Sydney’s feature race of the spring, the $1 million Group One Golden Rose is almost upon us, and what better way to gauge horse form in the countdown than watching the lead up race, the $125,000 Group Three The Run To The Rose (1300m).
The 2010 The Run To The Rose saw pre-race favourite Squamosa deliver to punters who backed it after defeating a classy 12-horse field of three-year-olds on Saturday.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained colt secured his maiden Group victory, which doubled as the same achievement for Blake Spriggs in the saddle.
The apprentice jockey was particularly impressive, leading the undefeated three-year-old to the front of the field off the jump and guiding him perfectly over the course of the race.
As the field levelled the Not A Single Doubt colt saw competition from Testarhythm, but Spriggs kept his cool and opted to wait to the 300 metre mark before making his move. The jockeys mount responded beautifully to power home and claim the win by over a length.
David Payne’s entrant Masquerader made a late surge for the victory, but lost his unbeaten record by falling into second place. Payne believes his colt would have claimed victory had it not been for an unfortunate incident on the 300 metre line.
Jockey Glyn Schofield lost his inside rein and so Payne is looking forward to the rematch come August 28 when the two will battle it out in the $1 million Group One Golden Rose (1400m).
Masquerader is the early market favourite for the win at $4.40 while Squamosa is at $5.50, so make sure to take advantage of these more lucrative odds.
Darren Smith’s Testarhythm finished in third spot with a strong run, while Peter Snowden’s Classics finished fourth.
If you are looking to follow any of the runners’ spring racing campaigns make sure you head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best early market odds and offers.
2010 The Run To The Rose Results
|Gai Waterhouse||Blake Spriggs|
|David Payne||Glyn Schoffield|
|Darren Smith||Jim Cassidy|
|Peter Snowden||Blake Shinn|
|David Payne||Tommy Berry|
Run For Levi
|John P Thompson||Peter Robl|
|John P Thompson||Brenton Avdulla|
|Tim Martin||Tye Angland|
Circle Of Power
|Rod Craig||Nathan Berry|
|Anthony Cummings||Daniel Ganderton|
|Anthony Cummings||Tim Clark|
|Bart Cummings||Hugh Bowman|
|John P Thompson||–|