This Saturday in Sydney Melbourne-based Peter Moody will get a better gauge on the Golden Rose 2014 claims of his promising colt Better Land when they race in Randwick’s The Rosebud.
A $21 chance in the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 13, Shamardal three-year-old Better Land first resumes racing this weekend.
They are one of eight of their age lining up in this year’s $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m), a traditional lead-up to the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival Group 1 next month.
Moody used the race 12 months ago as a Golden Rose springboard of Dissident who ran second to Eurozone in The Rosebud, second to Va Pensiero in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) and then finished runner-up again to the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar in the Group 1.
“I did a similar thing with Dissident, but bear in mind he was a bit more experienced,” Moody told Racing Victoria this week.
“He’d had a couple of runs and ran in a Blue Diamond (finishing 7th to Miracles Of Life in 2013), so he was more seasoned.
“But this guy is a well-bred colt that I’ve always had a good opinion of.”
Current The Rosebud markets at Ladbrokes are led at $2.70 by the John O’Shea-trained Sarajevo, the Lonhro colt racing for the first time since a winning debut at the Kensington track back in April.
Better Land meanwhile is one of four other single figure chances in The Rosebud odds paying $7 to also retain their undefeated status after a winning debut last time in.
On April 6 at Sale they had their first run relishing a Heavy (8) track to put three lengths on a moderate field in a 2YO maiden, Saturday’s race then a big class rise.
They spelled after that in Brisbane and were given a Doomben trial over 1000m on July 22 winning with Michael Cahill aboard, Kerrin McEvoy to take the reins on the weekend when Better Land debuts in stakes’ company.
The pair has the outside barrier to overcome and plenty of classy rivals other than the favourite including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Group 3 winning filly Nayeli ($3.10) and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Inkling ($7.50) coming off a win over 1150m at Kensington on July 26.
A $400,000 yearling buy from last year’s William Inglis and Son Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Better Land is a blueblood through and through being from former top Redoute’s Choice mare Amelia’s Dream, Moody hoping they live up to their pedigree this season.
“He’s like everyone’s three-year-olds; we’re just hoping they improve sufficiently to measure up to the better grade,” Moody said.
“Probably all of this season’s three-year-old colts are in the same bracket because none of them actually shone at two.”
As for which youngsters Moody rates as the cream of the crop from last season, he nominated the Mick Price-trained duo of Jabali and Cornrow who ran second and third respectively behind Earthquake in the Blue Diamond Stakes in the autumn.
“The two best two-year-old colts are maidens – Jabali and Cornrow – so anyone with a three-year-old that they’ve got any opinion of are entitled to have a crack at what is supposedly the better grade,” he said.
“Is it six months too soon (for Better Land)? Yes, I think it is, but to get seasoned he’s going to be taking on the better class.”
Price’s duo meanwhile is set to resume racing in Saturday week’s $150,000 Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) on PB Lawrence Stakes Day at Caulfield.
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