There are eight confirmed jockeys for the $1 million event with Godolphin’s Exosphere leading the way as favourite, ahead of the Chris Waller-trained Press Statement and Speak Fondly from the Gai Waterhouse stable.

Press Statement is Waller’s main hope in the race but Sydney’s leading trainer is yet to officially rule out running Wudang Mountain and Japonisme.

Hong Kong-based jockeys Brett Prebble and Joao Moreira are set to make an appearance aboard Speak Fondly and Shards respectively.

Below is a list of possible contenders for the 2015 Golden Rose.

HORSE

TRAINER

JOCKEY

PRESS STATEMENT Chris Waller Tye Angland
SPEAK FONDLY Gai Waterhouse Brett Prebble
EXOSPHERE John O’Shea James McDonald
GOLD SYMPHONY Peter Moody Tommy Berry
RAGEESE Michael, Wayne and James Hawkes Brenton Avdulla
SHARDS John O’Shea Joao Moreira
SEBRING SUN Gary Portelli Jim Cassidy
LET’S MAKE IT RAIN Ron Quinton TBA
HOLLER John O’Shea Sam Clipperton
REDZEL Peter and Paul Snowden TBA
ZOUTENANT Kevin Moses TBA
WUDANG MOUNTAIN (unlikely) Chris Waller TBA
JAPONISME (unlikely) Chris Waller TBA

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CrownBet have Godolphin galloper Exosphere a narrow $3.30 pre-post favourite from Press Statement at $3.60. Gai’s filly who is 2 from 2 this campaign is on the next line at $6, then follow Shards $13 and Rageese & Holler at $15.

Check in with WKR later in the week for a full in-depth preview of the $1,000,000 Group 1 Golden Rose, but at this stage of the week I’d be taking the $13 about Goldolphin colt Shards to be ridden by Joao Moreira, the worlds premier jockey.