Astern set for Golden Rose run
CAN Astern give Godolphin a second successive Golden Rose?
Will Divine Prophet keep winning? Is the filly Yankee Rose set for a first-up coup? Or is another three-year-old poised to take home the coveted prize?
Sydney’s first Group 1 race of the new season – the $1 million De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) – is run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Astern earned Golden Rose favouritism with his first-up win in the Run to the Rose two weeks ago.
Trainer John O’Shea admitted he had planned Astern’s preparation on the blueprint he used 12 months ago with Exosphere, who resumed with a win in the Run to the Rose, then backed up to win the Golden Rose.
THE Golden Rose was first run in 2003, but in its short history, the Group 1 threeyear-old feature has quickly become one of the most significant and influential races on the turf calendar.
For a well-bred colt, a Golden Rose win means more than just the $600,000 first prizemoney for his connections – their colt becomes a very commercial potential stallion prospect.
FOUR STAKES RACES
THE Rosehill meeting features four stakes races including the Group 2 $200,000 Theo Marks (1300m), which is a lead-up into the Group $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m).