A small yet top-class field of eight three-year-olds is set to contest the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) this Saturday, one which Hugh Bowman rates as the best he’s seen in the past two decades.
This season’s three-year-old colts are rated very highly and you don’t have to look much further than those tackling the Randwick Guineas on Saturday to see why. All eight runners have the potential to win at the highest level of racing with three already enjoying Group One success.
“You’ve probably got four or five there that are a bit better than the others and they are all top class, all Group One horses,” the jockey told Sky Racing.
“It’s not like you’ve got a bunch of Group Two horses fighting it out.”
Bowman will ride headliner Hallowed Crown in the 2015 Randwick Guineas, returning to the saddle after winning the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) first-up on February 21.
The Bart & James Cummings-trained colt got in behind the leading few nearer the inside but was two lengths back at the bend. He tried for a run between the leaders but went back inside after getting checked. The colt just managed to surge late, winning the race a head from Sweynesse with Kermadec a further half-head away in third.
“I didn’t think I was going to win at any stage but then at the 100-metre mark he just found another gear I didn’t know he had,” Bowman said of the victory.
All but one of the eight runners are coming via the Hobartville Stakes, with Gwenda Markwell’s Rhodin Drive stepping up to black-type racing for the first time.
Less than half a length separated the first five horses home, which also included Shooting To Win and Scissor Kick, and they’re all set to clash again in the Randwick Guineas, making it one for the ages.
Hallowed Crown has won five of his six starts, including the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back in September.
“He’s hard to get a gauge on trackwork,” Bowman said.
“If he works on his own you don’t get a guide on how he’s going.
“His trial gave us very little but he’s been to the races six times and won five of them. Hard to fault.”
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