Trainer Murray Baker is confident that Show The World will relish the step-up to 2000 metres when he contests the 2014 Rosehill Guineas at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
Show The World missed the start when making his debut in the Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 15 and never played a part in the race; battling home fairly to finish 12th behind Dissident.
Baker told Racing Ahead this morning that he was satisfied with the effort of Show The World in the Royal Randwick Guineas, but believes that the son of High Chaparral will produced an improve performance when he gets a chance over a staying trip in the Rosehill Guineas this weekend after impressing in trackwork in the lead-up to the race.
“He missed the jump completely and he was more than less out of it then,” Baker said.
“He hadn’t raced for three months, so we were happy with the run, but he is certainly a horse that is looking for 2000.
“He has been excellent and we think that he is fit enough.
“Obviously if it is a very wet track it will be a testing race second-up.”
Baker revealed today that talented colt Atlante would be withdrawn from the Rosehill Guineas field ifthe track was in the heavy range on Saturday, but is hopeful that Show The World will handle the soft going that is expected to be present at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
“We think that he might; he hasn’t been tested on a wet track but he does give that impression,” Baker said.
“We will leave them up to the jockey, but obviously he will go back a bit.
“If it is a wet track it will probably be a different pattern in the racing.”
The Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) is the major 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival target for Show The World and Baker is hopeful that a run in the Rosehill Guineas will bring the three-year-old up to peak fitness, but said that he would run the gelding in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5 if he believes the promising stayer needs another run under his belt.
Show The World is currently available at 2014 Rosehill Guineas odds of $41; with Puccini ($4.80) currently a narrow favourite from Dissident ($5.50) and Shamus Award ($6.50) in the open betting race.
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