Rosy start for spring
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.