The Golden Rose is the first Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and sees some of the leading three-year-olds sprinters clash at Rosehill Racecourse during the early weeks of the new season in September each year.
A new addition to the racing programme, the race was introduced in 2003 when won by In Top Swing and has only enjoyed Group 1 status since 2009 having been upgraded to Group 2 just two years earlier. It had previously been held in March during the Autumn Carnival
, but was moved to the spring in 2008 when two winners were crowned that year.
The set-weights race is staged over 1400m and carries a total prize fund of $1million, making it the richest race of the Sydney Spring Carnival
. It is the first big betting heat of the new season with an abundance of special offers and promotions on the race from leading bookmakers.
The route to the Golden Rose is usually via the listed Rosebud and the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1300m), which are both held at Rosehill during August. Denman was the last horse to achieve the Run To The Rose-Golden Rose double in 2009, following in the footsteps of Paratroopers, who also achieved the feat in 2005.
Alternative lead up races at the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1200m) and Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) staged at Warwick Farm in the preceding weeks with 2006 and 2011 winners Court Command and Manawanui landing the former en route to taking out the Golden Rose.
After running in the Golden Rose, the Melbourne Spring Carnival
is often on the agenda with 2012 winner Epaulette going on to win the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas
Prelude at Caulfield. Prior to that, the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes is a popular target with Golden Rose winners Doonan (2004), Court Command (2006), Duporth (2008) and Toorak Toff (2010) following up after winning at Rosehill.
Golden Rose Day at Rosehill also includes two other Group races - the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes and the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes.