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Golden Rose Stakes

The Golden Rose Stakes is a relatively recent race, having had its’ inaugural run in 2003. Held at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney, it is the first race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. This year’s race is to be run on September 10th.

The race was upgraded to a Group 2 in 2007, and upgraded again 2009 to Group 1. The Golden Rose Stakes is worth $1,000,000. It is the only seven figure race in the whole of the entire New South Wales spring programme. Run over 1,400 metres, it is for three year old horses only.

Coming as early in the season as it does, it is something of a challenge for trainers to have their horses 100% ready in time, after the winter lay off.

A good guide to form is the Run To The Rose race.  This is held two weeks earlier at the same course. This is a Group 3 race and the double – the Run To The Rose and the Golden Rose Stakes – was taken by Paratroopers in 2005, and again in 2009 by Denman.

The Golden Rose Stakes is run under set-weight conditions. This means that all fillies must carry 54.5 kilograms and all colts and geldings carry 56.5 kilograms. Most of the runners have proved themselves as sprinters as two year olds. They are out to repeat their performances in their first race as three year old’s in the new racing season.

Field Selection

The horses are selected to compete in the Golden rose based on their past performances.  Selection also depends on the amount of prize money that they have won. It follows that horses that have performed well in higher class races and taken more in prize money have a better chance of being selected for the Golden Rose.

The horses that are selected for the race have usually performed well as two year old’s, so punters need to look at their performances the previous season in order to assess likely bets for the Golden Rose. There is plenty of information available on the strengths (and weaknesses) of each horse from races run the previous season.

Golden Rose Stakes Betting

The odds for the race are usually announced on the day that the nominations are announced, with the final odds being announced at the time of the final field and barrier draw on the Wednesday before the race. You can get fixed odds prices for the Golden Rose Stakes, but of course, if your horse does not run you will lose your stake.

The Golden rose Stakes is often seen as a form guide for later in the season, in particular the Coolmore Stud Stakes, the Caulfield Guineas, the Stan Fox stakes (which is a Group 2 race), and the Thousand Guineas.

In addition, the Golden Rose Stakes is a very popular starting point for people who wish to back doubles and is often combined with the Underwood Stakes, The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, the Manikato Stakes, and the Cox Plate. However, the two most popular bets as doubles with the Golden Rose are the Caulfield Guineas and the Thousand Guineas.