2016 Golden Rose Betting Update: Astern New Favourite

September 8th, 2016

After Chris Waller’s promising filly Omei Sword opened early favourite to win the Golden Rose Stakes 2016 in Sydney this Saturday, money has come in for the new top fancy Astern causing a shake-up to the markets.


Astern (pictured) has overtaken the filly Omei Sword in 2016 Golden Rose betting for Saturday at Rosehill Gardens. Photo: Steve Hart.

Continuing the elite level action of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival at Rosehill Gardens on the weekend, a final field of 14 three-year-olds face off in the $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m).

When the Golden Rose Stakes field and barriers were announced on Tuesday, all the rage in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au was for Waller’s daughter of High Chaparral Omei Sword to become the first filly to win the classic since Forensics (2008).

Omei Sword, last seen winning the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, came up trumps with barrier three in the Golden Rose Stakes barrier draw.

That plus the booking of ace Brazilian hoop Joao Moreria for the ride had her sitting pretty as the $3.60 favourite in the Golden Rose odds.

Omei Sword has since eased out to $4 to hand Waller with his second win in the feature following his success three years ago with Zoustar (2013).

The new Golden Rose favourite at $3.80 is Astern for John O’Shea and the Godolphin stable.

O’Shea won the race 12 months ago with Exosphere (2015) who was the second youngster in as many years to complete the Run To The Rose – Golden Rose double.

Now that form-line could stack up again with this year’s Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) winner from a fortnight back, Medaglia D’Oro colt Astern, getting love from the punters.

He is two-from-three at the Rosehill track, but is as yet untested over further than 1200m.

Astern, who has last year’s winning jockey James McDonald in the saddle, also has a wide barrier 12 draw to overcome.

Recent history shows a double-digit gate isn’t an issue however with Hallowed Crown (14 of 15 in 2014) and Zoustar (16 of 16 in 2013) both getting the job done from out wide.

Occupying the third line of Golden Rose Stakes betting at $4.40 in an open top half of the market is then the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Divine Prophet.

Tommy Berry, who won the Golden Rose aboard Epaulette in 2012, sticks aboard the Choisir colt who is a Group 1 placegetter and Group 3 winner.

As a two-year-old he ran third to Prized Icon in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) over a mile before a first-up win this season in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m).

He has had three weeks between runs, but second-up over 1400m he should be ready to peak and complete the Up & Coming Stakes – Golden Rose double for the first time since Manawanui (2011).

Rounding out the single-figure fancies to become this year’s Golden Rose Stakes winner is then the genuine market mover, Yankee Rose.

She has been heavily supported in from $9.50 to $6.50 to kick off her three-year-old campaign with an elite level victory.

The David Vandyke-trained All American filly has won three of her four starts to date, including two from three at Rosehill, with her only loss being the Golden Slipper second to Capitalist in March.

Her last run on April 2 produced the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) victory over the Golden Rose distance, and despite some hiccups to her prep this time in, she is reportedly ready to fire first-up.

See below for the full Golden Rose Stakes 2016 odds, betting open now at Ladbrokes.com.au!

2016 Golden Rose Odds