This Saturday at Randwick a field of Golden Rose-bound three-year-olds will face off in The Rosebud 2014 including the in-form Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Inkling.
Running as Race 5 on Missile Stakes Day at 2:55pm, this year’s $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m) features a final line-up of eight hopefuls.
Of those all have enjoyed a previous win and six are last start winners including Duporth colt Inkling.
After a six length win on debut at Warwick Farm on June 18 connections starting talking about the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13.
Aware that it is still a way off, Team Snowden however could bypass the Golden Rose with the two time winner in favour of a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival comeback later in the season.
Last time out Inkling was seen adding to their winning tally when atoning for a third at Rosehill over 1200m on July 5 to beat home Sheer Style at Randwick’s Kensington track three weeks later.
On Saturday they get the chance to make it a hat trick of wins when Joshua Parr rides them from a wide barrier seven draw.
Futures Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au currently have Inkling rated a $34 chance.
The shortest priced of The Rosebud acceptors in those all-in markets meanwhile is Sarajevo who occupies the fourth line of futures Golden Rose betting at a quote of $10.
Markets are led by Godolphin’s Blue Diamond Stakes winning filly Earthquake ($6.50), a stablemate of the promising Sarajevo.
John O’Shea’s Lonhro colt is engaged to jump from a nice barrier three draw on the weekend with Sydney’s premiership title holder James McDonald to ride.
Sarajevo has had just the one start to date when winning a 2YO colts-and-geldings’ maiden over 1100m on April 21 but come off a winning Randwick trial from last week where they defeated some quality competition including Role Model and Villa Verde.
That form is strong and one the bookies are rating to hold up when they kick off their Golden Rose bid on the weekend.
Another headline The Rosebud acceptor with a nice barrier (2) is then the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly Nayeli.
A winner of two of their three starts to date the daughter of More Than Ready has Tommy Berry aboard for Saturday who stays on after a winning barrier trial at Randwick on July 18.
Nayeli won the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) in February at Caulfield at just her second career start but then failed when second last (15th) in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) next run.
She’s a $17 chance for the Golden Rose, a price that will come in if she wins first-up here.
Waterhouse has also accepted for Echo Prince, a Tim Clark ride jumping from gate four as they line-up for just the second time.
The Casino Prince colt won on debut at Hawkesbury last month and is looking to continue that form up against better company here.
Others coming off a win then include the Paul Messara-trained Canterbury winning Redoute’s Choice colt Scissor Kick, Peter Moody’s Sale winner from back in April Better Land and the David Payne-trained Bold Circle.
A $26 chance to take out the Golden Rose next month, Bernardini colt Bold Circle debuted when third behind Law in the NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Plate last October at Randwick before improving over more distance (1100m) outside of stakes’ company at Rosehill three weeks later.
That race also produced subsequent Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Unencumbered who ran third.
Rounding out The Rosebud field with the inside alley is then the state’s premier trainer Chris Waller with Hero I Am.
The Kiwi import hasn’t raced in Australia having last been seen running seventh in the Group 1 The Oaks Stud Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) back in NZ on March 29.
Check out the full The Rosebud 2014 field, barriers and jockeys below.
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2014 The Rosebud Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 5 (2:55pm) – 09/08/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||131||INKLING||Peter & Paul Snowden||Joshua Parr||7||59kg||73|
|2||110x||NAYELI||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||2||58kg||75|
|3||31x||BOLD CIRCLE||David Payne||Jeff Lloyd||5||58kg||71|
|4||1x||SARAJEVO||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3||56kg||67|
|5||7×1||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||Tye Angland||6||56kg||67|
|6||617x||HERO I AM||Chris Waller||–||1||54kg||63|
|7||1x||BETTER LAND||Peter G Moody||Kerrin McEvoy||8||54kg||62|
|8||1||ECHO PRINCE||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||4||54kg||62|