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The 2017 Golden Rose is a Group 1 race that is run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse each year in early September. The Golden Rose is run under set-weight conditions and is open to three-year-old horses only. Run over a distance of 1,400 metres, the Golden Rose is worth $1 million in prize money. It is the first Group 1 race run during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and shares the honour of being the equal richest with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap.

The Golden Rose is a relatively new race in racing terms, with the inaugural running taking place in 2003 when it was won by In Top Swing. The race was made a Group 2 in 2007 before it was elevated to today’s Group 1 status in 2009. The Golden Rose was not run in 2007 and instead took place on March 15, 2008. The usual running of the 2008 Golden Rose also took place that year. The best guide to the Golden Rose is usually the Group 3 Run To The Rose, which is held two weeks earlier at the same racecourse. Denman (2009) and Paratroopers (2005) both won the Run To The Rose and Golden Rose double.

Horses that perform well in the Golden Rose often go on to perform well in the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes the month after. Ilovethiscity (3rd in 2009) went on to win the Newcastle Spring Stakes after a strong place finish in the Golden Rose the same year. Notable winners of the Golden Rose also include Doonan (2004), Court Command (2006), Duporth (2008), Toorak Toff (2010), Zoustar (2013), and Exosphere (2015).

Golden Rose Stakes Field

The Golden Rose Stakes field is made up of three-year-old horses only and is the first Group 1 race run as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The Golden Rose Stakes field run under set-weight conditions, meaning that all fillies carry 54.5 kilograms, while all colts and geldings must carry 56.5 kilograms. The race is run over a distance of 1,400 metres at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney. Therefore, most runners in the Golden Rose Stakes field are proven sprinters as two-year-olds and are out to prove themselves in their first three-year-old race of the new racing season.

Horses are chosen to compete in the Golden Rose Stakes field based on their handicap rating. This handicap rating is assigned based on their past racing performances and prize money accumulated. Horses that have performed more highly in higher class races and amassed a larger amount of prize money are more likely to make it into the Golden Rose Stakes field.

2017 Golden Rose Field & Barrier Draw

The 2017 Golden Rose Stakes field will be released on Tuesday, September 19th. There are bound to be some impressive horses lining up at the barriers in the 2016 Golden Rose field.

The 2017 Golden Rose Stakes field is below.


2017 Golden Rose Nominations

The 2017 Golden Rose Stakes nominations were publicly released around midday on Monday, September 18th. There will only be 18 final acceptors for the 2017 Golden Rose field (plus four emergencies).

The 2017 Golden Rose nominations

All two year olds that were nominated for the 2017 Golden Slipper were automatically eligible to run in the 2017 Golden Rose. At first acceptances on July 12th there were 212 horses left in contention for the Golden Rose.


Golden Rose Stakes Form Guide

Horses that run in the Golden Rose Stakes have usually come off a successful career as a two-year-old. Because it is the first big three-year-old race of the season, people will need to analyse the form of recent two-year-old races in the previous autumn and winter.

These races include the Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes, Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, Group 3 Skyline Stakes, Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes, Group 2 Reisling Slipper Trial, Group 2 Todman Slipper Trial, Group 2 Karrakatta Plate, Group 1 Golden Slipper, Group 1 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Group 1 AJC Champagne Stakes, Group 2 Champagne Classic, Group 2 QTC Sires Produce Stakes and Group 1 The TJ Smith. However, the best form guide for the Golden Rose Stakes is the Group 3 Run To The Rose for the three year olds on August 27. Most of the horses competing in the Golden Rose Stakes use the Run To The Rose as a lead-up race.

The Golden Rose Stakes itself is often used as a form guide for races such as the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, Group 1 Thousand Guineas, Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes and Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

The 2016 Golden Rose Stakes form guide will be provided below.

Golden Rose Stakes Betting

There are many different bet types that can be placed on the Golden Rose Stakes. Just like any other race, simple win or place bets are very popular. Because each horse in the race has most likely had a very high profile two-year-old career, there is a great deal of information available to punters on each horse’s weaknesses and strengths.

Like most of the spring carnival, the Golden Rose Stakes is the perfect race to be included in punters multibets. People choose bets such as the Golden Rose Stakes/Epsom Handicap multi, Golden Rose Stakes/The Metropolitan multi, Golden Rose Stakes/Caulfield Cup multi and Golden Rose Stakes/Cox Plate multi. The most popular betting multi, however, is the Golden Rose Stakes/Caulfield Guineas and Golden Rose Stakes/Thousand Guineas multi.

Quinellas, exactas, trifectas, mystery trifectas and quadrellas are also popular Golden Rose Stakes bets.

