December 4, 2021


What 2021 Golden Rose Stakes
Where Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142
When Saturday, September 25, 2021 | 4:05pm AEST | Race 8
Prizemoney $1,000,000
Distance 1400m
Status Group 1
Conditions Set Weights | Three-Year-Olds
2020 Winner Ole Kirk (3) | Trainer: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes | J: Tommy Berry (56.5kg)

HorseBetting brings you a full runner-by-runner preview of this Saturday’s Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill Gardens, as well as a $100 betting strategy for the Group 1 feature. A competitive field of 13 has been assembled, headlined by Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Anamoe ($1.90). In The Congo ($10) will lead from barrier six, while we should see Tiger Of Malay ($21) and Moridan ($101) handy in the run. Two fillies take on the 11 boys, including the Queensland-trained Startantes ($19), who has won three straight races at Doomben this campaign. Anamoe will look to be the fourth Godolphin horse to complete the Run To The Rose/Golden Rose double.

We haven’t raced at Rosehill Gardens since July 24 due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney, but after a two-month break, racing returns for the Golden Rose Stakes meeting on Saturday, so the track should be in immaculate order. HorseBetting’s Sydney form analyst brings you top selections for all 10 races, as well as his best bets and quaddie numbers for the afternoon. The track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is in the true position for the entire course. The first race of the day is set to jump at 11:55am, while the field for the Group 1 Golden Rose is scheduled to face the starter at 4:05pm AEST.

RACE 1 – BENCHMARK 88 (1900M)
Just a field of eight will contest the opening race of the day, and it is probably the right race to just watch on and try to identify a potential track pattern. Our Intrigue looks to have the best winning chance under James McDonald after two cracking runs at her last two starts at Kembla Grange, winning once and placing second most recently. The six-year-old mare drops back to 1900m, but most of these do come through the same 2000m race on September 11. Chris Waller has four runners in the race and they are probably the four winning chances too.

Selections: 3-8-1-5

These Highway races are starting to wear thin – we say it week in, week out, but they just don’t get any easier. We thought four-year-old mare Chase My Crown could be competitive after running a decent-enough third behind Never Been Kissed at Newcastle on September 4, with that filly going on to run four lengths behind Four Moves Ahead at her next start at Group 2 level. Barrier 14 is not appealing, but there is plenty of speed in the race, which will aid her chances from the back. So Say You ran well in one of these races a fortnight ago behind Philipsburg, which is good enough to be competitive again.

Selections: 10-4-3-11

Dalaalaat arrived in the nick of time in a very similar race at Kembla Grange two weeks ago, giving Sydney race caller Darren Flindell a win as an owner. The Nathan Doyle-trained gelding rises 2.5kg here and steps out to 1300m, which may be a slight query, but we are getting healthy odds of $8.50 to find out again. Drawn in barrier nine, he will settle in the middle of the pack under Jason Collett and be charging home again. Calgary Queen looks to be the main danger under James McDonald after a good win two starts ago, defeating Sunrise Ruby, before running fourth behind Promise Of Success and Rathvilly Miss last Wednesday.

Selections: 6-7-5-2

The first of the Group races is the Colin Stephen Quality over 2400m, giving the stayers their chance. A lot of these runners are coming out of the Newcastle Cup last Friday, while Entente is on the seven-day backup after running third to She’s Ideel and Monetefilia in Saturday’s Kingston Town Stakes over 2000m. The son of Dundeel only rises 0.5kg and steps out to 2400m, which will suit, especially considering that he should get a good run on the speed from barrier five with Tim Clark in the saddle. He should be fit third-up.

Selections: 2-6-4-12

While the top three-year-olds go around in the Golden Rose over 1400m later on in the day, a number of quality three-year-olds contest the Heritage Stakes over the shorter sprint trip. We gave Sword Of State a big chance in the San Domenico Stakes, but New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards opted to scratch on race morning and save his colt for another day. The son of Snitzel has won four of his five starts in New Zealand, including a dominant 3.5-length victory at Group 1 level in March. He does have to lug 60kg from barrier eight, but at the $11, we cannot let him go around and not be on. He is the class of this field.

Selections: 1-2-3-4