Confirming the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 13th as the initial target for rising three-year-olds Jabali and Cornrow during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Mick Price is pleased with the building form of the classy stable mates following their first hit-out at Caulfield on Tuesday morning.
Each performing well over the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival without breaking through for a race victory, both Jabali and Cornrow secured places at Group 1 level; the former second to Earthquake in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and the latter third in both the Blue Diamond and Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Outlining the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 16th as the likely first-point of call for the pair, Price told TVN Jabali is already reaching peak condition ahead of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, while Cornrow has taken a little longer to return to racing form.
“The plan at this point is to resume in the Vain Stakes before running in the McNeil a fortnight later,” Price said.
“After that the aim would be to head up to Sydney for the Golden Rose before the Caulfield Guineas.
“Yes the Golden Rose is worth $1 million but it is also fast becoming a race that can be quite valuable for colts looking to secure a future as a stallion.
“Jabali is more of an athletic type and his trial was better, he won going away.
“Cornrow had a big blow after his jump-out, he has come back the grosser of the two colts, he has put on a fair bit of weight and as a result is a little behind.”
Claiming three places over five competitive starts to date, Jabali more than stamped his claims as one to watch over major three-year-old events in spring when sprinting well in all of the Listed Maribynong Trial Stakes (100m), Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) and Blue Diamond Stakes most notably.
Disappointing when unable to make the most of a favourable barrier and good condition leading into the featured Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in April, Cornrow was arguably one of the most consistent two-year-olds of the autumn racing calendar, claiming five places from a total of seven starts.
Winning Tuesday morning’s barrier trial with relative ease, Jabali is currently available at generous odds of $26 for success in the 2014 Golden Rose Stakes, while Cornrow can be taken at a quote of $41 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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