2014 Villiers Stakes Heavy Track Will Test Rose Of Choice

It is looking increasingly likely that the track at Royal Randwick Racecourse will be heavy or soft this Saturday on Villiers Stakes Day, which has sent many trainers into a tizzy.

After running fourth behindPoliteness (pictured) in the Summoned Stakes last time out, Rose Of Choice will be tested over heavy ground for the first time in the Villiers Stakes.

After running fourth behindPoliteness (pictured) in the Summoned Stakes last time out, Rose Of Choice will be tested over heavy ground for the first time in the Villiers Stakes. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

John Hawkes has already revealed that Listed Razor Sharp (1200m) favourite Our Boy Malachi is unlikely to run on a heavy track while Ron Quinton is unhappy about running Monton on a rain affected track in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m).

Peter Snowden has now come out, voicing his lack of enthusiasm about the wet track for 2014 Villiers Stakes hopeful Rose Of Choice. While the trainer can’t fault his mare’s form heading into the race, the fact that she has never seen a heavy track in her 18 race career leaves him uneasy.

However there’s no time to test her like the present so she’ll likely run whatever the weather may bring.

“It will be rain affected, 100 per cent sure. More than likely we’ll have a crack and see if she can handle it,” Snowden told TVN.

Rose of Choice is on the third line of betting in the Villiers Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, offering $7 to win alongside Rudy.

Snowden has been eyeing the Villiers Stakes for Rose Of Choice ever since the spring when she finished third in the Group 3 City Tattersalls Club Nivison (1200m) first up before claiming second in the Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m).

The mare was tested in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) last time out on November 15, finishing just a neck outside the placings. Rose of Choice was right in the middle of the field and once she made it into the clear made her run up the middle to just miss out on third.

Snowden felt that the three starts wasn’t enough for the in-form mare who had more to offer so opted to prepare her for the 2014 Villiers Stakes.

“We put her in the paddock for three or four days then bring her back and prepared her for this,” Snowden said.

“She topped it off with a nice trial at Warwick Farm last Monday. She’s in good order to run well if she can get through the ground.”

A heavy track could throw some unusual contenders into the mix come Saturday so if you want to back a runner with lucrative double digit odds open your online betting account at Ladbrokes.com.au today. New customers will receive a $100 bonus match on their first bet.

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