Manawanui Wins 2011 Golden Rose

September 12th, 2011

The 2011 Golden Rose was marred with controversy from the very beginning with a string of incidents and an ultimate winner the majority failed to pick.

The first horse across the line was Manawanui, the Ron Leemon trained racehorse proving just too strong across the final two furlongs and forcing a big upset and some huge losses on the behalf of punters.

The very complexion of the race changed at the beginning with Helmet, tipped by many to be the pacemaker, missing the start and ending up at the back of the pack.

Aeronautical picked up the early running from Foxwedge before Manawanui pushed up to lead the pack around the bend.

He was the first to balance up and push forward and he caused a split back to Foxwedge with Smart Missile and Helmet attempting to run on down the outside.

Smart Missile ended up being the only one who could go with him though before the horse showed a bizarre behaviour we hadn’t seen previously.

Far from the flash finish of the Run To The Rose he veered wide across the track and probably cost himself the race with the erratic performance.

That left Manawanui the winner with Smart Missile second and Foxwedge third across the line.

The drama hadn’t ended there though with Kerrin McEvoy launching an appeal for third on Helmet claiming James McDonald caused interference at the 600m mark.

The vision backed this up and the places were reversed amid plenty of fiery controversy.

It was the kind of race with a muddled pace plenty of bumping and effectively something that wasn’t pretty to watch.

It all worked out well for Manawanui though, effectively left alone in front to snatch a Group 1 win in Sydney’s richest spring event.