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The Golden Rose is a Group 1 1400m race held at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. The $1 million race is run under set weight conditions, and in 2020 will be held on Saturday, September 26.

Bivouac won the 2019 Golden Rose, with Hugh Bowman guiding the colt home. Just like they did in the Run To The Rose, Yes Yes Yes and Exceedance made up the placings in what was a relatively small field. Bivouac went on to finish mid-field in the Manikato Stakes and runner-up in the Coolmore Stud Stakes later in the spring.

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The race was first run as the Peter Pan Stakes back in 1978, taking its name from two-time Melbourne Cup winner Peter Pan. In 2003 it was renamed the Golden Rose and also changed to a 1400m trip.

A number of great horses have won the Golden Rose, which should be no surprise considering the prize money on offer. Kingstown Town won in 1979, while Zoustar was successful in 2013. More recently the likes of Trapeze Artist and The Autumn Sun have seen success in the Golden Rose. To the surprise of many, no horse has won the race in consecutive years.

Bivouac raced home in 1:21.88 to win the 2019 edition of the Golden Rose, which is one of the faster times since the race changed to 1400m. Both Toorak Toff (1:21.90) and Exosphere (1:21.83) have also clocked sub-1:22.00.

Golden Rose Field

The Golden Rose is a $1 million Group 1 race so the field is normally very strong. It also is early in the spring so is often used as a lead-up race for other of the slightly more prestigious Group 1s. Nominations for this year’s Golden Rose close on September 21 and final acceptances are on September 23.

2020 Golden Rose Field

1Rothfire (8)J: Jim Byrne 56.5kg T: R L Heathcote$1.90$1.16
2King’s Legacy (9)J: Hugh Bowman 56.5kg T: P & P Snowden$15.00$3.30
3Mamaragan (1)J: Nash Rawiller 56.5kg T: John Thompson$14.00$3.10
4Ole Kirk (3)J: Tommy Berry 56.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$8.50$2.20
5North Pacific (6)J: James Mcdonald 56.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$5.50$1.60
6Global Quest (4)J: Brenton Avdulla 56.5kg T: C J Waller$21.00$4.00
7Peltzer (2)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 56.5kg T: G Ryan & S Alexiou$8.00$2.15
8Sauvestre (5)J: Glen Boss 56.5kg T: C J Waller$61.00$8.00
9Yardstick (7)J: Tim Clark 56.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$51.00$7.00


Golden Rose Betting

Recent years have shown that the Golden Rose has been kind to punters. Bivouac was the favourite in 2019, saluting with a starting price of $2.50. In fact, four of the last five winners of Golden Rose have had starting prices below $5. The outlier was Trapeze Artist in 2017, who had a starting price of $41.

Golden Rose Result

1BivouacJames CummingsHugh Bowman$2.50
2Yes Yes YesChris WallerNash Rawiller$4.20
3ExeedanceMichael, Wayne & John HawkesTommy Berry$4.80
4Yao DashGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottAdam Hyeronimus$9.50
5KubrickChris WallerJames McDonald$15
6Dawn PassageGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark$41
7CastelvecchioRichard LittJoshua Parr$10
8Prince FawazAnthony CummingsKerrin McEvoy$61


2020 – Ole Kirk (1:22.61)
2019 – Bivouac (1:21.88)
2018 – The Autumn Sun (1:22.24)
2017 – Trapeze Artist (1:22.41)
2016 – Astern (1:23.91)
2015 – Exosphere (1:21.83)
2014 – Hallowed Crown (1:24.00)
2013 – Zoustar (1:22.51)
2012 – Epaulette (1:22.30)
2011 – Manawanui (1:23.32)
2010 – Toorak Toff (1:21.90)