Peter Moody’s in-form colt Dissident will shoot for a three-year-olds’ autumn classic double this weekend in Sydney, the Randwick Guineas champ heading the Rosehill Guineas 2014 nominations.
A total of 20 three-year-olds make up the nominations for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), one of three Group 1 features on the Rosehill Gardens card on Saturday.
One of the top nominees is Sebring colt Dissident who is after their third on the trot this time in.
Second-up they enjoyed a Hobartville Stakes win over Atlante before stepping up to elite company to take out the Randwick Guineas over the mile on March 15.
They return on Saturday looking to become the fourth horse since 2000 to complete the Randwick – Rosehill Guineas double joining: It’s A Dundeel (2013), Metal Bender (2009) and Eremein (2005).
In the past 26 years, a total of 12 Rosehill Guineas winners have come via the Randwick edition making it the best form line to follow.
The other major players in this year’s Randwick Guineas nominated for Saturday include third placed Eurozone and fourth placegetter Teronado.
The James & Bart Cummings-trained Eurozone has been thereabouts all season starting with their first-up second to Moment Of Change in the CF Orr Stakes.
From there they were fourth behind Shamus Award in the Australian Guineas at Flemington before travelling to Sydney for their Randwick Guineas third which they’re tipped to improve on here.
Teronado meanwhile has come via a similar path running in the Australian Guineas to finish fifth before their Randwick Guineas fourth, the Bruce Hill-trained Gold Coast galloper looking like they’ll appreciate the 2000m on the weekend.
Also coming via the Randwick Guineas are then the John Thompson-trained Hooked (5th), to Fastnet Rock colt Atlante (6th), Moonee Valley Vase winner Savvy Nature (7th), Australian Guineas runner-up Criterion (8th) who ran fourth in the Victoria Derby last year, local up-and-comer Koroibete (10th), the Peter Snowden-trained Tupac Amaru (11th) and Show The World (12th).
Last year the Rosehill Guineas was won by Murray Baker’s Kiwi raider It’s A Dundeel on the back of their Randwick Guineas triumph.
This year along with his Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas winning colt Atlante and their talented stable mate Show The World, the Kiwi’s will be represented by the flying Peter & Jacob McKay-trained Puccini.
A son of Encosta De Lago, Puccini has won their past three on the trot back home over 2000 – 2400m.
Their latest effort was a New Zealand Derby victory at the start of the month, how the highly-rated Kiwi flyer handles the drop back in distance here key to their chances.
The other headliner in the mix is Danny O’Brien’s Australian Guineas champ Shamus Award, winner of the Cox Plate over this distance during the spring.
The Snitzel colt makes their highly anticipated Sydney debut here on the back of a sixth to Fiorente in the Australian Cup over the 2000m at Flemington on March 8.
“The only one he ran against his own age was the Australian Guineas,” O’Brien told AAP this week.
“He’s used to racing against the harder, tough weight-for-age horses. So back to three-year-olds should be a nice relief for him.
“He’s come out of the Australian Cup really well and he seems to be in great order.
“He had a gallop at Moonee Valley on Saturday morning and worked super.
“I don’t think the change in direction will be an issue.”
O’Brien is happy with the lead-up work of his runner and rates the ace Kiwi Puccini as the biggest danger.
“I think the horse that looks the most promising is Puccini from New Zealand,” he said.
“He’s been very dominant over there and the best New Zealand three-year-old is usually a pretty good horse.”
The other New Zealand-trained Rosehill Guineas winner in recent times was hot favourite Jimmy Choux in 2011.
Other notable hopes then include Moody’s Alister Clark Stakes runner-up Cadillac Mountain, and the John Sargent-trained duo of Mountain View and Mr One Eleven.
The Rosehill Guineas 2014 final field of acceptors is due out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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2014 Rosehill Guineas Nominations
Rosehill Gardens – 29/03/2014
|2||CADILLAC MOUNTAIN||Peter G Moody||75|
|3||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||99|
|4||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||107|
|5||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||100|
|6||EYRE SQUARE||Diane Poidevin-Laine||63|
|7||HOOKED||John P Thompson||83|
|9||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly||73|
|10||MOUNTAIN VIEW (NZ)||John Sargent||68|
|11||MR ONE ELEVEN||John Sargent||69|
|12||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||73|
|13||PUCCINI (NZ)||Peter & Jacob McKay||105|
|14||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||John O’Shea||96|
|15||SHAMUS AWARD||Danny O’Brien||113|
|16||SHOW THE WORLD (NZ)||Murray Baker||76|
|17||SURGE AHEAD||Anthony Cummings||78|
|18||TERONADO||Bruce W Hill||85|
|19||THUNDER FANTASY||Anthony Cummings||99|
|20||TUPAC AMARU||Peter Snowden||70|