The list of hopeful three-year-olds heading towards a start in the opening Group 1 race of the season at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday has been reduced to 10 with Smart Missile to start the short-priced favourite in the 2011 Golden Rose.
Anthony Cummings’ unbeaten Fastnet Rock colt Smart Missile headlines the 10 remaining nominees for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) after resuming with a blistering first-up victory over fellow Rose rivals Foxwedge and Helmet in the Run To The Rose (1200m) on August 27.
Smart Missile has won all three of his starts to date, including their infamous victory over subsequent Golden Slipper winner Sepoy back in March, but must rise when stepping up to the 1400 metres for the first time in the Golden Rose this weekend.
“It will be interesting to see,” Cummings said of seeing Smart Missile run second-up for the first time of their career.
“It’s a little bit of a question mark the 1400 metres, it’s his first test at that but I’m pretty happy with how he has come out of his first-up run.”
Glen Boss has been confirmed as the jockey for Smart Missile on Saturday after being blown away by the power of their resuming run and win.
Following Smart Missile in the Golden Rose odds, which will be updated at Luxbet shortly, is Peter Snowden’s dual Group 1 winner Helmet.
Exceed And Excel colt Helmet is expected to improve with the increased distance of the Golden Rose after their third upon resuming, 1400 metres being the distance they won the Group 1 AJC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) over at Randwick on April 9 before their second elite level success in the Champagne Stakes over the mile as a juvenile last season.
The four other main challengers to Smart Missile, if accepted for the 2011 Golden Rose final field on Wednesday, are:
- Manawanui – Ron Leemon’s improving Oratorio gelding defeated a crack field by an easy four and a half lengths in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm on August 20 pushing connections to pay the $50,000 late entry to get them into the Golden Rose, Glyn Schofield to ride
- Aeronautical – Lionel Cohen’s locally trained Encosta De Lago gelding looked impressive back on August 6 when taking out the listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick by three and a half lengths, hasn’t seen Rosehill, the 1400 metres or been in a race since but is well-liked in the Golden Rose betting, Nathan Berry to ride
- Foxwedge – John O’Shea-trained colt won the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) first-up on August 13 before their close Run To The Rose second last start, has been defeated by many in the field but has also defeated many as well, James McDonald to ride
- Anise – Group 3 winning filly prepared by Snowden, resumed with an eye-catching second in the San Domenico but was well-beaten when fifth to Streama against her own sex last Saturday in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m), will have improved with a debut run at 1400 metres
Outside chances that are still in contention for the Golden Rose win at this stage are the Scott Aspery-trained Flight Of Pegasus, Anthony Cumming’s Encosta De Lago filly Houston Benefactor, improving gelding prepared by John McArdle Delago’s Lad and the least favoured of the nominees Ain’t She Grand, the third Golden Rose entry from Anthony Cummings.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the latest Golden Rose 2011 field and betting updates, acceptances to be published here on Wednesday.
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2011 Golden Rose Entries
|2||AIN’T SHE GRAND||Anthony Cummings||–|
|4||DELAGO’S LAD||John McArdle||–|
|5||FLIGHT OF PEGASUS||Scott Aspery||72|
|8||HOUSTON BENEFACTOR||Anthony Cummings||70|
|10||SMART MISSILE||Anthony Cummings||103|