A talented field of 14 three-year-olds have been nominated for an appearance at Rosehill Gardens this weekend to contest the Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m), highlighted by several notable competitors geared towards major Group 1 events through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
Charging home to win the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 7th, trainer Gai Waterhouse has nominated Almalad for a return to racing in the 2014 Run To The Rose.
Securing a so-far perfect career record of three wins from as many starts, Almalad comfortably won the Nuturf Plate Maiden (1000m) on debut in late December, and more than stamped his claims as a serious contender when jogging home to beat a talented field which included the likes of Sports Edition by nearly four lengths in the TAB Early Quaddie Plate (1200m) prior to his J.J. Atkins triumph.
Confirmed to head to the 2014 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 13th, Waterhouse is confident the Al Maher gelding is the class horse of The Run To The Rose nominations list and is expecting his perfect career start to carry on past Saturday.
Also included in nominations for the 2014 Run To The Rose is J.J. Atkins runner-up Brazen Beau.
Finishing worse than second just once over five starts so far, Brazen Beau performed well in two starts through autumn, however well and truly came into his own upon arriving in Brisbane for the Winter Racing Carnival; winning the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) and finishing second in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) prior to the J.J. Atkins.
Also nominated for the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield this weekend, trainer Chris Waller, who has also nominated both Law and Sniper Fire for the Run To The Rose, will allow Wednesday’s final fields and barrier draws to dictate at path for Brazen Beau this weekend.
Beginning his racing career under the guidance of trainer Gai Waterhouse, Law will be contesting just his second starts since arriving in the care of Waller this weekend but appears to have returned to the track in excellent form, having finished third in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) on August 16th.
Without doubt the unknown force leading into the 2014 Run To The Rose, Sniper Fire has claimed an impressive total of two wins and two places from four starts, however faces his biggest task date this weekend in what will be his maiden black type appearance.
Godolphin are also set to launch a three-pronged attack on the Group 3 Run To The Rose, having nominated exciting stable mates Ghibellines, Kumaon and Sarajevo.
An excellent chance of first-up success this weekend, Ghibellines steadily built to the task over the 2014 autumn season; finishing third in the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) first-up and continuing to build in form and class on his way to an exceptional victory in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) most notably.
Also performing well over autumn, Kumaon finished second in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) first-up, and while unable to handle the late pace when sixth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 12th, returned to notable form when running on for third in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) on April 26th.
Winning his only race start in autumn, Sarajevo overcame poor running position and an early check to finish a credible fourth in the Listed Rosebud (1200m) first-up on August 9th, and will be a legitimate threat particularly if allocated a favourable barrier.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 The Run To The Rose is due to be released on Wednesday morning.
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2014 The Run To The Rose Nominations
|2||BRAZEN BEAU||Chris Waller||86|
|3||BURNING PASSION||Anthony Cummings||69|
|5||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||82|
|9||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|11||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||–|
|12||SNIPER FIRE||Chris Waller||73|
|13||WASHINGTON HEIGHTS||Gerald Ryan||–|