Golden Rose Stakes History
The Golden Rose Stakes has a strong history and is a 1400m Group 1 sprint race held at Rosehill Racecourse during the Sydney Spring Carnival.
Previously known as the Peter Pan Stakes, the Golden Rose was elevated to Group 1 status in 2009 with Denman winning the race that year.
The previous year in 2008, the Golden Rose was run twice after the 2007 spring event was cancelled due to the Equine Influenza outbreak.
The race is the first Group 1 race of the new racing season in Sydney each year and is one of the highest paying events in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, which takes place between late August and early September.
The top prize of $1 million dollars attracts a great group of three-year-old sprinters.
Being the only million dollar race of the spring in New South Wales, the race has become the spring event in which to showcase up and coming three-year-olds who have their focus on the feature races of both Sydney and Melbourne.
The most reliable indicator for The Golden Rose has been the Group 3 Run to the Rose, held the previous month also at Rosehill.
The Run to the Rose has provided a number of Golden Rose winners and placegetters in recent years such as Exosphere (2015), Hallowed Crown (2014), Denman (2009) and Paratroopers (2005) all of which have claimed the Run To The Rose and Golden Rose double.
Epaulette won the Run to the Rose before finishing 3rd in The Golden Rose in 2012, while the talented Dissident (2nd in 2013) finished runner-up in both races and a great number of gallopers have won or placed in each of the races.
Other races proven to aid form study are the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes for three-year-old colts & geldings and Silver Shadow Stakes for three-year-old fillies, both of which are held earlier in the season and also make ideal lead up races to the Golden Rose.
Manawanui (2011) and Court Command (2006) managed to take out the Up And Coming Stakes and Golden Rose double, while Scissor Kick (2nd in 2014) won the Up And Coming Stakes before running a place in the Golden Rose. Duporth (2008) ran third in the Up And Coming Stakes before winning the Golden Rose.
As a set weight race, colts and geldings are required to carry 55.5kg and fillies must carry 53.5kg.
The Golden Rose is held on the same day as the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes and Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes.