Warwick Farm trainer Jim Austin will speak to connections and discuss a late entry into the Golden Rose 2012 for his promising young galloper Urquidez should they win their next assignment in Saturday’s The Rosebud at Warwick Farm.
Original entries for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), the new season’s opening elite level to run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday September 15, were taken in June and cost $2,500 to nominate followed by a $500 first acceptance fee taken in July.
Late Golden Rose Stakes entries remain open until Monday September 10 but will attract a hefty late entry fee of $50,000, which does include the $7,000 final acceptance fee.
It is a big price to pay unless you are confident of a top three finish, and it will be a long way for the lightly-raced Street Sense colt Urquidez to rise in a short time.
Urquidez debuted at Rosehill back on February 11 but failed on the Slow (7) track to finish dead last, beaten 15 lengths by Gai Waterhouse’s Red Dazzler filly Kuchinskaya in a 2YO’s handicap over 1100m.
Given a five and a half month break after their failed debut to mature and improve the untapped youngster returned at Warwick Farm on July 28 when Nathan Berry guided them to an eye-catching two and a half length victory over Destiney Rising in the Nissan Micra Sprint (1100m).
They will make their three-year-old debut on Saturday in the $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m) which attracted just six acceptors this year including Anthony Cummings’ classy young filly She’s A Fox.
While She’s A Fox, a last start winner at the track, is a $15 fancy in the futures Golden Rose odds at bookmaker.com.au, Urquidez hasn’t even been nominated for the million dollar classic.
Should they score an upset The Rosebud win on Saturday from barrier three with Blake Shinn in the saddle however Austin will give serious consideration to a late Golden Rose bid.
“He’s progressed really well since the last run,” Austin said.
“He’s not nominated for the Golden Rose.
“(But) if he won and won well, I guess it’d be up to Denise (McGrath) and the other owners as to whether they’d pay the late entry.”
Austin admits that even he was surprised by the ease in which Urquidez won first-up this time in, saying that before that run they were only going to be given a modest spring preparation.
“We were originally just looking at a couple of runs and then looking to bring him back for the autumn but with three-year-olds they can often just keep improving,” Austin said.
“We’ll see how he goes this weekend before deciding the rest of his plans for the spring.”
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