The Golden Rose: Sydney’s Richest Race in Spring
August 31, 2014
The spring carnival is officially underway with the first Group 1 run and won. Dissident’s dominant win at double figures in the Memsie Stakes will give bookies and punters plenty to think about ahead of some of the biggest races on the Australian Calendar.
Sportingbet which offers up to $200 in free bets for new customers has plenty of futures markets for all the big races including the September 13 running of the Golden Rose. The set-weight race for three-year-olds is the richest race in Sydney’s spring carnival with a million dollars in prize money up for grabs. There have been plenty of nominations for the 1400 metre race at Rosehill but which colts and fillies look the goods in Sporting Bets All In Market?
The unbeaten Hallowed Crown leads the betting after an impressive display in the Run to the Rose. The colt gave his rivals a start before easily chasing them down over 1200 metres at Rosehill and the extra 200 metres in the group 1 Golden Rose looks perfect for the James and Bart Cummins trained horse. The win saw him go from double figure odds to the outright favourite.
But the Peter Moody trained filly Bring Me The Maid remains a favourite after resuming with a strong first up win in late August. After her third in the Golden Slipper earlier this year it’s another chance for her to shine in a group 1 run. Moody’s Better Land is in double figures on Sportingbet’s Golden Rose Market but will be one to watch if he gets a start in the race. Better Land has had a couple of hard luck runs in the last month including the Up and Coming Stakes at Randwick, where Liberation’s sideways running dashed the colt’s chances of winning. Better Land’s lack of prize money however may mean the he won’t get a start in the Golden Rose.
Gai Waterhouse trained Almalad isn’t a certainty to make the field. Waterhouse stated the colt could be one of the best she’s trained but she’s preparing him for a Caulfield Guineas assault and may not bother with the Golden Rose. Almalad carried 60 on his back in the Run to the Rose and was no match for Hallowed Crown on the Heavy track.
Punters have a couple of weeks to do their homework and find form in what should be a hotly contested race. But 1 fact that does stand out is colts have dominated the Golden Rose Stakes, with only one filly winning it in the last 11 years.