The James Cummings-trained Cylinder is firm favourite to keep the wins coming this spring in the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.


Cylinder is favourite to win Saturday’s 2023 Golden Rose in Sydney for Godolphin. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of the key three-year-old features of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Golden Rose Stakes field features 13 young hopefuls this season.

Current post-acceptance Golden Rose Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes have the autumn’s Golden Slipper runner-up Cylinder as the $3.50 top elect off back-to-back winning lead-up runs this time in.

The progressive Exceed And Excel colt was good fresh in Melbourne’s Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) before another narrow but convincing win in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) last Start.

The fellow Godolphin-raced Bivouac (2019) was the last horse to complete the Run To The Rose – Golden Rose double, and the price on Cylinder to be the next jumping from an  ideal gate six draw this weekend are being kept short.

Cylinder has the talented Nash Rawiller retaining the ride with the hoop on a high after taking out the $1 million 7 Stakes on Think It Over and $1 million The Shorts on The Everest-bound Private Eye in Sydney last Saturday.

The danger occupying the second line of markets at current Golden Rose Stakes odds of $5 is the Chris Waller-trained Shinzo racing first-up as a three-year-old this weekend.

Winner of the autumn’s Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, the Snitzel colt is looking to pick up where he left off in Group 1 winning fashion.

He looked to have come on nicely with an August barrier trail win over the marvel Zaaki.

Shinzo has a lovely Rosehill track record and jumps from wider out in gate 10 with Ryan Moore aboard.

Waller has prepared two previous Golden Rose winners with Zoustar (2013) and The Autumn Sun (2018).

Along with Shinzo the star Sydney-based horseman also saddles-up his fellow Group 1 champ Militarize in this year’s field.

Militarize completed the Inglis Sires’ – Champagne Stakes double as a two-year-old before a solid return when the Dundeel colt ran a fast-finishing fifth under a length beaten fresh in the Run To The Rose.

He gets the run of the race from barrier two on the weekend and has Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira in the saddle.

Currently occupying the third line of Golden Rose markets at $6 is the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained King Colorado who comes off a solid run when ninth behind Fangirl in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) last month.

He will be better second-up with natural improvement with the winter’s Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) winner sure to appreciate the step-up in distance and being back against his own age.

Forensics (2008) was the last Golden Rose winning filly and this year the only girl up against the colts and geldings is Charm Stone prepared by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr.

The daughter of I Am Invincible is being kept safe in the markets at $8 as she chases her third win on the trot this time in.

Fresh she won the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield before heading to The Valley on September nine for a stylish win in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m).

Just shorter than her in the markets at $7 meanwhile is another last-start winner, Gary Portelli‘s Capitalist gelding Encap who was last seen putting 1.67 lengths on his closest rival in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality at this course and distance on September 9.

Check out the full Golden Rose Stakes odds online now through Ladbrokes.

2023 Golden Rose Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 13011×5 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 2 56.5kg 104
2 3211x SHINZO Chris Waller Ryan Moore 10 56.5kg 104
3 22x1127x11 CYLINDER James Cummings Nash Rawiller 6 56.5kg 100
4 411×9 KING COLORADO Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 9 56.5kg 96
5 142426×7 DON CORLEONE Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 5 56.5kg 90
6 11×18 LIBERTAD Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 7 56.5kg 90
7 122 MORAVIA Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 4 56.5kg 87
8 3×2231 ENCAP Gary Portelli Dylan Gibbons (a) 3 56.5kg 81
9 2108×34 BUTCH CASSIDY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ryan Maloney 8 56.5kg 80
10 26×13 NADAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Zac Lloyd (a) 13 56.5kg 80
11 2x3325x1 SNAPBACK Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 11 56.5kg 79
12 3x1x46 GENERAL SALUTE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 12 56.5kg 77
13 31x6x11 CHARM STONE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 1 54.5kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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