Top 5 Golden Rose Stakes Winners

Adam Cusworth in Golden Rose 8 Feb 2020
Golden Rose Stakes Winners

 

The Golden Rose (1400m) is always one of the early highlights of spring racing and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Golden Rose Stakes winners since 2000.

In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.

Top 5 Golden Rose winners.

 

1. THE AUTUMN SUN (2018)

The Autumn Sun tops our list of Golden Rose winners since 2000 and raced nine times for eight wins, with five of those coming at the highest level. He broke through in the JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) in the winter of 2018 before dominating his age group in the spring, taking out the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas (1600m). He returned in the autumn of 2019, producing an amazing come from behind win in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) and then bowing out a winner in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before heading to stud.

 

2. TRAPEZE ARTIST (2017)

A three-time Group I, Trapeze Artist was thereabouts as a two-year-old when 6th in the Golden Slipper (1200m) before running 3rd in the Inglis Sires’ (1400m) in the autumn of 2017. He was an improver in the spring and signalled his serious ability by blowing away his opposition with a four length space job ahead of Sydney’s best youngsters in the Golden Rose Stakes. He was known for his association with Tye Angland and went on to claim the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and the All Aged Stakes (1400m) in the autumn of 2018.

 

3. FORENSICS (2008)

A gun filly from the Snowden stable, Forensics was a solid performer from her two-year-old season onwards. She claimed the Golden Slipper in 2007 and had a couple of sub-par runs in the Melbourne spring that year before rebounding big time in the autumn of 2008, claiming the Light Fingers (1200m) and Golden Rose. The 2007 Golden Rose was postponed until the autumn of 2008 due to the outbreak of equine influenza in NSW in 2007. Forensics went on to salute in the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m), in 2008, her third Group 1 win before retiring in 2009.

 

4. ZOUSTAR (2013)

It is hard to compare Zoustar to another of the big winners of the Golden Rose, given he only raced on nine occasions before heading off to become a success story at stud. The Chris Waller galloper rose from the Brisbane winter of 2013 when he was runner-up in the JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) to claim victory in the 2013 Golden Rose. He then claimed the Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick en route to a dazzling display at Flemington by taking out the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) with Jimmy Cassidy on board.

 

5. EPAULETTE (2012)

Another for the Snowden stable, Epaulette sneaks into the top five, just ahead of the 2019 winner, Bivouac. She made her mark in the 2012 version of the Golden Rose and rattled down to outside in that race, holding off Albrecht in a thriller. While she would only win one more Group 1, that being the Doomben 10000 (1350m) in 2013, she was placed in both the Caulfield Guineas behind All Too Hard and the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) behind Black Caviar.