Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell has taken advantage of the extended Run To The Rose 2012 nominations opting to enter his untapped Commands colt Force Command for the Golden Rose lead-up at Warwick Farm Racecourse this Saturday.
On Monday just nine three-year-olds were nominated for the $125,000 Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m), however the addition of Force Command has taken the figure into double digits.
Force Command debuted at Caulfield on April 28 when running a brave fourth to Wales in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m), Saturday to be just their second career start should they accept.
The race is shaping up as a scintillating round two showdown between classy colts Pierro and All Too Hard, the first of which is undefeated and a triple Group 1 winner.
Gai Waterhouse’s son of Lonhro scored the autumn two-year-olds’ Triple Crown last season, including the famed Golden Slipper, and debuts for the spring on Saturday.
All Too Hard meanwhile will be looking to turn the tables on Pierro after losing bragging rights when the dynamic duo first met to finish one-two in the Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 14.
Nominated for multiple races this Saturday connections have confirmed that the son of Casino Prince, a half-brother to superstar Black Caviar, will contest The Run To The Rose 2012 on way to the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 15.
“He’ll run in Sydney on Saturday in the lead-up to the Golden Rose,” co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said today.
Due to wear either winkers or blinkers on Saturday, All Too Hard ran a first-up third behind Snitzerland in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill – a performance that didn’t have Hawkes worried.
“We weren’t disappointed with his run because his sectionals were outstanding,” Hawkes said.
“But if you miss the kick it’s all over, isn’t it?”
Pierro meanwhile is not expected to back up in the Golden Rose 2012, instead heading straight to Melbourne to prepare for the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate in October leaving All Too Hard as the short $2.50 favourite in the Golden Rose odds at bookmaker.com.au.
The Run To The Rose field is set to be bigger than first expected with the news that Anthony Cummings will accept for both of his entries with Your Song, who ran second in a convincing 1050m trial performance at Randwick on Tuesday, and Ninth Legion.
Originally Ninth Legion, fourth in the San Domenico, was to be saved for the $100,000 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at the track Saturday week but after a pleasing track gallop Cummings has decided the Run To The Rose is the best race for them pre-Golden Rose.
“Ninth Legion will run,” Cummings said.
“While the race next week is attractive for Ninth Legion, the reality is his best prospects in terms of giving him his best opportunity in the Golden Rose is by running on Saturday.”
The latest 2012 Run To The Rose nominations and ballot are detailed below with the final field due out on Wednesday.
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2012 The Run To The Rose Nominations & Ballot
Rosehill Gardens – 01/09/2012
|2||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||2||59kg|
|6||YOUR SONG||Anthony Cummings||7||57kg|
|7||FORCE COMMAND||Greg Eurell||10||56kg|
|9||NEDIYM’S QUEST||David Pfieffer||9||56kg|
|10||NINTH LEGION||Anthony Cummings||8||56kg|