A small field of just seven three-year-olds is set to run in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) this Saturday, down from the 15 that ran in last year’s race.
Bart & James Cummings’ Hallowed Crown headlines the field but will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate.
The three-year-old colt has won six of his seven career starts and is already a two-time winner at the highest level of racing. Hallowed Crown is in great form heading towards the 2015 Rosehill Guineas after winning both of his campaign starts.
He resumed in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 21, surging late to get the win a head from Sweynesse, before drawing clear to win the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) two weeks later.
Hallowed Crown enjoyed inside jumps in both of these races but will have to surge forward early to get across from barrier seven on Saturday. Hugh Bowman will return to the saddle for the fifth consecutive time.
John O’Shea’s Sweynesse will look to get the upper hand on Hallowed Crown in the 2015 Rosehill Guineas after finishing runner-up to the colt in both the Hobartville Stakes and Randwick Guineas.
The colt will jump from barrier five with James McDonald to ride.
Sweynesse will also clash with Hampton Court, who beat him in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) by two and a quarter lengths back on October 11. However the Gai Waterhouse-trained colt has run unplaced in his three subsequent starts, including most recently the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) last Saturday, which means he’ll have just seven days between runs.
Hampton Court will jump one gate in from Sweynesse with Joshua Parr to ride.
Chris Waller nominated three horses for the 2015 Rosehill Guineas on Monday but only accepted with Preferment, who will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one with champion hoop Damien Oliver to ride.
The three-year-old colt was a runner-up in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) back in October before winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on November 1.
Preferment will enjoy the return to 2000 metres after running less than a mile his first two starts this campaign.
Rounding out the Rosehill Guineas field are Murray Baker’s Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Mongolian Khan, who has won six of his seven career starts, runner-up Volkstok’n’barrell from Donna Logan’s stable, and Allan Denham’s Pounamu.
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2015 Rosehill Guineas Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11x114x11||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||7||56.5kg||109|
|2||7322421×06||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||1||56.5kg||103|
|3||1011111||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||6||56.5kg||105|
|4||1x11138x22||SWEYNESSE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||5||56.5kg||105|
|5||x834118x96||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||Joshua Parr||4||56.5kg||100|
|6||311×11132||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan||Craig Williams||2||56.5kg||100|
|7||6x42238x67||POUNAMU||Allan Denham||Glyn Schofield||3||56.5kg||70|