Early Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas favourite Almalad has also opened the punters’ pick to win his first-up run in the 2014 The Run To The Rose in Sydney on Saturday.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained son of Al Maher is one of 12 three-year-olds strutting their stuff in the $125,000 Group 3 MTA NSW Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on the weekend ahead of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) back at the track next month.
Top fancy in the future Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $6 is Almalad, last seen posting his third win from as many starts in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 7.
Saturday he returns to racing for his maiden Rosehill run, Tommy Berry retaining the ride with the duo drawn in gate five.
Almalad also leads futures betting on Melbourne’s $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11 but must first retain his undefeated record here against a quality field.
The favourite pays $3.80 for Saturday’s race through Ladbrokes and is joined on single-figures by four other runners.
The others under $10 to win The Run To The Rose this year are:
- #2 Brazen Beau ($6) – Nice barrier three draw for the Chris Waller-trained colt last seen running a close second in the JJ Atkins, gets a chance to turn the tables here having won his previous start at the distance, a Group 2 winner in Brisbane makes his Rosehill debut and is also well fancied for the upcoming Group 1s
- #4 Nostradamus ($6) – Team Hawkes-trained entry jumps from barrier two with Brenton Avdulla replacing James McDonald (riding rival Sarajevo), McDonald was aboard the Medaglia D’Oro colt for his first-up win at Rosehill in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m), form connections are hoping the Blue Diamond Stakes graduate can continue
- #11 Sarajevo ($7) – Another exciting Group 1 prospect, this John O’Shea-trained Lonhro colt has the outside barrier (12) to overcome which could be the deciding factor, is well liked for the Caulfield Guineas especially and has had just two starts for a win on debut in April and a close fourth on August 9 in The Rosebud at Randwick
- #5 Hallowed Crown ([lllink text=”$7.50″]) – Like Almalad this James & Bart Cummings-trained three-year-old is undefeated and money is coming for him in the markets, won at Kensington in March on debut then backed up at Randwick in the mud to take out the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), track worked to his advantage that day and with Rosehill currently in the Heavy range should relish another mud course this weekend
Outside of the top fancies are then a number of other nicely priced gallopers out for an upset Run To The Rose result including O’Sheas two other hopes in Group 2 Todman Stakes winner Ghibellines ($13), and Group 1 Champagne Stakes third placegetter Kumaon ($15), as well as San Domenico Stakes third past the post Law ($17) for Waller with the rails run if he can get it from barrier one.
Check out the table below for the latest The Run To The Rose 2014 betting odds, prices open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au where your first deposit will be matched by the house dollar for dollar up to $250 as a bonus welcome bet!