Rosy start for spring

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

THE first Group 1 race in Syd­ney this sea­son, the $1 mil­lion Golden Rose, is run at Rose­hill on Satur­day, Septem­ber 12 – and there is ev­ery chance you will see the win­ner of this race strut their stuff at Rose­hill Gar­dens this Satur­day.

The Group 2 $175,000 Run To The Rose (1200m), the fea­ture race at the Rose­hill meet­ing this Satur­day, is a cru­cial lead-up race to the Golden Rose.

Para­troop­ers (2005), Den­man (2009) and Hal­lowed Crown (2014) have all com­pleted the Run To The Rose-Golden Rose dou­ble, while Epaulette (2012) was a close third in the Run To The Rose be­fore win­ning the Golden Rose.

The Listed $100,000 Premier’s Cup (1800m) is the other fea­ture this Satur­day and is also de­vel­op­ing into a re­li­able form ref­er­ence for the up­com­ing ma­jor spring car­ni­val races.

Rail­ings (2005) won the Premier’s Cup and The Metropoli­tan dou­ble – a feat Glen­cadam Gold (2012) re­peated, while He’s Your Man ran third in the Premier’s Cup last year be­fore train­ing on to win the Ep­som Hand­i­cap.

WY­ONG’S WIN­NING START

THE Wy­ong Race Club’s spring car­ni­val be­gins Sun­day with an eight-race card fea­tur­ing the $30,000 La Gio­conda Hand­i­cap (1600m) and the $22,000 Wy­ong Cup Pre­lude (2100m).

The win­ners of both these races are ex­empt from bal­lot into the $150,000 Wy­ong Gold Cup (2100m) on Fri­day, Septem­ber 4.

The Wy­ong Cup meet­ing also has the Listed $100,000 Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m) to com­ple­ment the pro­gram.

STICK TO DREAM PAIR­ING

MY TIP for this week­end is to fol­low the Waller-Bow­man com­bi­na­tion at Rose­hill Gar­dens on Satur­day. Syd­ney’s reign­ing premier trainer and jockey are a for­mi­da­ble force, par­tic­u­larly at Waller’s home track.

I hope to see you track­side.

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