A talented field of 12 three-year-olds have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, highlighted by several exciting prospects for the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
The only previous champion at the highest level of Australian racing nominated for the 2014 The Run To The Rose, trainer Gai Waterhouse has confirmed Almalad in this final field.
Yet to taste anything but success over three race starts so far, Almalad overcame poor running position to win the Nuturf Plate Maiden (1000m) on debut in December, and more than stamped his claims as one to watch when overcoming a talented field to win the TAB Early Quaddie Plate (1200m) by close to four lengths first-up on May 24th.
Warranting a position in the final field of the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 7th, the Al Maher gelding did not disappointing in displaying a keen turn of foot to finish half a length in the clear of fellow Run To The Rose acceptor Brazen Beau.
Allocated the central barrier 5, Waterhouse is confident in-form hoop Tommy Berry will once again get the best from Almalad this weekend.
Likely to receive the run of the race from the ideal barrier 3, trainer Chris Waller has confirmed Brazen Beau in the final field for the 2014 The Run To The Rose.
Performing well over two starts through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Brazen Beau more than came into his own upon arriving in Brisbane for the Winter Racing Carnival; winning the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) before finishing second in both the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) and J.J. Atkins.
Confirmed to be partnered by jockey Hugh Bowman, Waller is confident of a polished first-up performance from the I Am Invincible colt this weekend.
Waller is set to launch a three-pronged attack on the 2014 Run To The Rose, having also accepted positions in the final field for talented pair Law and Sniper Fire.
Beginning his career under the guidance of Waterhouse, Law won the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on debut in October, returning to racing this year for a strong victory in the Adaptra Handicap (1000m) before finishing fourth in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) on March 1st.
While failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th, the Denman colt has seemingly returning to the track in good order this time in; finishing third in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) first-up on August 16th.
Without doubt the unknown quantity of Waller’s attack on The Run To The Rose, Sniper Fire it yet to finish outside the places over four starts, winning his last two.
Allocated the reasonably wide and awkward barrier 9, the High Chaparral gelding faces a huge task this weekend in what will be his maiden appearance in black type company.
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2014 The Run To The Rose Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x11x||ALMALAD||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5||60kg||90|
|2||15x122x||BRAZEN BEAU||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||59kg||86|
|3||4x3518x||GHIBELLINES||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||8||59kg||84|
|4||147×1||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||2||58kg||84|
|5||11x||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||Joshua Parr||7||58kg||82|
|6||1x140x3||LAW||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||1||57kg||80|
|7||25x716224x||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||Timothy Bell||6||56kg||82|
|8||13x263x||KUMAON||John O’Shea||Sam Clipperton||4||56kg||81|
|9||1126349x||MODOC||Paul Perry||Jeff Lloyd||11||56kg||74|
|10||2311x||SNIPER FIRE||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||9||56kg||73|
|11||1×4||SARAJEVO||John O’Shea||James McDonald||12||56kg||67|
|12||1222×6||YGRITTE||Gerald Ryan||Tim Clark||10||54kg||76|