The feature race running at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday is the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m), which has attracted a top field of 13 resuming and fit three-year-olds.
Bart & James Cummings’ Hallowed Crown is the highest-rated runner alongside Shooting To Win but the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) winner will jump from a much more desirable gate than his compatriot.
Hallowed Crown will enjoy a start from barrier four with Hugh Bowman to ride while Shooting To Win will need to overcome a wide start from barrier ten with jockey Blake Shinn.
The Cummings’ hopeful will resume in the 2015 Hobartville Stakes following a successful 2014 that saw the colt win four of his five starts, including a desirable Group One race. He enjoyed a pleasing barrier trial on February 2 in which he showed good acceleration but was beat home by Shooting To Win.
Peter & Paul Snowden’s colt has only finished outside the placings in one of his seven career starts, the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) first-up in the spring. However he quickly turned his form around, placing in both the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) and Golden Rose Stakes before winning the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) with a massive three length winning margin.
Shooting To Win capped off his spring with a win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), in which he was just strong enough to beat Rich Enuff in the closing moments.
The colt has had two official trials in the past month and is ready to return to the racing.
The Snowdens will deliver a dual-pronged attack in the 2015 Hobartville Stakes after also accepting with Diamond Valores.
The gelding finished in the first two in all four of his starts last spring but was a disappointing second last in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 7 after getting checked midway through. He will jump from barrier eight with Sam Clipperton.
Chris Waller will deliver a three-pronged attack on the race after accepting with three of his four nominated runners.
Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) winner Preferment may find the trip too short but Waller believes it’s the ideal race to resume the colt since it leaves him with three weeks before the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 7. He will jump from barrier seven with Jason Collett as hoop.
Delectation was runner-up in the Eskimo Prince Stakes last time out, while Kermadec finished just outside the placings in fourth in the same race.
Delectation also finished runner-up in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at the end of spring. He will jump one gate in from stable mate Preferment while Kermadec will jump from barrier nine.
2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes winner Scissor Kick will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate while lone filly Thunder Lady will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one as she takes on the boys.
The John Sargent-trained filly won her maiden in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on November 1 before backing up just five days later to run second in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m). It remains questionable how well the clearly successful middle-distance runner will fare over 1400 metres.
Gai Waterhouse’s Hampton Court is the fourth Group One winner in the Hobartville Stakes field after winning the Champion Stakes (2000m) last October by over two lengths. The colt will enjoy a start from barrier three with Joshua Parr to ride.
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2015 Hobartville Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||7322421x||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||7||56.5kg||104|
|2||11x82311x||SHOOTING TO WIN||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||10||56.5kg||105|
|3||11x114x||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||4||56.5kg||105|
|4||7x111229x1||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||Tye Angland||13||56.5kg||103|
|5||1x11138x||SWEYNESSE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||5||56.5kg||100|
|6||10x834118x||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||Joshua Parr||3||56.5kg||104|
|7||111x4342x2||DELECTATION||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||6||56.5kg||94|
|8||121×4||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||9||56.5kg||88|
|9||12155×4||PANZER DIVISION||Paul Messara||Tommy Berry||12||56.5kg||90|
|10||1x6x231||MEURSAULT||John O’Shea||Jim Cassidy||2||56.5kg||77|
|11||1122×6||DIAMOND VALORES (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Sam Clipperton||8||56.5kg||78|
|12||51×2||SWORN TO SILENCE (NZ)||Bryce Heys||Christian Reith||11||56.5kg||65|
|13||64x325312x||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||–||1||54.5kg||97|