Confirmed to target the featured Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 13th, Team Hawkes have confirmed talented last start winner Nostradamus will line up to contest this weekend’s Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Jumping from the gates only fairly in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) on August 16th, Nostradamus was forced to settle relatively wide and off the pace, however found a clear line upon reaching the final straight to charge home and find the line a length in the clear of Gerald Ryan-trained Washington Heights.
Also included in nominations for the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, co-trainer Michael Hawkes told TVN the team was understandably pleased with Nostradamus’s first-up result, and are hoping for nothing more than a good barrier for this weekend’s Run To The Rose.
“He won very well and did everything right,” Hawkes said.
“There is lots of improvement in him, we feel.
“He’s done very, very well, he looks good in the coat and we can’t fault him.
“We just want to draw a good barrier.”
Securing a commendable record of two wins from just four competitive race starts so far, Nostradamus charged home to win the Nursery Plate Maiden (1100m) with ease on debut on January 18th; finishing fourth in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) and a credible seventh in the featured Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd before returning to the spelling paddock.
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Nominated alongside a less-than capacity field of 14 for this weekend’s Rosehill feature, Nostradamus will be confirmed in the final field and allocated a barrier for the 2014 The Run To The Rose on Wednesday morning.
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