, Run to the Rose - Rosehill Racecourse - Sydney Spring Racing Carnival
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The Run to the Rose

The Run to the Rose is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds held at Rosehill racecourse in August each year in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weights plus penalties conditions and offers $200,000 in prize money. The 2020 Run To The Rose was won by Rothfire from Ole Kirk with North Pacific third.

Upgraded to Group 2 status for the 2015/2016 racing season, the Run To The Rose also received a prize money increase of $50,000.

The Run to the Rose info

Date: Saturday 11th September 2021
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 3yo Set Weight + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
2020 Winner: Rothfire

The Run to the Rose is a 3yo set weight plus penalties race that attracts capable three-year-olds earmarked by trainers for this event. The weighted conditions of the race favour the better horses engaged and many gallopers contesting this event will most likely head towards the Group 1 Golden Rose later in the carnival at the same track.

The $1,000,000 Golden Rose is the richest event held during the Sydney spring racing carnival, which makes it an attractive proposition for connections of eligible three-year-olds, and the Run To The Rose is the ideal lead-up race. Epaulette (3rd in 2012) claimed the Golden Rose at his next start after running third in this race.

In recent years Hallowed Crown (2014), Denman (2009) and Paratroopers (2005) have gone on to win the Golden Rose after winning this event, while Dissident (2013), Squamosa (2010) & Smart Missile (2011) all finished runner-up in the Golden Rose after scoring in this race.

Smart galloper Helmet (3rd in 2011) finished third in the Golden Rose at his next outing before heading to Melbourne at his next start to win the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October.

Bivouac (2019) ran second in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill before scoring a classy on pace victory in this event for the James Cummings stable.

Recent Run To The Rose winners include Lean Mean Machine (2018) and Menari (2017).

2020 Run To The Rose result

1. $5.00 Rothfire 58.5 Jim Byrne
2. $31.00 Ole Kirk 56.0 Tommy Berry
3. $4.00 North Pacific 57.0 James McDonald

then followed
4. $9.50 Peltzer 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
5. $2.40 Farnan 58.5 Hugh Bowman
6. $10.00 Mamaragan 57.5 Nash Rawiller
7. $31.00 King's Legacy 58.5 Jason Collett

Margins: 1.5 len, 1 len
Time: 1:08.52

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Run To The Rose winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Rothfire Ole Kirk North Pacific 1:08.5
2019 Bivouac Yes Yes Yes Exceedance 1:08.7
2018 Lean Mean Machine Graff Jonker 1:13.5
2017 Menari Pariah Perast 1:08.5
2016 Astern Star Turn Impending 1:10.9
2015 Exosphere Press Statement Holler 1:10.6
2014 Hallowed Crown Kumaon Ygritte 1:12.9
2013 Va Pensiero Dissident Marseille Roulette 1:09.6
2012 Pierro Your Song Epaulette 1:09.8
2011 Smart Missile Foxwedge Helmet
2010 Squamosa Masquerader Testarhythm 1:18.2
2009 Denman More Than Great Bombay Sling 1:16.6
2008 Desuetude Maybe I Emperor Bonaparte 1:18.1
2007 El Cambio Rapid Jacko Turffontein 1:16.2
2006 Mentality He'S No Pie Eater Boncoeur 1:17.6
2005 Paratroopers Pendragon (Nz) Thunderbird Hill 1:16.3
2004 Eremein Uber Econsul (Nz) 1:18.3
2003 Gilded Youth Charmview Confectioner 1:16.7