The Group 2 Run To The Rose is the feature race of the day at Rosehill this Saturday with a bumper field of three year old’s set to contest the race over the 1300m.
The traditional lead up to the Group 1 Golden Rose in two weeks time over 1400m, the Run To The Rose was firstly upgraded from a Listed race to a Group 3 in 2007 before moving to Group 2 status in 2015.
The last 10 winners of the race have all gone to stud after their racing career has finished, making it a very prestigious race to win.
Past winners of the race include Menari (2017), Exosphere (2015), Pierro (2012), Denman (2009), Paratroopers (2005 and Eremein (2004).
Bivouac won the race last year before going on to win the Golden Rose two weeks later. He then finished sixth in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes and second behind Exceedance in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
The 2020 Golden Slipper winner Farnan is the dominant favourite for the race this year having won all but one of his six career race starts to date.
Rothfire and North Pacific are also given a chance in the market.
Other black type races on the card at Rosehill on Saturday include the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes and the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes.
I have completed the form for the entire card at Rosehill and my 2020 Run To The Rose Day Best Bets can be found here.
Race 4 @ 2:00PM over 1100m
It took a very good one to beat Masked Crusader first up at Randwick but there was plenty to like about that performance. It was his first go on a heavy 10 track and he put a gap on the rest of the field. He will be much better suited on the dryer surface and he is simply better than this grade of racing. He will win this with even luck and can step up to stakes grade next time out.
6 Units Masked Crusader
Race 6 @ 3:15PM over 1200m
Farnan proved that he was the best two year old in the country when he won the richest two year old race in the southern hemisphere during a dominant autumn campaign. The only ‘failure’ on his record came when luckless in the Magic Millions Classic and if we believe Gai Waterhouse when she says that the colt has only developed into a bigger and stronger horse, he is a scary proposition in whatever he contests this spring.
5 Units Farnan