Golden Rose 2023
Distance: 1400m | Conditions: Set Weights| Rail Position: 2m| Track Condition: Good 4
The Golden Rose is the headliner this Saturday at Rosehill with a terrific field assembled for the Group 1. Talented colts Shinzo and Cylinder look the pick as they eye off Everest spots, but there’s plenty of depth here with the opportunity to potentially jag one at a price. Let’s find a winner!
There doesn’t appear to be much natural speed in this. Butch Cassidy looks like he’ll be forced forward while Moravia could also be prominent from the inside. Nash should be able to put Cylinder two-three pairs back with Encap and Militarize there abouts from their soft drawer. Providing they go quick enough, it’ll leave Shinzo, King Colorado and Nadal to have a crack late.
1: Militarize (2)
Dual Group 1 winner with the Sires Produce and Champagne Stakes already under his belt. Seemed a little one-paced on his return in the Run to the Rose, but didn’t get things easy. The rise in distance is a plus, and the ‘Magic Man’ goes back aboard. Don’t dismiss.
2: Shinzo (10)
This is the first time we’ll see Shinzo since his Golden Slipper win, but word is he’s airborne and his trials have been more than satisfactory. He’s a classy colt and Ryan Moore makes the trip from England to sit aboard again. Barrier draw wasn’t kind but his ability may overcome that.
It's Ryan Moore's world and we're just living in it! 💪
It's a first Slipper for Chris Waller too! ⭐️pic.twitter.com/d5ASpV74hv
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) March 18, 2023
3: Cylinder (6)
Favourite on the back of his two wins since resuming, following a 2nd in the Slipper. Neither runs have been convincing, but he knows how to get the job done as seen in his boom finish in the Run to the Rose. Has had an ideal prep and no doubt he’ll be there abouts.
CYLINDER CLAIMS THE RUN TO THE ROSE! 🌹
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) September 9, 2023
4: King Colorado (9)
J.J Atkins winner who’s been tested at WFA level in the Winx Stakes since, and wouldn’t have lost too many admirers there. Freshened for this, will go back from 9 and be charging late.
5: Don Corleone (5)
His return in the Run to the Rose was better than it looks on paper, was wide for lots of it and kept himself in it before fading late. He boasts some nice results across the Triple Crown races, and could be a sharp improver with a better setup. One for the exotics.
7: Moravia (4)
Showing plenty of promise with two consecutive seconds in stakes grade. Almost held them with a game effort in the Run to the Rose before being pipped on the line by Cylinder. Barrier draw should ensure a softer run in transit so he has to be a consideration for the multiples.
8: Encap (3)
Big rise in class for Encap but his win in the Ming Dynasty over the 1400m was impressive. He’s a progressive type, watch for him late.
9: Butch Cassidy (8)
Is a tryer, and consistently puts his hat in the ring. Was forced forward in the Run to the Rose, and will likely have to do it again here. I get the feeling he’s not quite at the level of some of these.
10: Nadal (13)
Brings plenty of X-factor into this. Closed off with the best sectionals from the back of the pack in the Run to the Rose, and just missed. Has an electric turn of foot and could shock. Query at 1400m.
11: Snapback (11)
Has shown plenty of promise with some nice results in the JJ Atkins and BRC Sires Produce. Returned in a Goulburn maiden as a $1.10 favourite to win, big class rise here though. Over the odds.
12:General Salute (12)
Is racing well but has been found wanting against most of these prior, so can’t see him turning the tables in this.
13: Charm Stone (1)
Lots of intrigue in Charm Stone here. The only filly in the race and is untested beyond G3 Fillies and jury is out on that form. She’s a classy type but happy to leave out at the price.
There’s a touch of the unknown about Shinzo, but I get the feeling he is something special.
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