Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Rose Contenders Do Battle At Rosehill on Saturday
The picture of Sydney Spring Carnival’s richest race will become clearer this Saturday (1st September) with major contestants of the Group 1 $1million De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose to line up in the Group 3 $125,000 Save the Children Run to the Rose at Rosehill Gardens.
The day also heralds the return of the ‘Go Racing For Real’ promotion which will see one racegoer walk away with the equivalent of 5% of the winning prizemoney for the feature race of the day.
Facing the starter for the first time since claiming the two-year-old Triple Crown in autumn is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro. Carrying topweight of 60kg, the undefeated colt is the current $2.20 favourite with TAB fixed odds after displaying impressive form in recent exhibition gallops at Rosehill Gardens and Warwick Farm.
The boom colt will be up against Casino Prince-sired All Too Hard ($2.50) in the 1200m sprint. The three-year-old resumed with a third in the Smithfield RSL Club San Domenico Stakes (1100m) on 18 August at Rosehill Gardens.
The Listed $100,000 Motor Traders Association Premier’s Cup for stayers will also feature on the eight-race card with NSW Premier, The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, on course to present the winning connections with their trophy.
The final field has attracted 10 quality horses including Stout Hearted ($2.10 fav) from the Chris Waller stable. The former English galloper will be ridden by up and coming jockey Nathan Berry who guided the five-year-old to victory in the Premier’s Cup Prelude in carbon copy conditions to Saturday’s race a fortnight ago.
Stout Hearted will be up against stablemates The Verminator ($21) and Permit ($17), as well as Glencadam Gold ($4.60) from the Gai Waterhouse stable who will be looking to continue his winning form since making a winning Australian debut at Canterbury Park on 15 August.
A National Jockeys Remembrance Ceremony will be conducted after the first race 1:05pm as part of National Jockeys Trust Raceday. The day of celebration, including the popular - National Jockeys Trust Raceday Luncheon - marks the great contribution that jockeys have made to the thoroughbred racing industry in Australia; in particular those who have given their lives or suffered career-ending injuries.
Track Rating: Good 3 (at acceptance time). Rail: Normal.
Gates open: 11am. First race: 12:50pm
Tickets: The Super Saver Pass is on sale now at Ticketek - receive $70 in value for $30 and includes racecourse entry, $10 lunch voucher, two standard drinks, a racebook, pen and a general entry ticket to Derby Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 3 November. Tickets are also available at the gate - $15 for adults, $5 for concession and children under 18 are free.
Transport: To plan your way to Rosehill Gardens, visit - www.131500.com.au
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