Golden Rose Stakes Odds

The final Golden Rose Stakes odds are usually released in the days leading up to the race. The first round of odds are released after nominations for the race are announced, while the final field and barrier draw, which is announced on the Tuesday before the race, usually leads to the final odds being released. Golden Rose Stakes odds can be secure at fixed prices, meaning that if your horse does not run you may lose the stakes you bet, however, they usually offer higher prices. You can also place you money on the tote for the Golden Rose Stakes, meaning the price may fluctuate after you have made your bet and you will not know for certain how much you have won, should you win, until after the race.

The Golden Rose Stakes odds are dependent on a number of different factors. The form of each horse is predominately what determines the odds of each Golden Rose Stakes runner. Horses that have had a successful two-year-old season will usually feature at shorter odds than those that have not. The barrier draw, which is released on the Tuesday before the Golden Rose Stakes, also has a large bearing on the price each horse is offered at. Horses that have been lucky enough to draw an inside gate are usually expected to do better than those that have drawn wide. This is because it is not unusual for horses jumping from the outside barriers to get caught wide throughout the whole race or for them to be asked to use up too much energy early as they try to get across to the inside rail at the start of the race.

Golden Rose Stakes Tips

There are a number of different ways people come to decide on their own tips for the Golden Rose Stakes. Usually, people rely on the form of each horse to help them decide which one will perform come Golden Rose Stakes race day. Another big factor, as mentioned above, is the barrier draw of each horse. It may become clear by looking at the form that a certain horse never performs well when jumping from a wide gate. In this case that horse would be unlikely to feature in a person’s Golden Rose Stakes tips.

Another big factor is the weather. Most horses can only handle certain types of ground. Some horses need a dry track to run well, while other, particularly those with leg or hoof problems, need the track to be wet in order to run a good race. Therefore, if it is raining, then a horse that has proven wet track ability will be more likely to feature in the tips than a horse that has never won a race on slow or heavy grown before.

Golden Rose Stakes Day

The Golden Rose Stakes is held on Golden Rose Stakes Day in September each year. Golden Rose Stakes Day is home to three Group races, including the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes and the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes. The Theo Marks Stakes is worth $200,000, while the Kingston Town Stakes is worth $125,000. Therefore, the Group races alone on Golden Rose Stakes Day are worth $1.325 million in prize money.

Golden Rose Stakes Day is the first major race day in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and is held the week before the Group 1 George Main Stakes at Randwick racecourse in Sydney. Golden Rose Stakes Day is the only day that features a group 1 race at Rosehill Gardens during the spring carnival.

Golden Rose Stakes Day is known to bring a large number of patrons to the racecourse each year on what is Rosehill Garden’s premier spring race day.

Golden Rose Stakes Results

The Golden Rose Stakes is a relatively new race, with the first race being run in 2004 when it was won by Doonan. The race was run twice in 2008 to make up for the fact that it was not run in 2007 due to the Australian outbreak of Equine Influenza. Horses that have won the Golden Rose Stakes include Paratroopers (2005), Court Command (2006), Forensics (2008), Duporth (2008), Denman (2009), Toorak Toff (2010), Zoustar (2013) and Exosphere (2015).

Golden Rose Past Winners & Results

Below you will find the results of the Golden Rose since it was inaugurated in 2003.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2016 1 Astern 2 Omei Sword 3 Impending 1:23.91
2015 1 Exosphere 2 Speak Fondly 3 Sebring Sun 1:21.83
2014 1 Hallowed Crown 2 Scissor Kick 3 Shooting To Win 1:24.00
2013 1 Zoustar 2 Dissident 3 Bull Point 1:22.51
2012 1 Epaulette 2 Albrecht 3 A Shokan 1:22.3
2011 1 Manawanui 2 Smart Missile 3 Helmet 1:23.3
2010 1 Toorak Toff 2 Squamosa 3 Ilovethiscity 1:21.9
2009 1 Denman 2 Trusting 3 Stryker 1:22.8
2008 1 Duporth 2 Stripper 3 Desuetude 1:23.8
2008 1 Forensics 2 El Cambio 3 Kingda Ka 1:22.4
2007 Race not run in 2007 – moved to March 15, 2008
2006 1 Court Command 2 Empires Choice 3 Mentality 1:23.1
2005 1 Paratroopers 2 Racing To Win 3 Pendragon 1:23.5
2004 1 Doonan 2 Al Maher 3 Lieutenant 1:23.1
2003 1 In Top Swing 2 Handsome Ransom 3 Ashenti 1:24.0