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Exosphere Wins Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning Darley World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) celebrated a Gr1 success when Godolphin's exciting 3YO colt Exosphere (Lonhro-Altitude, by Danzero) scored by 2.3-lengths for trainer John O'Shea in the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO filly Speak Fondly (Northern Meteor-Blab, by Flying Spur) & fellow 3YO colt Sebring Sun (Sebring-Soleil Royale, by French Deputy). This was the first Gr1 victory for Exosphere who stamped himself as arguably Australia's pre-eminent 3YO with this brilliant win. The handsome youngster took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Run To The Rose & Gr2 ATC Skyline Stakes) from 6 starts for $853,350 earnings. Trainer John O'Shea said Exosphere was likely to head to Melbourne for the Gr3 Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on 26 September, before contesting the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) two weeks later. "It was a nice win. He has great turn of foot and he is hard to run down," O'Shea told Sky Racing. "A horse like Exosphere has international appeal and you never know where he could end up." He added: "We always had in our mind to go to Caulfield for the Prelude and we'll see how he pulls up, get him down to Melbourne and see if he can be effective around a bend down there."