2014 Golden Rose Barrier Draw

September 9th, 2014

The barrier draw for the 2014 Golden Rose (1400m) has been completed, confirming alleys for all 15 entrants for the Sydney Spring Carnival’s first Group 1 race, to be held at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.

Hallowed Crown's chances of success in the Golden Rose have taken a hit after being allocated barrier 14

Hallowed Crown's chances of success in the Golden Rose have taken a hit after being allocated barrier 14. Photo: Steve Hart

Claiming early favouritism for the 2014 Golden Rose following an impressive first-up victory in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) in August, Bring Me The Maid is offered an excellent chance of maiden Group 1 success from barrier 6.

More than stamping her claims as one to watch over an impressive maiden preparation in autumn which included a win in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) most notably, Bring Me The Maid has been identified as a high threat by a number of her Golden Rose rivals and has been confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Luke Nolen.

Stable representative from trainer Peter Moody in Sydney, Clare Cunningham said Bring Me The Maid has pleased the team in the lead-up to the 2014 Golden Rose, and will line up on Saturday in peak condition.

“From her two-year-old prep she’s probably matured into a lot stronger of a filly but I think there’s still a lot to come,” Cunningham said following the Golden Rose barrier draw.

“He first-up win was obviously very pleasing and from there she’s trained on really well and enjoyed the three weeks between starts.

“I think she’s tough enough to bring it.”

Yet to be defeated over three impressive starts so far, Bart and James Cummings-trained colt Hallowed Crown without doubt took the biggest hit of all leading Golden Rose chances, allocated the wide and awkward gate 14.

Debuting with a strong win in a minor over 1150m on March 26th, Hallowed Crown has continued to impressive via victories in both the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) and Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) most recently.

While disappointed to have drawn a wide gates, co-trainer James Cummings said Zoustar’s victory from the outside gate in the 2013 Golden Rose coupled with the likelihood of a rain-soaked Rosehill track on Saturday allow the Street Sense colt to remain a great chance of success.

“I think the important thing is you draw around some horses that can really bring you into the race,” Cummings said.

“Last year I think Zoustar drew 16 and Dissident drew 14, and they came away to fight it out.

“He’s got a turn of foot; he came from a position where he was sort of well back and coming wide around the bend first-up … that attribute can get him out of trouble.

“He’s the sort of horse who has kept raising the bar and meeting the challenge, he’s improved from his first occasions – we saw him in a public trial and started at 10-1 in his debut.”

Godolphin’s chances of success in the 2014 Golden Rose Stakes have, if anything, been embellished by Wednesday’s barrier draw; with classy colt Kumaon allocated the ideal barrier 1, while Sarajevo will leave from the central barrier 8 and will be partnered by Premiership-winning jockey James McDonald.

“Obviously had big wraps on the horse since day dot and he’s yet to put it together, but I think he definitely can on Saturday with a good track if we get that,” McDonald said of Sarajevo after the draw.

“I feel he’s the horse to beat’ his work has been up to standard and obviously he hasn’t had a lot of luck with tracks and barriers and I think if he gets the breaks on Saturday, whatever beats him wins the race.”

Racing Manager of Godolphin Australian Jason Walsh said he believes Kumaon will be a particularly good chance of success in the 2014 Golden Rose should the Rosehill track firm over the coming days.

“He has got the record on the board – he ran third in the Champagne (Stakes, Group 1, 1600m) and showed a lot in the autumn, so again we’re confident that if he gets fairer ground or faster ground he’ll be even more effective,” Walsh said.

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2014 Golden Rose Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x11x9 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 5 56.5kg 90
2 5x716224x6 SCRATCH ME LUCKY Paul Perry Timothy Bell 2 56.5kg 82
3 11×1 HALLOWED CROWN Bart & James Cummings Hugh Bowman 14 56.5kg 90
4 13x263x2 KUMAON John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 1 56.5kg 85
5 7×111 SCISSOR KICK Paul Messara Tye Angland 12 56.5kg 85
6 147×17 NOSTRADAMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 3 56.5kg 84
7 1126349×5 MODOC Paul Perry Jeff Lloyd 15 56.5kg 74
8 43119x BACHMAN Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 9 56.5kg 80
9 2311×0 SNIPER FIRE Chris Waller Jason Collett 13 56.5kg 73
10 11×82 SHOOTING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 11 56.5kg 74
11 1×44 SARAJEVO John O’Shea James McDonald 8 56.5kg 70
12 1×24 BETTER LAND Peter G Moody Blake Shinn 10 56.5kg 70
13 1313×1 BRING ME THE MAID Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6 54.5kg 99
14 1222×63 YGRITTE Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 7 54.5kg 80
15 2x247x416 PRESS REPORT Lee Curtis Ms Winona Costin (a) 4 54.5kg 75