The Golden Rose is just over a fortnight away and that means that the Run To The Rose is well and truly underway.
Utterly gross puns aside, Saturday’s Group 2 feature race at Rosehill Gardens has drawn a small but talented field of three-year-olds, including a Group 1 winner, several other stakes winners and some very exciting Spring Carnival prospects.
There’s a case to be made for nearly every runner, but my 2019 The Run To The Rose tips can be found below.
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
Exceedance was enormous first-up and I think that he’ll only improve off his run and dominant win in the San Domenico. The Exceed And Excel colt debut in May for a smart win at Wyong and was sent to the paddock after finishing third in a Saturday race here at Rosehill, but his first-up effort this time suggested that he has returned a far-more furnished prospect this time and the sky really does appear the limit.
Bivouac didn’t justify his ludicrous odds-on favouritism last time out, but I think he’ll only improve off what still a competitive effort and can fight out the finish of The Run To The Rose with Exceedance. The Godolphin-trained colt was a multiple stakes winner as a two-year-old and resumed this time for a dominant win in the Group 3 Vain Stakes, in what was his only other start prior to the San Domenico. He’ll be tough to beat again.
I’ve been a fan of Yes Yes Yes since he first stepped out for Darren Weir and I reckon we might just see a better horse this time in. The Rubick colt has finished worse that second only once in his five career starts, and that was a credible seventh placing in the Golden Slipper. The only reason that I’ve put Exceedance and Bivouac ahead in the order is due to their obvious fitness edge, though this bloke’s fresh form is excellent, and he won the Todman first-up last time.
Hightail brings a different, probably weaker form line into this race than both Exceedance and Bivouac, but he is still a stakes-performed horse and will take good improvement into this second-up target. The Written Tycoon gelding returned several pleasing efforts last time in and did hit the line nicely in the McKenzie a few weeks back. He drops a kilo from that run and is drawn on the inside of this field.