Hallowed Crown Tackles Open Company in 2015 George Ryder Stakes

Three-year-old colt Hallowed Crown earned his second Group One victory in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on Saturday but will face a new, tougher test in a fortnight when he takes on open company in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

Hallowed Crown will tackle open company for the first time in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes.

Hallowed Crown will tackle open company for the first time in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes. Photo by Steve Hart.

James Cummings, who trains the colt in partnership with his grandfather Bart, thinks very highly of Hallowed Crown and is confident he can maintain his winning form against the older horses at Rosehill on March 21, after which he will progress towards the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 4.

“It’s a pleasure to have him in work. (Horses) of his calibre are few and far between,” Cummings TVN’s Racing Review on Sunday.

“We’re going to keep him in the condition we’ve got him in at the moment, that’s our role. We have some lofty ambitions for him this carnival and that’s what we’ll be focusing on.”

The trainer revealed that he hopes to run Hallowed Crown in the spring but admits his ambitious autumn plans come first and would determine whether or not a massive spring carnival eventuates.

Hallowed Crown has impressively won six of his seven career starts, which includes the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back in September, which was followed by a fourth plan finish in the Group 2 Roman Consul (1200m) – his only non-winning run.

After a four month spell, Hallowed Crown resumed in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 21, which he surged late to win a head in front of Sweynesse. Just two weeks later the colt won his second Group One title in the Randwick Guineas, in which he once again beat Sweynesse home, this time by three-quarters of a length.

Cummings notes that despite having the best record of any three-year-old in the country, Hallowed Crown has often been overlooked in many of his race discussions. It’s hard to see that going on much longer with two Group One victories under his belt.

“He’s been overlooked even though he’s won six out of seven — he has the best record of any three-year-old colt in the country,” the trainer said.

Hallowed Crown is one of 137 horses nominated for the 2015 Doncaster Mile on day one of The Championships series. The colt is currently on the third line of betting in the betting futures market at Ladbrokes.com.au with odds of $9 alongside Sweynesse.

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