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.
|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|
|WUDANG MOUNTAIN (unlikely)||Chris Waller||TBA|
|JAPONISME (unlikely)||Chris Waller||TBA|
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.