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Despite the dominant first-up win by the Nathan Tinkler-owned filly Pane In The Glass last Saturday, the Patinack operation are tipping stablemate Boys On Tour as the best bet for the 2011 Golden Rose next month.
The John Thompson-trained Pane In The Glass showed she had come on well after her strong juvenile campaign that culminated with a second to Helmet in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes in April when she resumed at Warwick Farm last Saturday to win the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).
As such, bookmakers around Australia slashed their price on the well-performing daughter of Testa Rossa to win the opening Group One race of the spring, the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 10.
In the Golden Rose 2011 odds at Luxbet, Pane In The Glass is now rated a $15 chance to upset race favourite Smart Missile ($4).
Her connections, however, believe it is the fellow Thompson-trained Boys On Tour giving them the best chance in this year’s highly-spruiked Golden Rose showdown as Pane In The Glass will target the fillies-only races this prep.
“We won’t run her in the Golden Rose,” Thompson said.
“She will be kept to the Princess Series of races through to the Flight Stakes (Randwick, October 1).”
This leaves Boys On Tour who is currently paying $35 to become the Golden Rose winner through Luxbet, the General Nediym gelding to get his chance this Saturday to rise up those markets.
“Boys On Tour has always been our number one pick for the Golden Rose,” Robyn Hartney, Patinack’s racing manager, said.
Boys On Tour produced a two-year-old campaign of mixed results.
On paper many of their finishes seemed off the mark, but they were never too far from the top of the crop.
For example, they finished 10th of 11 runners in the Group 1 AJC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 9, however they were beaten only three and a half lengths by the winner Helmet and were blocked for a run throughout.
“His first preparation was pretty arduous and we thought he did a fantastic job,” Hartney said.
Boys On Tour resumed racing on August 13 finishing a credible fifth behind fellow Golden Rose-bound Foxwedge in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.
This Saturday they return to the Gardens for the $125,000 Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) where they get another chance to improve their Golden Rose claims against the race favourites.
It is a tough field Boys On Tour faces this weekend, the top three Golden Rose betting favourites all nominated for the sprint.
Peter Snowden’s dual elite level winner Helmet, Sepoy’s sole conqueror to date Smart Missile and Foxwedge will dominate the Run To The Rose odds, but connections believes Boys On Tour will be competitive and shouldn’t be discounted.
“Everyone at Randwick is saying he has improved a lot and how much more mentally switched on he is this preparation,” Hartney said with confidence.
“All the signs are there that he is going to be competitive on Saturday.”
The jockey aboard Boys On Tour for the San Domenico, Christian Reith, will again partner with the promising three-year-old this Saturday after asking to retain the ride.
“Christian actually ran and asked if he could keep the ride on him because he was that impressed with the way he raced,” Hartney said.
The Run To The Rose final field and barriers will be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au.
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