Omei Sword to Measure Up in Golden Rose

Deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

This Saturday at Rosehill Gardens Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller shoots for an incredible 63rd Group 1 victory in under a decade and believes his progressive filly Omei Sword can “measure up” against the boys in the Golden Rose.

Joao Moreira

Brazilian hoop from Hong Kong Joao Moreira is out to make Golden Rose history aboard the Chris Waller-trained filly Omei Sword this weekend. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Thirty-five fillies have contested the Golden Rose since 2003, but only four have managed to finish in the money against the colts and geldings.

For this weekend’s edition of the $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m), which has held elite level status since 2009, three female gallopers are looking to buck the trend.

Prior to 2003, the Golden Rose was known as the Peter Pan Stakes, but since the remodelling of the race to become a Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature only one filly has been successful.

In 2008 Peter Snowden’s Golden Slipper winner Forensics scored as an $8 shot when the event took place in March due to the Equine Influenza outbreak.

This year $151 roughie shot through Ladbrokes.com.au O’Reilly Cyrus, David Vandyke’s returning ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Yankee Rose ($5.50) and Omei Sword ($4) are the fillies in the Golden Rose field.

Omei Sword opened favourite in the markets, but has since eased out to the second line of betting with the John O’Shea-trained Run To The Rose winner Astern ($3.80) now tipped by the bookmakers as the one to beat.

Ten of the Golden Rose running fillies since 2003 jumped at single-figure odds including beaten favourites Carry On Cutie ($3.90, 2005), Nechita ($2.50, 2012) and Bring Me The Maid ($3.50, 2014).

In that time, just three fillies have run a place in the race with Ashenti (3rd, 2003), Stripper (2nd, 2008) and Speak Fondly (2nd, 2015).

Waller is no stranger to Golden Rose success having taken out the 2013 edition with Zoustar who came off a Run To The Rose fourth.

On Saturday he saddles-up two chances with Run To The Rose fifth-placed Snitzel colt Nikitas and his daughter of High Chaparral Omei Sword.

Nikitas is a $41 outsider with Tye Angland booked for the ride, the hoop looking to atone for his loss on Waller’s beaten favourite Press Statement in last year’s Golden Rose Stakes.

Omei Sword jumps from gate three with Hong Kong-based Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira travelling over for the ride.

She was last seen winning the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) by an impressive three and a quarter-lengths at Randwick on August 20, and is now out to turn the tables on Yankee Rose.

The two fillies met in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) back on April 2 when Yankee Rose beat home the ninth-placed Omei Sword home by over seven and a half-lengths.

Despite history and formline working against her, Waller told Racenet he is confident Omei Sword is a good a chance in the Rose this weekend as her short price in betting suggests.

“I think she’ll measure up,” he said.

“She’s not foolproof. She’s still learning her trade and is clearly one preparation behind those better horses – but she’s catching up quickly.”

The spring options are open for Omei Sword post-Saturday including the filly holding an entry for the $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne on October 8 as well as the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) against the boys on the same day.

Waller though is more likely to run her at home at Royal Randwick the Saturday before on Epsom Handicap Day in the $500,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).

“The fillies are well looked after,” he said. “You don’t have to run against the colts.

“She didn’t either but I felt she’s got the Group 2 next to her name.

“She’s got a Group I at her back door.

“She just has to walk out of her box and cross the road and she’s at the tie-up stalls.”

About The Author

Lucy Henderson

Lucy is an experienced horse racing journalist that has been a crucial member of the horseracing.com.au team for the better part of a decade. She has taken great delight in covering champion mares Black Caviar and Winx throughout their careers and always has a soft spot for a winning filly.


  1. v=onepage&q=Leliocarneiro&f=false

    Admiring the hard work you put into your site and detailed information you present.
    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information. Wonderful read!
    I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including
    your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  2. bigger website designing

    I am not sure the place you are getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend a while learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for excellent info I was on the lookout for
    this info for my mission.

  3. monthly phone

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board
    and I find It really useful & it helped me out much.
    I am hoping to offer something again and help others such as you aided me.

  4. Lelio Junior

    An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment.
    I believe that you ought to publish more about this topic,
    it might not be a taboo matter but usually people don’t discuss such subjects.
    To the next! Many thanks!!

  5. lelio vieira carneiro junior

    After looking at a handful of the blog articles on your blog, I seriously appreciate your technique of blogging. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my website too and tell me your opinion.|

  6. Laverne

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have
    some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  7. butt muscles

    When someone writes an piece of writing he/she
    maintains the idea of a user in his/her brain that how a user
    can be aware of it. So that’s why this paragraph is amazing.

  8. Elba

    Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one!

    It’s on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and
    design. Wonderful choice of colors!

  9. imagine holiday travel

    Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
    It’s on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design.
    Excellent choice of colors!

  10. travel magazine

    Hello, i believe that i noticed you visited my weblog thus
    i came to go back the desire?.I am attempting to to find issues to improve my website!I guess its ok to make use of some of your

  11. heart rhythms

    I think the admin of this web page is in fact working
    hard in favor of his site, for the reason that here every
    stuff is quality based data.

  12. soccer shoes

    Awesome blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m
    a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform
    like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any recommendations? Many thanks!

  13. web dating

    I am regular visitor, how are you everybody?

    This piece of writing posted at this web page is really good.

  14. Cristine

    If some one needs expert view on the topic of blogging and site-building afterward i recommend him/her to go to see this
    website, Keep up the good work.

  15. travel news

    Hey there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time selecting
    between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  16. travel diary

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this
    post and also the rest of the site is also really good.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.