John O’Shea’s promising young colt Sarajevo is one of headliners nominated for The Rosebud 2014 at Royal Randwick in Sydney this Saturday.
A son of Lonhro, Sarajevo is set to make their three-year-old debut on the weekend when they return to racing in the $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m).
The race is a major lead-up to one of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival’s opening elite level features, the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) to run at Rosehill Gardens on September 13.
Early The Rosebud nominations attracted 11 hopefuls with Sarajevo the shortest priced of those in the futures Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Golden Rose betting is led by the two fillies that ran the quinella in the $3 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in the autumn with runner-up Earthquake ($6) and the winner Mossfun ($7.50) the early picks.
Sarajevo meanwhile is also paying single figures at $9, equal with Gai Waterhouse’s JJ Atkins winner Almalad.
They’ve had just the one run to date when winning a colts-and-geldings’ handicap on debut over 1100m at Randwick’s Kensington track on April 21.
The Goldolphin-owned galloper has had two trials since, the most recent being a win at Randwick over 840m on August 1.
The next best fancied in futures Golden Rose betting among The Rosebud nominees is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Nayeli ($17).
The More Than Ready filly has won two of her three career starts to date most notably the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield back in February.
She was last seen failing in her acid test though when beating home just one other runner to finish 15th behind Earthquake in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at the same track three weeks later.
Back in Sydney, where she won on debut in early January, Nayeli should be ready to fly first-up following back-to-back Randwick trial wins including a 1050m effort over Valentia on July 18.
Waterhouse has also nominated for Echo Prince, the undefeated Casino Prince colt having won on debut at Hawkesbury defeating Nip Of Time in late July.
A $26 chance for the Golden Rose Stakes, the David Payne-trained Bold Circle is another topline The Rosebud hope for the weekend.
The Bernardini colt returns off a lengthy spell not having raced since an 1100m win at Rosehill over Sheer Style back in October.
That was their second up run after a third on debut in the Listed NSW Breeders Plate (1000m) but how they’ve come through the spell is yet to be known as they’ve not trialed since last year.
Peter & Paul Snowden also have the chance to accept for another last start winner with the promising Inkling.
Duporth colt Inkling boasts two wins from three runs this year, most recently winning over 1150m on the Kensington track on July 26.
Team Snowden are keen for Inkling to run in Sydney’s Golden Rose but if they need a break after Saturday they could be freshened up and bypass the event, returning later for a shot at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival riches.
Other notable The Rosebud entries include the Peter Moody-trained Better Land whose one run produced a win at Sale in early April, recent Canterbury winner Scissor Kick for Paul Messara and three from the Chris Waller stables including Harrier Jet.
See below for the current The Rosebud 2014 nominations, the final field out on Wednesday.
Then head over to our No. 1 recommended bookie Ladbrokes.com.au to check out their generous futures markets on the Golden Rose ahead of September!
2014 The Rosebud Nominations
Royal Randwick – 09/08/2014
|1||BETTER LAND||Peter G Moody||62|
|2||BOLD CIRCLE||David Payne||–|
|3||ECHO PRINCE||Gai Waterhouse||62|
|4||HARRIER JET||Chris Waller||67|
|5||HERO I AM||Chris Waller||–|
|6||INKLING||Peter & Paul Snowden||–|
|7||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|11||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||67|