On Saturday, Australia witnessed one of the true rites of passage to the Southern Hemisphere Spring when Melbourne went head-to-head with Sydney for the start of their respective Spring racing carnivals; Rosehill had all the prize money but Caulfield had all the class.

The two feature races on offer were the Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill and the Group 2 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. Both were run over 1400m (seven furlongs) and were weight for age for horses three-year-old or better. That’s where the similarities end.