Lightly-raced colt Pronto Pronto has emerged as the latest youngster to target the 2012 Golden Rose (1400m) after impressing during a barrier trial at Cranbourne yesterday.
A son of Snitzel, the Jason Warren-trained horse has had just three career starts, last stepping out when runner-up to star colt All Too Hard in the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes.
The rising three-year-old debuted with a respectable fourth-place effort in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes before winning his next outing in the Schweppes Handicap at Sandown-Lakeside.
Warren was pleased with the trial performance which Pronto Pronto won in tough conditions.
“The track was very heavy for the trial and he handled himself well,” Warren said.
The promising sprinter will now head to Golden Rose lead-up, the Rosebud, on August 11 and if all goes well he will line up in the first Group 1 event of the 2012-2013 season.
“He will go to Sydney for the Rosebud on Saturday week to see how he goes in the reverse direction,” Warren said.
“All going well I will bring him home for a race at Caulfield and then back to Sydney for the Golden Rose third-up.”
Lining up against Pronto Pronto in the Rosebud will be a number of Golden Rose hopefuls including Tim Martin-trained Red Dynamite who debuted with a dominant four-length win at Goulburn on Friday.
The son of Red Ransom will also head to the Run To The Rose on September 1 which stands as the final lead-up to the $1 million three-year-old sprint.
Also set to line up in the Rosebud with Golden Rose aspirations is Anthony Cummings filly She’s A Fox who won by four lengths at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
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