The James & Bart Cummings-trained Golden Rose winner Hallowed Crown is the headline nominee for the Roman Consul Stakes 2014 in Sydney this weekend as the undefeated youngster looks to add another win to his flawless record.
Street Sense colt Hallowed Crown has won all four of his career starts to date and could get the chance to make it five-from-five having been entered for Saturday’s $175,000 Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick Racecourse.
A key support race on the Epsom Handicap Day program that includes a trio of Group 1 features, the Roman Consul Stakes only attracted eight early entries.
Nominations then have been extended for it and a number of the day’s other events until 11am on Tuesday morning.
Hallowed Crown was last seen winning the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) in a top effort at Rosehill on September 13 and is heading towards the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1 in Melbourne.
Last year the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar completed the Golden Rose Stakes – Coolmore Stud double and also won the Roman Consul Stakes on his way by four and a half lengths.
Team Cummings’ talented galloper Hallowed Crown then will head down the same proven path towards the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Group 1 on Victoria Derby Day via Saturday’s Roman Consul.
The only other last start winner in the mix for the weekend is the Patrick Payne-trained Husson Eagle, the Husson colt having taken out an 1100m sprint at Bendigo on September 10.
Last year’s winning trainer Waller has two chances in the race this year with Brazen Beau and Delecation.
Group 1 performer Brazen Beau has had just the won run this time in but is ready to improve on that when back in Sydney on the weekend.
He finished fifth first-up to Rich Enuff in the Group 2 Danehill stakes (1200m) on September 13 at Flemington, the form of which was trumped when the 2014 Caulfield Guineas-bound winner won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude on Sunday.
Stablemate Delecation meanwhile comes off a first-up fourth to Kuro in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on September 20, before which the son of Shamardal won three on the trot during the winter in Sydney.
Echo Gal then represents the fillies in the three-year-olds’ feature, Gai Waterhouse’s daughter of Stratum coming via a Heritage Stakes second.
Also in good form is then the Gerald Ryan-trained Klammer who has run third in his past four races including a first-up effort in the Heritage Stakes.
The other two most recent runs from the Snitzel colt were then at Group level during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival including a third to Hallowed Crown in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) in April.
Ryan is also represented in the nominations by his resuming Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Time For War, while the Team Hawkes-trained Nostradamus rounds out the entries and comes off a fifth in the Golden Rose.
The 2014 Roman Consul Stakes field is set for release on Wednesday so make sure you stay tuned.
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2014 Roman Consul Stakes Nominations
Royal Randwick – 04/10/2014
|1||BRAZEN BEAU||Chris Waller||86|
|3||ECHO GAL||Gai Waterhouse||78|
|4||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||103|
|5||HUSSON EAGLE||Patrick Payne||69|
|7||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||85|
|8||TIME FOR WAR||Gerald Ryan||88|