The Group 1 Golden Rose is a race restricted to 3 Year Olds, run under the conditions of set weights. In 2017 colts & geldings will be allocated 56.5kg with fillies to carry 54.5kg. The race was originally held as the Peter Pan Stakes to honour the former dual Melbourne Cup winner and in 2003 was renamed to the Golden Rose, coinciding with a sharp increase in prizemoney.
First held in 1978 the race received Group 2 status in 1979 up until the race changed to the Golden Rose. Despite offering $1m in prizemoney, the race was not even at Listed level for 2 years, achieved Listed status in 2005 and then received successive upgrades until in 2009 it reached the current Group 1 status. It is the first Group 1 in the new racing season held in Sydney.
In 2017 the race will offer $1m in prizemoney with the winner to receive $580,000. The 2016 winner was the John O’Shea trained Astern, ridden by James McDonald. Other winners of the race as either the Golden Rose or the Peter Pan include Exosphere, Zoustar, Toorak Toff, Forensics, Paratroopers Fairway and Flying Spur.
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|Date:||Saturday 23rd September 2017|
|Race Time:||15:55 AEST|
|Location:||Rosehill Gardens Racecourse|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
|2016 Golden Rose Results|
|13||OMEI SWORD||2ND||$1.80 (pl)|
The colt didn't look to appreciate the wet tracks that kept occurring during the Autumn and should appreciate firmer going. The longer trip also should suit and he could be in for a profitable Spring. He resumed in the best way possible in the Listed Rosebud at 1100m when lumping 60.5kg to a stylish victory. Overshare finished 4th in the Rosebud and has since taken out the Listed McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley to provide form out of the race.
Starting his career with victory in the G3 Canonbury Stakes he was then a narrow 2nd in both the Blue Diamond Prelude and Blue Diamond Stakes. The heavy 10 they Golden Slipper was run didn't agree with the colt and he was sent for a winter spell. After 2 sharp trials, the 2nd when splitting the trial winner Winx and 3rd placed Happy Clapper, his 3YO term started in the G3 San Domenico Stakes. A race that has some top quality names on the honour roll, he settled near the rear and unleashed a superb finish to take victory. .
A debut winner of one of the earliest 2YO features in the Gimcrack Stakes, she was put away again and was not sighted until set for a trial in the last week of her 2YO term where she was a strong winner. Her 2nd trial was against some smart perormers of the ilk of Dixie Blossoms, Russian Revolution, Redzel and Foxplay. Glyn Schofiled rode the filly in that trial and he never let her go at any stage and was cuddled all the way to the line. Resuming in the G3 San Domenico, she met with solid support and worked home nicely to be 3rd to the talented colt Pariah.
The filly was a strong contender in the Blue Diamond Stakes following a win in the G3 Chairmans Stakes at Caulfiled. Finishing 3rd in the Blue Diamond, she can be forgiven for the Golden Slipper run and was the narrowest of 2nds to Shoals in the G2 Percy Sykes. The Fastnet Rock filly resumed this term a solid winner of the G2 Silver Shadow when leading throughout and running home a slick 33 seconds for her closing 600m.