Months of planning has gone into the campaigns of the Golden Rose contenders and what a field 2018 has produced.
It’s one of the best races on the Sydney racing calendar and all the best odds can be found at Sportsbet.com.au.
2018 Golden Rose final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Golden Rose 2018
Graff @ $3.40 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
The Autumn Sun @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Jonker @ $13 – BET NOW
2018 Golden Rose Form Guide & Tips
Lean Mean Machine ($5.50) – BET NOW
The Chris Waller-trained colt scored an upset win in the Run To The Rose and that form is always tops for the Golden Rose.
Always underrated by many punters, the son of Zoustar took advantage of a run trip in transit last start to score and although there might have been better runs from the beaten brigade, it’s tough to overlook the talented type.
$5.50 is a touch short for our liking after opening at $6.50.
The Autumn Sun (Best Each Way – $4.20) – BET NOW
Desperately unlucky in the Stan Fox Stakes, The Autumn Sun represents good each way value in the Golden Rose and he looms as a serious winning chance.
The Waller-trained colt was held up behind runners at Rosehill and although that form is a touch below these, he looked like a potential champion when winning his three starts prior.
There’s no doubting that with some luck he wins the Stan Fox and if he did, he would be odds-on favourite to take out this race.
Zousain ($7.50) – BET NOW
Zousain has shown his best form on a rain-affected track and we’re not sure conditions will suit him ideally here.
The third Waller-trained runner, Zousain finished fourth behind Lean Mean Machine last time out and he showed good ability when running second behind The Autumn Sun in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins last season.
This is a tough race and he represents a winning chance, but we would need bigger odds.
Graff (Best Bet – $3.40) – BET NOW
Graff lost no admirers when running second behind Lean Mean Machine last time out after travelling wide throughout the race.
Previously unbeaten from three starts, the colt by Star Witness looked the goods when winning by 2.5 lengths on this track two starts back and he still looked the winner last start despite the tough run.
Drawing barrier four is ideal here as Jason Collett should give the colt a great run and we’ll happily take the $3.40 on offer.
Sandbar ($17) – BET NOW
Good win two back at Rosehill before running fifth behind Lean Mean Machine in the Run To The Rose. Looks held here and a win would surprise.
Santos ($15) – BET NOW
Looked handy winning his first two starts last campaign, but he didn’t fire when fifth fresh up in the Heritage Stakes and we’re not sure that’s the best form line coming into this.
Being from the Waterhouse/Bott stables, he will likely be sent forward and could give them a shout, but his condition might give out late.
Jonker (Best Roughie – $13) – BET NOW
Owns plenty of talent and there was plenty to like about his performance last start. The Spirit Of Boom colt ran only a length behind the winner as a double-figure chance and punters are getting the same odds again.
The two-time winner has been found out at the top level in the past when running last in the Magic Millions behind Sunlight but he has come back well and represents value.
Danawi ($34) – BET NOW
Ran three straight second placings before breaking through nicely two back. Didn’t fire last start and he should be set for something a little easier.
Tchaikovsky ($27) – BET NOW
Was a boom runner early on in his career and he might get better with time, but he looks likely to struggle against this class.
Recent trial winner, which is good preparation but a placing would be a big result.
Seabrook ($9) – BET NOW
Has been specked at odds after running third behind Native Soldier but that form didn’t hold up last start, so that’s a major concern.
Won the last time she raced in Sydney and she gets the slight weight advantage over the field.