2013 Golden Rose: Horse racing preview, live blog, tips

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Manawanui, ridden by Glyn Schofield, wins the 2011 Golden Rose at Rosehill, the first Group One race of the spring. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

The $1million 2013 Golden Rose is Sydney’s first Group 1 race of the new season. Join us from 4.30pm AEST for a preview, live blog and post-race analysis.

A number of previous Golden Rose winners have progressed onto subsequent Group 1 wins later in their careers, including Epaulette, Toorak Toff, Duporth and Forensics.

Last year’s winner Epaulette went on to win the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 this winter.

Since the race was elevated to Group 1 status in 2006, the race has been won five times by a last start winner and Forensics is the only winner since 2006 to start from a double figure barrier.

Peter Snowden and Anthony Cummings boast the best Golden Rose records with three and two wins respectively.

High profile trainers Gai Waterhouse, David Hayes and Chris Waller are yet to take out the $1 million dollar race.

Now let’s look into the running of this year’s event.

Prince Harada is currently on top of the betting at $4.20, followed by Fast ‘N’ Rocking ($6), Cluster ($9) and Zoustar who has drifted to $11 since the barrier draw.

The speed of this year’s Golden Rose looks to be blistering with all of Gai Waterhouse’s runners likely to go forward.

Especially War, Bull Point and Aussies Love Sport from his wide draw. Drago, Criterion and Into The Red are normally slow out of the gates and will all look for cover at the back of the field.

From the barrier draw the biggest question will be, where does Zoustar go from his carpark draw?

Since the start of the new season I have had Zoustar on the top of my list to win the Golden Rose but after Tuesday’s barrier draw it has changed my mind slightly.

I thought his efforts in the Run to the Rose were enormous, still fighting on strongly after sitting wide throughout the race.

Looking back at last year’s Run to the Rose it was a very similar run to that of eventual Golden Rose winner Epaulette.

Jim Cassidy must make a decision early, if he gets some sought of cover he will be in the finish up to his ears.

Fast ‘N’ Rocking finally scored his maiden victory last start in the McNeil after never running a bad race so far in his short career.

He was slightly erratic 200m out and caused interference between Miracles of Life and Prince Harada, who was severely checked.

What impressed me the most though was how strongly he surged to the line after the interference occurred. Barrier 5 is ideal for him and should get a great run in transit, especially when he has top jockey Brett Prebble on board.

As I mentioned previously Prince Harada copped heavy interference last start and a number of people say he should of won the race, I beg to differ.

The concern here though is he has drawn Barrier 1 and will he start well enough to gain clear galloping room in this field of 17.

He certainly has the ability to win this race but I believe Fast ‘N’ Rocking may have it over him again.

For me though you will see Prince Harada at his best in the Caulfield Guineas and beyond.

Anthony Cummings star duo Cluster and Drago are two class colts and both have big futures ahead of them.

I definitely think they will figure in the first five or six here but in my opinion they will only get better when they race over further in races like the Spring Champion and Victoria Derby later in the Spring.

Eurozone can definitely turn things around after a disappointing eightth last start. He raced wide and had nothing left in the tank as they turned into the straight.

The Bart Cummings three-year-old would probably prefer the ground soft here and with some rain predicted over the next few days, this could play right into his hands.

Brad Durrant’s tips
1. Fast ‘N’ Rocking
2. Zoustar
3. Prince Harada
4. Eurozone

Justin Cinque’s tips
1. Fast ‘N’ Rocking
2. Prince Harada
3. Eurozone
4. Drago

Andrew Hawkins’ tips
1. Eurozone
2. Fast ‘N’ Rocking
3. Zoustar
4. Prince Harada

Cameron Rose’s tips
1. Fast ‘N’ Rocking
2. Cluster
3. Zoustar
4. Prince Harada

Alfred Chan’s tips
1. Dissident
2. Fast ‘N’ Rocking
3. Drago
4. Prince Harada

Roar writers 2013 Spring Carnival tipping tally (five points if winning horse is tipped for first; three points if tipped for second; two for third and one for fourth):
After week four
Alfred Chan: 16
Justin Cinque: 10
Cameron Rose: 6
Andrew Hawkins: 5

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