Promising young Brisbane galloper Whiskey Allround is back in Sydney this weekend for their first run of the new season, the Tony Gollan-trained three-year-old looking to secure a 2013 Golden Rose assignment.
The All Bar One three-year-old has been super consistent to date winning three of their five career starts.
Their opening three were all in Queensland including their blistering eight and a half length win on debut at Toowoomba last September.
Whiskey Allround was then sent on an interstate campaign to Sydney during the autumn carnival.
Running at Rosehill for the first time they resumed off a four month spell to finish a very close second to the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) in the mud in early March.
Their latest run wasn’t quite as impressive however as they stepped up to the 1200m for the first time in the Group 2 Todman Stakes back at Rosehill Gardens three weeks later finishing five lengths away eighth to Criterion.
Since then Whiskey Allround has had two solid trials.
The first was a winning effort at Eagle Farm by two lengths in July before their Doomben second on August 6, ridden both times by Michael Cahill.
Top Queensland hoop Cahill will make one of his scarce Sydney trips on Saturday to continue his association with the horse too.
On Saturday they kick start an ambitious spring campaign when they return to Rosehill for a shot at the $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
It will be a testing first-up run too with possible rivals including the Peter Snowden-trained Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep, but Gollan isn’t shying away from the challenge.
“He is nice and fit and forward enough to be competitive in what is a very good field,” he told AAP.
“Michael Cahill has ridden him in both his trials and likes what he sees early on so he is coming to Sydney to ride him.
“He decided to stay at home on Saturday rather than go to Melbourne with Temple Of Boom so that is a vote of confidence in Whiskey Allround.”
Their San Domenico effort will help Gollan decide what level they are capable of going to this time in.
The horse is in the mix for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 14.
However a trip to Melbourne also hasn’t been ruled out.
If Whiskey Allround proves they are more of a sprint-only type then Gollan will focus his attention on getting them to the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, November 2, during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“He’s entered for the Golden Rose but we will take it one race at a time,” Gollan said.
“If it looks as if the 1400 metres might be too far then we can aim him at the Coolmore Stud Stakes in Melbourne.
“There are a lot of options for three-year-olds at this time of year.”
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