Can Cluster Break Maiden Status with 2013 Golden Rose Win?

They may not have been first over the line as yet but are one of just three single-figure fancies for their big assignment on the weekend, so can the Anthony Cummings-trained improver Cluster win their first race in the Golden Rose 2013.

Anthony Cummings

Anthony Cummings saddles up two Golden Rose 2013 chances including third favourite Cluster. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Running as Rosehill Gardens as Race 7 on Saturday, the $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) features a top class field of 17 three-year-olds.

Only three of those are under $10 in the current Golden Rose odds including Cummings’ nicely-bred Fastnet Rock colt Cluster at $8.50.

They trail only the Tony Vasil-trained Prince Harada ($4.60) with the rails run from barrier one and their last start conqueror Fast ‘N’ Rocking ($5.50) who won the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) with a big finish at Caulfield two weeks ago.

There’s plenty of hype on young Cluster who was in doubt of making the final field for the Rose having only amassed $27,950 in prize money to date.

With fewer than expected acceptors however they snuck into the line-up and are now well fancied to steal the show after coming up trumps with barrier seven and James McDonald to ride.

They’ve had three runs to date but are yet to taste success.

After a sixth on debut behind fellow Golden Rose hopeful, the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar on debut at Canterbury in April, Cluster resumed four months later and finished a nice first-up second behind Va Pensiero in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).

Their next race was won by the same horse and this time Cluster was two lengths away fifth in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m), the preferred lead-up race for many of their Saturday rivals.

While Va Pensiero isn’t backing up, Cluster does have to face on Saturday Run To The Roe runner-up Dissident and the third placed Marseille Roulette who pay $13 and $51 respectively in the markets for the weekend.

So can Cluster score an upset Golden Rose win? Or will they remain a maiden come Saturday afternoon?

#16 Cluster – Horse Form

  • Barrier: 7
  • Jockey: James McDonald
  • Trainer: Anthony Cummings
  • Owners: Mr P G Moran, Mrs W E Moran
  • Age: 3YO
  • Gender: Colt
  • Breeding: by Fastnet Rock from Tarcoola Diamond
  • Career: 3-0-1-0
  • Win: 0%
  • Place: 33.33%
  • Last 6: 6×25
  • Prize Money: $27,950
  • Track: 2-0-1-0
  • Distance: 0-0-0-0
  • Current 2013 Golden Rose Odds: $8.50

Pros for Backing Cluster in Golden Rose Betting 2013

  • Plenty of options from barrier 7, with inside alleys producing all but two of the past Golden Rose winners
  • Rosehill should suit as they’ve had two runs here including their San Domenico second
  • Run To The Rose has been a decent guide in the past having produced last year’s winner Epaulette (3rd) and their close fifth was better than it looked on paper
  • Came from last on the turn to storm home in that race and so the extra distance going up to 1400m on Saturday could see them finish closer
  • Their trainer Anthony Cummings is one of only two previous Golden Rose winning horsemen to be represented in this year’s race along with Peter Snowden; Cummings won with Duporth in 2008

Cons against Cluster Winning the 2013 Golden Rose Trophy

  • New jockey James McDonald takes the ride after Peter Robl jumped off them in favour of stablemate #10 Drago ($11) – could be a bad omen
  • Has had just three runs so far making them one of the least experienced in the field
  • Only maiden lining up here and so has the worst Win Rate of the field with 0%
  • Their place rate is also relatively low with 33.33% making them a risky bet statistic wise
  • Yet to race over the distance

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