Run To The Rose 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Run To The Rose – Golden Rose double is a popular one for punters each spring

The Run To The Rose is a Group 2 race for three-year-old sprinters held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse* in mid-September each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Offering $300,000 in total prize money as of 2023, the event is now run on the same race card as the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m).

2022 Run To The Rose winner In Secret

2022 Run To The Rose winner In Secret. Photo: Steve Hart.

*The 2021 Run To The Rose Day card took place at Kembla Grange (moved from Rosehill due to COVID-19). 

The set weights plus penalties clash was upgraded from a Group 3 to a Group 2 race in 2015 and is the traditional lead-up for three-year-olds into the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back at Rosehill a fortnight later. Recent winners of the Run To The Rose – Golden Rose double include Bivouac (2019), Astern (2016), Exosphere (2015), Hallowed Crown (2014) and Denman (2009).

In 2020 Ole Kirk improved on his Run To The Rose second to win the Golden Rose next-up, while the Run To The Rose third placed North Pacific ran second in the Group 1.

In 2021, In The Congo won the Golden Rose Stakes after a second in the Run To The Rose, while the Run To The Rose winner Anamoe finished second in the Group 1 next start. Anamoe further franked the form winning the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne that spring before a close second in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m). He also returned in the autumn of 2022 and won the Rosehill Guineas at elite level.

The Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) in mid-August serves as a good lead-up into the Run To The Rose Stakes.

The latest edition of the Run To The Rose ran on Saturday September 9, 2023, one day before UFC 293 took place in Sydney, and saw the James Cummings-trained first-up Vain Stakes winner Cylinder ($2.50F) return to Sydney and salute for the punters the closing stages. 

2023 The Run To The Rose Results

The official The Run To The Rose 2023 results and finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 9, 2023.

2023 Run To The Rose winner Cylinder

2023 Run To The Rose winner Cylinder heads into the Group 1 Golden Rose next start. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #2 Cylinder
  • 2nd: #8 Moravia
  • 3rd: #10 Nadal

The James Cummings-trained Golden Slipper runner-up from the autumn, Cylinder ($2.50F), overcame a horror run getting out just in time to charge home late and defeat the front-running Moravia to salute for the punters with a commanding victory in the Run To The Rose 2023 results.

2023 Run To The Rose Odds

Links to our top The Run To The Rose 2023 odds will be available right here as soon as betting opens on the key Golden Rose Stakes lead-up this spring.

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The Run To The Rose Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 9, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 2003

Run To The Rose Betting

Run To The Rose betting markets are led by the most promising and well-performed three-year-olds of the new season.

Youngsters that performed well in top company as a juvenile that autumn gone in races like the Champagne Stakes sit high up the Run To The Rose odds.

If runners in the field are returning to racing, first-up records have an impact on the markets, while fit three-year-olds coming out of the San Domenico Stakes at the track earlier that month also represent good value in Run To The Rose betting.

Favourites have a solid record in the Run To The Rose and the winner more often than not starts near the top of betting for that year’s Golden Rose Stakes.

In Secret ($3.20 in 2022) and Cylinder ($2.50 in 2023) are the latest favourites in the Run To The Rose betting to salute.

Run To The Rose Field

The Run To The Rose race field attracts the best three-year-old sprinters of the season and class usually prevails in the race. Horses often kick off their spring campaigns in the Group 2 on way to the Golden Rose the following month and may have contested a race like Randwick’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) as a two-year-old in the autumn.

A good lead-up into the Run To The Rose field is the Listed The Rosebud (1100m) and Menari (2017) was the last to complete The Rosebud – Run To The Rose double.

In 2012 star colt Pierro won three straight Group 1 races as a two-year-old including the Golden Slipper and Champagne Stakes before a first-up success in that year’s Run To The Rose.

If not racing first-up runners may come via a race like the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) run two weeks before also at Rosehill, the last horse to complete the San Domenico Stakes – Run To The Rose double being Va Pensiero (2013).

In 2023 Cylinder won the Run To The Rose second-up in Sydney off a first-up win in Melbourne’s Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.

2023 Run To The Rose Field

The season’s official Run To The Rose 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be published below as soon as released the Wednesday of race week.

The Run To The Rose 2023 final field features a quality line-up of Golden Rose-bound youngsters including Godolphin’s first-up Vain Stakes winner in Melbourne Cylinder, the undefeated Annabel Neasham-trained Libertad coming off a good win in the San Domenico Stakes, and Chris Waller’s returning Group 1 Sires’ Produce – Champagne Stakes double winner Militarize

