A small field of eight is set to assemble for the 2019 $1m Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill with trainer Chris Waller looking to score back to back wins in the Group 1 for the three year olds.
Waller quinella the 2018 Golden Rose with The Autumn Sun and Zousain and will saddle up Yes Yes Yes and Kubrick in this year’s version.
James Cummings will saddle up the favourite Bivouac and is waiting on the availability of Hugh Bowman, who is recovering from a broken finger, to be declared fit to ride.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have two runners in the Golden Rose, Dawn Passage and Yao Dash, Team Hawkes have Exceedance ready to go while two year old Group 1 winner Castlevecchio will carry the number one saddlecloth.
We have analysed all eight horses and our complete 2019 Golden Rose tips can be found below.
Castlevecchio showed his class when he claimed a Group 1 prize at the end of his two year old season with a win in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick during the 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival. The Richard Litt trained colt has had one run back from a spell when he ran on from the tail of the field to finish fourth in the Listed $150,000 Dulcify Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on September 14. Castlevecchio got a long way out of his ground over the 1500m first up and the 1400m of the Golden Rose might prove to be too short for his liking.
The James Cummings trained Bivouac is the winner of four of his eight race starts, including two out three this campaign and is in great form with a last start win in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on September 14. Bivouac stormed to the line to record a comfortable win over several of his Golden Rose rivals in the Run To The Rose and will hard to beat again. The Exceed And Excel colt has been installed as the favourite for the Golden Rose at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Prince Fawaz is another three year old who was at his best over 1600m at the end of his two year old year with a narrow win in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins Plate at Eagle Farm during the 2019 Brisbane Winter Carnival. The Anthony Cummings trained colt has had one run back for a well beaten sixth in the Run To The Rose and might find the 1400m of the Golden Rose a little bit short of his best distance.
Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes is the first of trainer Chris Waller’s two Golden Rose runners and he put in a solid performance at his first run back this preparation when second to Bivouac in the Run To The Rose. Was beaten two lengths that day but Nash Rawiller has stuck with him and is certain to give the colt every chance from barrier two.
Exceedance scored a dashing first up win in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on a heavy track and then lost some of the gloss when beaten two and a quarter lengths when third to Bivouac in the Run To The Rose on top of the ground. Tommy Berry sticks with the Team Hawkes trained colt and will try and slot in midfield from barrier seven in the eight horse field.
Kubrick is the second of the Chris Waller trained three year olds to go around in the Golden Rose but has plenty of ground to make up after finishing behind his stablemate Yes Yes Yes when fourth in the Run To The Rose. James McDonald will be aboard again and the step up to the 1400m will help his chances.
Dawn Passage was impressive with a first up win in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill on August 10 but then failed to fire last start when a well beaten fifth behind Bivouac in the Run To The Rose. The blinkers are coming off but the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained colt has a lot of ground to make up to be a threat.
Yao Dash is unbeaten from two race starts but is making a gigantic step up in class to Group 1 company after winning a three year old BenchMark 72 Handicap at Randwick on September 7. Was sent out as the favourite for his two wins and is in single figure odds at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Golden Rose.