Golden Rose

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Fast 'N' Rocking beat Prince Harada and Thermal Current in the McNeil Stakes. Photo: Getty Images/
Victorian raiders Fast ‘ N’ Rocking  and Prince Harada  head the market for the Group One Golden Rose on Saturday, with punters clearly believing that the Melbourne three year-old form is better than that showcased in Sydney so far this season. Although Fast ‘N’ Rocking took nine starts to break his maiden, he did so in style at Caulfield last month, relegating highly regarded colt Prince Harada and Peter Moody’s Thermal Current  to the minor placings. That trio will all meet again in the Golden Rose, while champion trainer Peter Moody is also represented by Dissident .

Dissident finished as runner-up behind Va Pensiero in the traditional leadup for this event, the Run To The Roses, where Zoustar , Cluster  and Windjammer  were all behind him. Eurozone  and Sidestep  were well fancied in that race and have been given another chance here despite disappointing last time out, while Queenslander Into The Red  also came through that contest.

Gai Waterhouse saddles up five runners in the $1,000,000 event, including Run To The Roses third Marseille Roulette . Aussies Love Sport  and War  both won at Group Three level last time out and will represent racing’s leading lady alongside Pitcrew  and Bull Point .

Group Two winner Criterion  and promising stayer Drago  both line up here second up from a spell on their way to races over further.

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