The Star Witness colt went in The Run To The Rose looking to keep an undefeated record after wins at all 3 career starts. From the widest gate in the field of 11, he was settled in the second-half of the filed before moving forward at the 500m and getting to just under one length of the winner Lean Mean Machine. His first-up run in the G3 San Domenico was full of class when putting them away in great style showing great acceleration to put a gap on them in the straight and score a 2.5 length victory. His career started with a 1.5 length victory over the Rosehill 1100m trip and was followed with victory as the favourite in the Clarendon Stakes at Hawkesbury. Put away after that win he was given an easy trial where he impressed in finishing 2nd to Jonker in hiss only hit-out prior to returning in the San Domenico. Opening the favourite for the Rose, there has not been any strong support in early trading, with most of the early money going the way of The Autumn Sun.
Another of the Waller runners, Zousain is also one of two Zoustar progeny in the race that will be looking to emulate their sire by claiming victory. Zoustar was trained by Waller to claim the 2013 Golden Rose with both his progeny competing in the 2018 edition also sporting the Waller polish. The colt was sighted in three races during the Brisbane Winter Carnival finishing in the top two on each occasion. Taking out the G2 Champagne Classic at 1200m he then went to the Sires Produce where he started favourite when finishing three-quarters of a length from the winner Lean Mean Machine. Jumping from the widest gate in the JJ Atkins, Zousain was attacking the line strongly to get within 0.3 lengths of the winner The Autumn Sun. Given two trials to prepare for the season, the second of those was a sharp effort prior to his return in the Run To The Rose. James McDonald was up for that run and takes the ride again.
A winner at his first two race starts in December as an early season 2YO, the Spirit of Boom colt has been unable to replicate victory at his 3 subsequent starts. His win in the Wyong Magic Millions race was a dominant win when scoring by 4.14 lengths. Under Hugh Bowman in the Magic Millions Classic he was never a factor and after finishing 21 lengths from the winner was sent straight to the paddock. Returning for his 3YO season in a trial at Gosford, he looked smart in defeating Graff by a small margin. First-up into the San Domenico he was ridden on the speed but couldn’t go with them when the speed went on. Second-up to the 1200m of The Run To The Rose, he was sent to the front under Kerrin McEvoy and was fighting strongly to the line to go under by one length and hold 3rd on the Heavy 8. From gate 2 he can settle on the speed and the blinkers come off for the first time.
One of the three Chris Waller entrant’s in the race, he has started just once on his home track, successful in the Run To The Rose at 1200m. The Run To The Rose has traditionally been the best guide to the winner of this race with 5 of the past 6 winners coming through the race and 3 of the past 4 winners securing the double. Victory would see Lean Mean Machine join Astern, Exosphere and Hallowed Crown in completing the double in the past 5 editions. Successful in the G2 Sires Produce at Doomben in the Winter Carnival, the Zoustar colt then went to the JJ Atkins at the mile and was never a factor on the Heavy 8. Given two trials to prepare for his return, he handled his home track much better and carrying the top-weight under the SW+P scale defeated the previously unbeaten Graff by 0.8 lengths. The rise to the 1400m should suit and Tye Angland keeps the ride after being aboard last start for the first time.
The Group 1 Golden Rose is a race restricted to 3 Year Olds, run under the conditions of set weights. In 2018 colts & geldings will be allocated 56.5kg with fillies to carry 54.5kg. The race was originally held as the Peter Pan Stakes to honour the former dual Melbourne Cup winner and in 2003 was renamed to the Golden Rose, coinciding with a sharp increase in prizemoney.
First held in 1978 the race received Group 2 status in 1979 up until the race changed to the Golden Rose. Despite offering $1m in prizemoney, the race was not even at Listed level for 2 years, achieved Listed status in 2005 and then received successive upgrades until in 2009 it reached the current Group 1 status.
In 2018 the race will offer $1m in prizemoney with the winner to receive $580,000. The 2017 winner was the Gerald Ryan trained Trapeze Artist, ridden by Tye Angland. Other winners of the race as either the Golden Rose or the Peter Pan include Exosphere, Zoustar, Toorak Toff, Forensics, Paratroopers, Fairway and Flying Spur.
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|Date:||Saturday 22nd Septemeber 2018|
|Race Time:||15:50 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO SW|
|2017 Winner:||Trapeze Artist|
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