2011 Golden Rose Final Field

September 6th, 2011

The 2011 Golden Rose final field has been released today with only six horses set to take to the track for the $1 million race this Saturday at Rosehill Gardens.

While for many it may be disappointing to see such a small field of horses the fact is that all of the big guns will be on show come this weekend.

The exception to that is probably from the fillies ranks with none of the top performing girls to be stepped up against the boys.

It’s probably not a surprising move either given just how dominant a number of these colts and geldings have been in their last few runs.

In fact the field of six has three last start winners and two that were less than a length off the pace.

With respect to Flight Of Pegasus, it’s the other five that will be receiving the bulk of the attention and the reality is that any one of them has the ability to win the race.

The question that hangs of their heads though is that of the tempo, just which horse will go forward and will there be any pace in the early stages?

While later in the week we’ll bring you full Golden Rose form guides as well as our tips and betting updates, first things first we need to find a leader in a field full of back markers.

2011 Golden Rose Field

Barrier 1: Foxwedge

He’s a horse that likes to be just off the pace but not one which likes to take up the early running. That said he’s never really had to either so from barrier one he’s a chance to set the speed, although once again he could well settle in the prime position. (Likely settle: one back on the fence)

Barrier 2: Flight Of Pegasus

This is another horse that likes to run with off a decent tempo but connections have to realise he can’t sprint in this class. Because of that expect him to be a little bit more handy, especially from his inside gate. (Likely settle: one wide on the pace)

Barrier 3: Manawanui

Another relying on a blinding late burst and one which likes to be brought into it. Where he settles is likely to be determined by Flight Of Pegasus on his inside and whether they go forward or not. If they do he’ll cover up Foxwedge one back with cover, if not he could find himself facing the breeze in second spot. (Likely settle: one out, one back)

Barrier 4: Helmet

Peter Snowden adds blinkers to him for the first time this weekend and as a result he’s the one likely to push forward. Expect him to get a pretty easy time of it getting to the front and how much he has to work from there will determine his chances. (Likely settle: leader)

Barrier 5: Smart Missile

Cummings said ideally he’d be tracking Helmet the whole way but in reality he may find himself back a little more than that. If Flight Of Pegasus goes forward he might get a spot behind Foxwedge on the fence, if not he could be one wide covering Manawanui. (Likely settle, back on the fence)

Barrier 6: Aeronautical

Cohen said he could go forwards if required but form gate six he’ll probably be content to just drop to the back. Whether he’s one wide with cover or trailing them all will be determined by the pace and a few moves inside him. Regardless of the tempo he’ll be happy there for at least the first 600m, speed of the race to dictate when he makes his move. (Likely settle: one wide at the back)

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