Golden Rose Stakes 2012 First Acceptances

July 18th, 2012

First acceptances for the 2012 Golden Rose Stakes, which will kick off Group 1 racing for the 2012-13 Australian Racing Season, have now been released with 177 hopeful youngsters making up the early entries.

One of the crucial races of the annual Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) is this year shaping up as a crack showdown between many of last season’s ace juveniles.

Due to light up Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Saturday September 15, 2012 the Golden Rose Stakes first acceptances feature the three top horses that ran the trifecta in the world’s richest two-year-olds’ race in the autumn.

Golden Slipper winner Pierro, runner-up Snitzerland and third placegetter Samaready are already three of the most talked about horses heading into the 2012 Golden Rose Stakes.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Lonhro colt Pierro is undefeated from six starts so far, the $2.9 million earner having scored the coveted 2YO Triple Crown backing up from the Golden Slipper success to also salute in the Inglis Sires Produce Stakes and the Champagne Stakes.

Waterhouse has also paid up for 15 other Golden Rose first acceptors including her Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Driefontein and Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up No Looking Back.

Golden Slipper second placegetter Snitzerland meanwhile is on track for a big spring according to Gerald Ryan, as is the Mick Price-trained Samaready.

A winner of her opening four career starts including the famed Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in February, More Than Ready filly Samaready will be stepping up to 1400-metres for the first time in the Golden Rose.

From there Price will make a decision on the remainder of her spring campaign with her grand final goal to be either the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) for the fillies at Caulfield, or if she doesn’t look like wanting to step up to the mile the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, November 3.

“Will she run out a mile or will she be just a sprinter? I suppose we’ll get the answer when she steps up to 1400 (metres) for the first time in the Golden Rose and I’ll be guided by that,” Price said.

Pleased with the smart representation in the 2012 Golden Rose Stakes first acceptances by the fillies was the ATC’s Matt Rudolph.

“We’re very happy with the nominations and we would hope to see more fillies set for the race this year,” Rudolph said at first acceptance stage.

“Last year was a high-quality race but purely colts and geldings.

“We’ve got some high-class fillies this year including Samaready and Snitzerland who both placed in the Slipper.”

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