The Anthony Cummings-trained filly Fulfilled Promise could scratch out of race two on Winter Challenge Day in Sydney this weekend in favour of an early spring stakes assignment in the 2015 The Rosebud Saturday week.
The key Royal Randwick support act on Missile Stakes Day next Saturday, August 8, the $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m) is a traditional Sydney Spring Racing Carnival lead-up to the lucrative $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) held at Rosehill on September 12.
Cummings is looking at the possibility of removing his up-and-coming three-year-old daughter of Choisir Fulfilled Promise from her assignment at Rosehill Gardens this weekend and throwing her into black-type company in The Rosebud.
A winner of one of her six starts so far, Fulfilled Promise is currently accepted to face off against nine fellow three-year-olds in the $85,000 Structaflor Yellowtongue Plate (1400m) under set weights plus penalties conditions on the Horse’s Birthday weekend.
She is drawn a treat in gate four with Tim Clark riding her on 54kg, Clark retaining the ride having ridden her for a 1400m win in the mud at Warwick Farm two back and her brave third last time out over the same distance on another Heavy (9) course this time at Randwick from July 11.
Betting on Rosehill Race 2 at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering a Bonus Bet for 2nd or 3rd in the meeting’s feature race – the Winter Challenge, is currently led by the in-form Gai Waterhouse-trained Kimberly Star ($2.30) who shoots for her third straight win.
Fulfilled Promise is also at single figures to win but pays a juicer $8.50.
She is not a confirmed starter though with Cummings yet to make the final call.
“The only decision we need to make is whether we go there on Saturday or wait for a stakes race the following Saturday,” he told AAP on Thursday.
“I think she shows a fair bit of potential and she’s done really nicely since her last start.”
Cummings is willing to forgive her the third to Saturday’s favourite Kimberly Star last time out and rates her chances should he opt to run her against her last start conqueror again on the weekend.
“She had a little bit of time between runs last time and got to a heavy track at Randwick and that caught up with her the last 50 metres or so. She looked a winning chance at the furlong,” he said.
While not confirming a Golden Rose Stakes bid just yet, the Group 1 is an obvious option for the filly should she progress through her spring preparation well.
Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper winner and valuable stallion prospect Vancouver, down to trial at Randwick on Friday morning, is the red hot early favourite in early Golden Rose betting markets at bookies around the country.
Cummings filly is yet to be included in the all-in odds but a win in The Rosebud would see her thrown into the mix.
Over the years Cummings has saddled up a total of 13 Golden Rose starters for two wins and a second in the three-year-olds’ feature.
His Golden Rose winners were Duporth (2008) and On Air (1997).
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