1 "DOUBLE POINTS"

Flemington
R1 Cap D'antibes Stakes Listed
R4 Living Legends Stakes Listed
R5 Let's Elope Stakes G2
R6 Danehill Stakes G2
R7 Makybe Diva Stakes G1
R8 Bobbie Lewis Qlty G3
R9 The Sofitel Listed

Morphettville
R7 Morphettville Guineas Listed

Cairns
R6 Carlton Mid Amateur Cup

Awapuni NZ
R9 Merial Ancare Marton Mile G3

Ruakaka NZ
R6 Westbury Stud Challenge Stakes Listed

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Golden Rose

"Trainers
PETER Snowden holds the training record in the Golden Rose with three wins from Forensics (200, Denman (2009) and Epaulette (2012). Snowden, who now trains in partnership with his son Paul, is represented by Shooting To Win in Saturday’s big race. The only other trainers with runners in Saturday’s race to have won the Golden Rose previously are John Hawkes and Chris Waller. Hawkes won with Paratroopers (2005) and Waller scored with Zoustar last year. Hawkes, who now trains with his sons Wayne and Michael, has Nostradamus in the big race while Waller will saddle up Sniper Fire.

Jockeys
HUGH Bowman is the only jockey to have multiple wins in the Golden Rose. He won the first two runnings of the big race on In Top Swing (2003) and Doonan (2004) and then guided Duporth to success in 2008. Bowman rides the unbeaten Hallowed Crown on Saturday. Tommy Berry, rider of Almalad, won the first Group 1 race of his career on Epaulette in the Golden Rose two years ago.

Favourites
ONLY two favourites have won in the first 11 runnings of the Golden Rose. Duporth scored a good win in 2008 at $2.70 while Denman scored the following year at $2.40. The shortest favourite to contest the race was Smart Missile who started at $2.10 in 2011 when beaten by Manawanui. In Top Swing, the inaugural Golden Rose winner in 2003, produced the biggest upset when he scored at $19. Doonan was a $16 chance when he won in 2004 while Epaulette was at $13 two years ago.

The history
THE Run To The Rose has proven to be the best Golden Rose guide. Paratroopers (2005) and Denman (2009) have completed the double while Epaulette ran third in the first leg before winning the Golden Rose and Zoustar improved on his fourth in the Run To The Rose to win the Group 1 race. Court Command (2006) and Manawanui (2011) both won the Up And Coming Stakes before training on to win the Golden Rose. Duporth ran third in the Up And Coming Stakes before winning the Golden Rose in 2008.

Barriers
ZOUSTAR became the first horse to come from the outside barrier (16) and win the Golden Rose when he finished too strongly for Dissident in the big race last year. In the previous 10 renewals of this race, only twice did the winner come from wider than barrier nine — In Top Swing came out of 12 in 2003 as did Forensics in 2008. The 12 barrier is the most successful starting position in the race’s history along with the inside gate which is where Doonan (2004) and Duporth (200 both began from when they won the Golden Rose."