Just eleven runners remain in the final field for this weekend’s Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens after trainer John O’Shea elected to remove leading contender Ghibellines from the final field, offering punter exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having broken through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australia racing during the 2014 Winter Carnival, Almalad has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in the 2014 Run To The Rose, currently available at odds of $3.80, ahead of Nostradamus ($5), Brazen Beau ($6) and Sarajevo ($6.50) at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Almalad continue his perfect run of form through the 2014 The Run To The Rose, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Having returned in racing in exceptional form this season and having been allocated the ideal barrier 2, all signs seem to point towards another strong performance from Nostradamus in the 2014 Run To The Rose. Debuting with a strong win in the Nursery Plate Open (1100m) on January 18th, the Medaglia D’Oro placed a credible fourth in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) on February 8th before securing a mid-pack finish in the featured Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd. Jogging home to win the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) first-up this time on August 16th, Nostradamus has been confirmed to be partnered by jockey Brenton Avdulla and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds.
Hallowed Crown ($7.50)
Yet to be defeated over two race starts, Hallowed Crown has been confirmed to resume in this weekend’s The Run To The Rose and arguably offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed. Steadily building in form over a range of impressive barrier trials prior to his racing debut, the Street Sense gelding charged home to win the TAB Early Quaddie Plate Maiden (1150m) on March 26th before repeating the dose in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) last time out on April 12th. Allocated the reasonably central barrier 7, Hallowed Crown has been confirmed to progress to the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 13th and is an excellent chance of success with jockey Jason Parr taking the ride for the first time.
Securing an impressive victory in a minor event over 1000m on debut in December, trainer Gai Waterhouse elected to keep Almalad in the paddock during the 2014 Autumn season; a choice which immediately paid dividends when the Al Maher gelding strolled home to win his first-up start in May before completing an impressive run to win the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7th. Allocated barrier 5, Almalad has been charged with carrying a race-high 60kgs in The Run To The Rose and may find the heavy-going difficult first-up.
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