Connections of the weekend’s Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap winner Panzer Division are keeping their cards close to their chests yet to confirm or deny the Paul Messara-trained colt’s acceptance into the 2014 Golden Rose field.
The line-up for Sydney’s opening Group 1 race of the season is starting to take shape with final acceptances for Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) closing at 9am on Tuesday morning.
One horse guaranteed a start should connections accept is Redoute’s Choice three-year-old Panzer Division.
Super consistent so far he has won two of his three starts.
Two back he was grabbed right on the line when just a nostril flare separated him and the winner Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) on a Heavy (9) Randwick track on August 23.
Over the weekend Panzer Division raced on another mud Randwick course this time racing away to beat home Shooting To Win by a tidy one and a quarter lengths in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap (1400m).
That effort saw him shoot up the all-in Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au sitting equal on $13 with his last start conqueror Scissor Kick after his fourth straight win and the John O’Shea-trained Lonhro colt Kumaon.
Third to Go Indy Go, who resumes in Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), the Godolphin-owned Kumaon returned in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) on August 30 and was runner-up behind Hallowed Crown.
The James & Bart Cummings-trained Run To The Rose winner Hallowed Crown is now the $4.60 second pick in Golden Rose betting to retain his undefeated status with win number four on Saturday.
Those markets meanwhile are led by Peter Moody’s Golden Slipper third placed filly Bring Me The Maid ($4.20).
The daughter of Sebring is looking to become the first filly to win the race since Forensics (2008) did it when the event was still held in the autumn and comes off a first-up win in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) against her own kind on August 23 at Randwick.
Panzer Division may have impressed in the Ming Dynasty meanwhile but his part-owner John Messara said trainer Paul was still 50-50 about his acceptance.
“I think Paul is still 50-50 about running Panzer Division,” Messara told The Daily Telegraph.
“We originally had Panzer Division pencilled in as a Spring Champion Stakes horse.
“Paul just wants to see how the colt does in the next day or so before making a final decision.
“He is very happy with Scissor Kick and the colt is on track for the race.”
The $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) meanwhile runs at Royal Randwick on October 11.
Stay tuned to see who is in and out of the Golden Rose 2014 field this year.
But before the field is out, make sure you place your all-in Golden Rose bets and lock in the generous early prices open on the possible runners online now at Ladbrokes.com.au!