Danny O’Brien’s Australian Guineas winning colt Shamus Award will look to complete a tough autumn three-year-olds’ double when they head to Sydney on Saturday for a shot at the Rosehill Guineas 2014 title.
One of three elite levels taking place at Rosehill Racecourse on the weekend, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) has drawn a bumper field of 17 talented three-year-olds.
Heading the field and barriers coming up with the inside alley is Snitzel colt Shamus Award, the reigning Cox Plate champion to be ridden by Craig Williams.
Williams has been aboard the well-performing youngster for all three of their runs this time in during the Melbourne Festival of Racing.
After making history as the first maiden to win the iconic weight-for-age Cox Plate last October, Shamus Award returned on February 8 to run a credible third to Moment Of Change in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).
From there they showed lovely improvement for a top one length win against their own age in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington before stepping up in distance when a somewhat disappointing sixth behind Fiorente in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
They are over the same distance again here but are up against their fellow three-year-olds again for their maiden interstate run.
It’s a super field they’ll face too, their most notable rival being Peter Moody’s flying Sebring colt Dissident.
Drawn nicely in gate seven with Jim Cassidy to ride, Dissident shoots for their third win on the trot after taking out the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) in a bob-of-the-head and then the big one, another narrow victory this time in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).
The Randwick Guineas has been the ideal lead-up to the Rosehill edition in recent years too with 12 of the past 26 winners coming via the earlier Sydney feature.
While Dissident is yet to race further than a mile they have had the ideal lead-up, and it bodes well that they come off a win as 50% of the Rosehill Guineas in the past 12 years won their last start.
Second and third placegetters from the Randwick Guineas have not been accepted for Saturday, however the fourth placed Teronado for Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill has.
The Testa Rossa gelding was fifth to Shamus Award in the Australian Guineas, defeated under two lengths, before running on well late at Randwick for their close fourth.
The Queenslander is tipped to appreciate the extra distance this weekend and has drawn gate three, a barrier that has produced three winners in the past 30 years.
Also coming from the Australian Guineas meanwhile are runner-up Criterion out wide on Saturday in gate 14 and the Anthony Cummings-trained third placed Thunder Fantasy (barrier six).
Sebring colt Criterion has plenty of staying experience already having finished second in last year’s Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney over 2000m before their good fourth in the Victoria Derby over the 2500m in November.
While they looked the goods with a second-up second in the Australian Guineas, they need to improve on their Randwick Guineas efforts when they couldn’t match them in the finish running eighth.
It is a similar story for Thunder Fantasy, the Lucky Owners colt having run good in the Guineas before a second last when fading fast in the Australian Cup on March 8.
Along with Dissident meanwhile there are two other last start winners in the Rosehill Guineas field this year with the John Sargent-trained Mr One Eleven (barrier four) and the exciting New Zealand-trained Puccini (barrier two).
Shaft gelding Mr One Eleven won at Hawkesbury on February 27 but face a massive step up in class here not having been tested in a black type, let alone a Group 1, before.
Puccini meanwhile makes their Aussie debut here, the Peter McKay-trained son of Encosta De Lago having won their past three on the trot back home in NZ.
Their latest effort was a Group 1 winning performance too when they took control of the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on March 1 to win by two lengths.
The other headliner in the Rosehill Guineas mix this year is then fellow New Zealander Atlante looking to go back-to-back for trainer Murray Baker after his success with superstar It’s A Dundeel 12 months ago.
Fastnet Rock colt Atlante took out the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas over the Riccarton Park mile last November before their second to Dissident in the Hobartville for their maiden run down under at the start of the month.
They struggled in the closing stages of the Randwick Guineas when sixth but were far from disgraced by their efforts which they should improve on here.
Baker has also accepted for his High Chaparral gelding Show The World who has the extreme outside barrier to overcome as well as a 12th (of 14 runners) in the Randwick Guineas to atone for.
See below for the full Rosehill Guineas 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2014 Rosehill Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 8 – 4:40pm (AEST) – 29/03/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x27231x316||SHAMUS AWARD||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||1||56.5kg||113|
|2||x22264x211||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||Jim Cassidy||7||56.5kg||107|
|3||x00224x428||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||Hugh Bowman||14||56.5kg||99|
|4||3351414111||PUCCINI (NZ)||Peter & Jacob McKay||Michael Walker||2||56.5kg||105|
|5||x312310x37||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||12||56.5kg||96|
|6||x11593x138||THUNDER FANTASY||Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||6||56.5kg||99|
|7||30111×26||ATLANTE||Murray Baker||Glyn Schofield||9||56.5kg||99|
|8||1151×763||SURGE AHEAD||Anthony Cummings||Brenton Avdulla||10||56.5kg||78|
|9||x4125x3554||TERONADO||Bruce W Hill||Craig Newitt||3||56.5kg||85|
|10||8x4444x585||HOOKED||John P Thompson||Blake Shinn||8||56.5kg||83|
|11||1136×17||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5||56.5kg||73|
|12||11659×395||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly||Christian Reith||11||56.5kg||73|
|13||2x21925x30||TUPAC AMARU||Peter Snowden||–||15||56.5kg||70|
|14||2419×12||CADILLAC MOUNTAIN||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||16||56.5kg||75|
|15||3121×0||SHOW THE WORLD (NZ)||Murray Baker||Nash Rawiller||17||56.5kg||76|
|16||836×014131||MR ONE ELEVEN||John Sargent||Jay Ford||4||56.5kg||69|
|17||9×14||EYRE SQUARE||Diane Poidevin-Laine||–||13||56.5kg||63|