The $1 million Golden Rose Stakes headlines a huge 10 race program at Rosehill on Saturday.
Run to the Rose winner Anamoe has been installed as the short-priced favourite in the three-year-old feature, while team Hawkes will be hoping to win the race for the second year in a row when they line up Hilal and Remarque.
We’ve analysed the entire field and our thoughts on each runner can be found in our Golden Rose Stakes Preview below!
Godolphin’s impressive three-year-old colt Anamoe has been installed as the odds-on favourite with Ladbrokes bookmakers following his brilliant win in the Run to the Rose at Kembla Grange.
The son of Street Boss wound up with a big run out wide to run down In the Congo first-up from a spell, a performance he’s sure to improve on now getting out over further.
Anamoe won his maiden in his second run back at Sandown last spring and was also placed in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield earlier in the year. With fitness and a soft gate on his side, there’s no question he’s the one to beat.
Artorius has been a narrow runner-up in two starts since resuming and looks capable of running a place in his return to Rosehill.
The Freedman-trained colt was unlucky not to score last time out in the Exford Plate at Flemington where he overcame a wide run to hit the line strongly.
He’ll need to replicate that performance from an awkward alley, but a similar display should see him land somewhere in the money.
Captivant capped off his autumn campaign with a narrow win in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes but has struggled to find that form since returning to work.
The Snowden-trained galloper weakened late in the Run to the Rose after settling close to the speed and would need to improve significantly to be a factor here.
Hilal placed twice at Group 1 level during the autumn, finishing runner-up to Saturday’s rivals Anamoe and Captivant in the Sires’ Produce and Champagne Stakes.
The son of Fastnet Rock finished only half a length off Mr Mozart two weeks ago in the Exford Plate at Flemington, and while this is tougher, another bold showing wouldn’t surprise.
In the Congo
In the Congo has been a model of consistency in his short career, finding the money in all five starts to go with a black type win in the San Domenico Stakes two back.
His runner-up performance in the Run to the Rose was equally full of merit as he led for most of the journey before being pipped on the line by Anamoe.
The Waterhouse and Bott-trained colt will take plenty of improvement away from that and is likely to roll forward again under Tim Clark.
Tiger of Malay
Tiger of Malay won the Group 2 Sires’ Produce over this trip at Eagle Farm before going on to run a place in the J.J. Atkins over the mile.
He’s since resumed to win the Up & Coming Stakes at Kembla Grange prior to running second to Giannis in the Dulcify over further.
The step back to 1400m looks ideal for him now and he does look a knockout chance with Glen Boss on board.
Remarque is stepping up to Group 1 level for the first time after finishing third to Anamoe in the Run to the Rose.
He hasn’t won since he scored on debut at Rosehill in January but should enjoy all the favours that come with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Giannis finally got the monkey off his back two weeks ago in the Dulcify when he turned in a gutsy performance to wear down Tiger of Malay right on the line.
He produced a big run to finish a clear second to Converge in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins at Eagle Farm over the winter and is only going to improve with racing.
Royalzel ran on strongly for third in the Dulcify but is likely to struggle rising to Group 1 level for the first time.
Coastwatch has returned a much better horse as a three-year-old and was duly rewarded with a win last time out in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty over 1400m at Kembla Grange.
Chris Waller’s three-year-old is rock-hard fit for three runs back and is capable of a bold showing if Nash Rawiller can get back early.
Moridan returns on the quick backup after winning his maiden at Kensington last week.
This is a massive rise in class and the market price well and truly reflects that.
Jamaea has missed the money only twice from seven starts and looks to be a worthwhile each-way bet at a decent price.
The filly by Headwater bolted in to win the Group 2 Furious Stakes at Randwick three weeks ago, and she can improve on that effort with some fitness now on her side.
The drop in weight is a big plus and she should be doing her best work late from the soft draw.
Startanes made it a hat-trick at Doomben two weeks ago when she gapped her rivals by over two lengths.
This is her toughest assignment to date, but she could feature in the minors having missed the money only once from eight starts.