Connections of undefeated Golden Rose winner Hallowed Crown have ruled out a shot at the Caulfield Guineas 2014 next month and will instead drop the top colt down in distance again targeting November’s Coolmore Stud Stakes.
The Street Sense three-year-old became the first unbeaten Golden Rose winner in history when taking out the $1 million classic over 1400m at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
A winner of his three previous starts including the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) in the mud to kick off his three-year-old campaign, Hallowed Crown handed James & Bart Cummings with their first Group 1 success as a partnership with the Golden Rose victory.
Bart Cummings celebrated Group 1 win number 267 but for grandson and co-trainer James it was his first taste of elite level success.
After evaluating the race, which elevated Hallowed Crown’s value as a commercial stallion prospect up to an estimated $15 million, Team Cummings have ruled out backing him up on October 11 for a shot at the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
The bookies on Saturday slashed Hallowed Crown’s Caulfield Guineas price to $9, markets still led at Ladbrokes.com.au by the Mark Kavanagh-trained fellow Street Cry colt Chivalry ($6) who ran second to Merion at Flemington on the weekend in the Listed Living Legends Stakes (1400m).
Not wanting to test the now $851,025 earner at a mile, Hallowed Crown will instead head towards the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day, November 1, which is the opening meeting of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Last year’s Golden Rose winner Zoustar went down the same path for Chris Waller.
He backed up from a Golden Rose win over the now three time Group 1 winner Dissident, who shot to the top of 2014 Cox Plate betting this spring with his Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) win in Melbourne over the weekend, to win the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) by four and a half lengths.
From there Zoustar went to Flemington on Derby Day and enjoyed a two length Coolmore Stud Stakes win completing the double Hallowed Crown will chase again this year.
James Cummings also confirmed the 2014 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day on October 4 as the lead-up race into the Coolmore for Hallowed Crown.
“It’s been a successful pattern in the past,” he told TVN on Monday.
“We’re conscious that he’s an extremely good sprinter, an unbeaten sprinter, and we can see the value of running him in the Coolmore and mirroring a pattern of Zoustar last year.
“He has just such a slashing turn of foot, good athlete, clean-winded and determined.
“Unbeaten in four starts with a Group 1 next to your name … there wouldn’t be many horses do that without fulfilling every criteria.”
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