Golden Rose set for Group One status
The richest race of the Sydney spring, the $1 million Golden Rose, is set to be elevated to Group One status.
The Australian Pattern Committee made a recommendation to the Australian Racing Board (ARB) to lift the Sydney Turf Club’s 1400m Rosehill feature from Group Two at a meeting on Tuesday.
“The STC’s Golden Rose, if approved by the ARB, will join the Ascot Vale Stakes in Victoria as only the second Group One race for three-year-olds in Australia below 1600 metres,” chairman of the Pattern Committee Alan Brown said.
“In its short history it has consistently produced outstanding fields and would thoroughly deserve elevation to Group One.”
Since its first running in 2003, the Golden Rose has become an excellent form race with last year’s winner Duporth going on to win the Group One BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben in May.
The equine influenza virus resulted in the 2007 race being run in the autumn last year and won by Golden Slipper winner Forensics.
Inaugural winner In Top Swing went on to claim the Caulfield Guineas.
Savabeel, who ran fifth to Doonan in the 2004 Golden Rose, won the Group One Spring Champion Stakes two starts later before going on to score in the Cox Plate.
The Bart Cummings-trained God’s Own ran fourth to Paratroopers in the 2005 Golden Rose and went on to win the Caulfield Guineas.
John O’Shea’s Racing To Win is another successful graduate from the Golden Rose.
He finished second in 2005 and went on to score multiple Group One victories including the Epsom and Doncaster Handicaps in 2006.
Econsul, who ran fourth in 2004 won the Caulfield Guineas a few starts later.
Before 2003 the race was known as the Peter Pan Stakes and was a Group Two event over 1500m.