The Golden Rose Stakes is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds held at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney during the Spring Carnival. The race is run over 1400 metres at set weights. Current prizemoney is $1 million.
The race actually started in 1978 as the Peter Pan Stakes, named after the dual Melbourne Cup winner from the 1930s, Peter Pan. In 2002 the Australian Turf Club revamped the race, renaming it the Golden Rose Stakes to align with the famous Golden Slipper Stakes for two-year-olds. In 2019, the Golden Eagle for four-year-old horses was also added to the racing calendar.
The conversion of the Peter Pan Stakes to the Golden Rose also brought about a new prize pool of $1 million. This attracted a high-quality field. Subsequently, the race became a Group 3 in 2006, a Group 2 in 2008 and finally a Group 1 in 2009.
The key lead-up race is the Group 2 Run To The Rose, held under the same conditions but over 1200 metres. The Run To The Rose is also held at Rosehill typically a couple of weeks prior to the Golden Rose. Winners of the race have multiple Group 1 options to continue their campaign. These include the Spring Champion (2000 metres at Randwick) or the Caulfield Guineas (1600 metres). For some, open-age Group 1 racing beckons immediately.
Golden Rose Stakes
Rosehill Racecourse, 1400m
Group 1, three-year-olds, set weights
Golden Rose 2020
|1||Ole Kirk||Tommy Berry||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||1:22.61||3||56.5||$7|
|2||North Pacific||James McDonald||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||0.2||6||56.5||$7.50|
|3||King’s Legacy||Hugh Bowman||Peter & Paul Snowden||2||9||56.5||$21|
WHAT A RIDE.
🌟OLE KIRK COMES HOME WITH A BOOMING FINISH TO WIN THE GOLDEN ROSE 🌟 pic.twitter.com/jrayFJm6MF
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) September 26, 2020
Golden Rose: past winners
2018 The Autumn Sun
2017 Trapeze Artist
2014 Hallowed Crown
2010 Toorak Toff