THE RUN TO THE ROSE IS A STEPPING STONE TO SPRING
$175,000, Group 2, three-year-olds set weights and penalties, 1200m
In racing terminology, The Run To The Rose has gone through its grades.
It started as a quality handicap in 2003, then was upgraded to Listed class in 2005, Group Three in 2007 and this year will be run as a Group Two.
As its name implies, it is the logical launching pad to the Group One Golden Rose.
THE BIGGEST NAMES TO WIN IT
As the prize money has increased, so has the calibre of winners. Hallowed Crown (2014), Pierro (2012), Smart Missile (2011) and Denman (2009) all won the race and are now successful stallions.
THE RECENT HISTORY
While it’s the logical lead up to the stallion-making Golden Rose, history shows it takes a pretty special horse to make a winning progression. The only horses to do the double are Denman, Pierro and last year’s winner Hallowed Crown.