Astern set for Golden Rose run

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

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.

STAL­LION PROSPECTS

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).

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