2023 Run To The Rose Nominations

Early nominations for The Run To The Rose 2023 close on the Monday leading-up to the race with the full list of early entries to be made available below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 22x1127x1 CYLINDER C 3 James Cummings 1 57.5kg 98
2 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 2 58.5kg 104
3 142426x DON CORLEONE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 55kg 90
4 11×1 LIBERTAD C 3 Annabel Neasham 4 57kg 90
5 31x6x1 CHARM STONE F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 5 55kg 86
6 4140x137x CHRYSAOR C 3 Chris Waller 6 55kg 77
7 3231×5 CORNICHE C 3 James Cummings 7 57.5kg 88
8 23x KUNDALINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 53kg
9 333331x TREASURWAY F 3 Jason Warren 9 55kg 73
10 37x32121x HEURISTIC C 3 James Cummings 10 57kg 73
11 118x CONGREGATION C 3 Chris Waller 11 55kg 72
12 2108×3 BUTCH CASSIDY C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 55kg 72
13 12 MORAVIA C 3 Michael Freedman 13 55kg 73
14 3x1x4 GENERAL SALUTE C 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 14 55kg 70
15 46×510 UNTOUCHABLE LEGEND F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15 53kg 65
16 26×1 NADAL C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 55kg 65
17 351 MISSILE DEFENCE C 3 Anthony Cummings 17 55kg 61
18 1×1 SHOW ME MERCY G 3 Stuart Kendrick 18 55kg 65
19 1×6 KANDINSKY ABSTRACT C 3 Chris Waller 19 55kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Run To The Rose Tips

Good Run To The Rose tips include looking for the best performing two-year-olds in the autumn that are starting their 3YO spring campaigns, those with proven winning form over 1200m in Sydney and any fit youngsters coming off a top three run in the San Domenico Stakes.

2023 Run To The Rose Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Run To The Rose 2023 best bet will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned!

  • To Win: #2 Cylinder ($2.20 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Typically top edition of the Run To The Rose, but it is hard to knock the deserving favourite Cylinder with the fitness edge here. James Cummings’ well-tried Exceed And Excel colt is putting together a very nice record posting win number three first-up in the Group 3 Vain Stakes in Melbourne. The Golden Slipper runner-up had nothing to spare on the line, but with natural improvement off that he’ll be better back in Sydney over six furlongs. Can salute again.

Run To The Rose Form Guide

The Run To The Rose form guide features crucial information for punters including saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys, trainers and past runs of the three-year-olds in the field.

The form for this race has has held up in the Golden Rose many times in recent years with all four winners of the Group 1 from 2012 – 2015 coming out of the traditional lead-up race.

Run To The Rose graduates have also performed well in other future Group 1 races including in 2015 when runner-up in the Group 2 Press Statement went on to win the Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne that October.

The 2019 Run To The Rose winner Bivouac franked the form with his Golden Rose victory next start and second in that year’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Bivouac returned the next autumn and won the 2020 Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

In Secret franked the Run To The Rose form finishing second in the Golden Rose before beating home the boys in Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. She also won the 2023 Newmarket Handicap the following autumn at Headquarters.

2023 Run To The Rose Form Guide

A link to our detailed The Run To The Rose 2023 Form Guide will be available for punters below the week of the race.

Run To The Rose Results

Run To The Rose race results have a major impact on upcoming markets for the Golden Rose Stakes each spring. Many short-priced favourites have saluted in The Run To The Rose including Pierro who jumped the odds-on favourite in 2012.

The last roughie hope to score an upset Run To The Rose result was Va Pensiero ($21 in 2013).

Notable recent Run To The Rose winners include Anamoe (2021), Bivouac (2019), Exosphere (2015), Hallowed Crown (2014), Pierro (2012), and Denman (2009).

Menari holds the current Run To The Rose race record winning in 2017 in a time of 1 minute 08:59 seconds.

In Secret (2022) is to date the only filly to win the Run To The Rose.

Past Run To The Rose Winners

Recent Run To The Rose winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2003 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Cylinder Moravia Nadal 1:09.6
2022 In Secret Best Of Bordeaux Sweet Ride 1:10.1
2021 Anamoe In The Congo Remarque 1:10.2
2020 Rothfire Ole Kirk North Pacific 1:08.5
2019 Bivouac Yes Yes Yes Exceedance 1:08.3
2018 Lean Mean Machine Graff Jonker 1:13.5
2017 Menari Pariah Perast 1:08.5
2016 Astern Star Turn Impending 1:10.9
2015 Exosphere Press Statement Holler 1:10.6
2014 Hallowed Crown Kumaon Ygritte 1:12.9
2013 Va Pensiero Dissident Marseille Roulette 1:09.6
2012 Pierro Your Song Epaulette 1:09.8
2011 Smart Missile Foxwedge Helmet 1:10.5
2010 Squamosa Masquerader Testarhythm 1:18.2
2009 Denman More Than Great Bombay Sling 1:16.6
2008 Desuetude Maybe I Emperor Bonaparte 1:18.1
2007 El Cambio Rapid Jacko Turffontein 1:16.2
2006 Mentality He’S No Pie Eater Boncoeur 1:17.6
2005 Paratroopers Pendragon (Nz) Thunderbird Hill 1:16.3
2004 Eremein Uber Econsul (Nz) 1:18.3
2003 Gilded Youth Charmview Confectioner 1:16.7