Only eight three-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Royal Randwick; the first point of call on the traditional path to the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 12th.
A Group 1 performer, Team Hawkes have bold plans for Rageese through the upcoming Spring Carnival and are confident the colt is ready for a big first-up performance in the 2015 Rosebud.
While yet to claim a race win, Rageese more than stamped his claims as one to watch through his maiden three start campaign; running sixth in a Rosehill minor over 1100m first-up before placing second in each of the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
The talented son of Street Cry has reportedly taken well to his time in the paddock; adding size and condition and should lay a great account for himself on Saturday from barrier 5.
Voilier is an exciting prospect for Warwick Farm-based trainer Gary Nickson this season and is positioned well for success in the 2015 Rosebud in barrier 2.
Debuting for success over a talented field in the Sire Custodians 2.y.o Plate (1100m) in December, Voilier returned this year for second in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) but failed to make anything of an impact in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m).
The Beneteau gelding is sure to have taken priceless condition from a first-up fourth in the Bob Ingham Handicap (1100m) on July 18th and will be partnered by Tye Angland in The Rosebud.
Gary Portelli is confident Sebring Sun is up to the class of his age group’s best and will launch a Golden Rose campaign with the three-year-old in the 2015 Rosebud.
Claiming one win and two minors through five competitive starts, Sebring Sun ran third amongst notable company in the TAB Place Multi Plate (1000m) upon resuming this year; progressing to credible fifth place finishes in each of the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) and Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m).
The Sebring colt will carry winning form into the Rosebud having taken out a Canterbury minors over 1200m on July 29th.
Interestingly the only other runner to carry winning form, Let’s Make It Rain will undoubtedly have to step up a gear if to figure in his first black type race competitively, particularly after drawing barrier 8.
Performing well in a pair of Sydney minor sprints on debut in December, trainer Ron Quinton elected to skip the Autumn Carnival campaign with Let’s Make It Rain, and the classy colt has returned for seventh in the McGrath Estate Agents Handicap (1200m) and success in a Canterbury minor over 1250m on July 25th.
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2015 The Rosebud Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||6x22x||RAGEESE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||5||59kg||82|
|2||1x25x4||VOILIER||Gary Nickson||Tye Angland||2||56kg||76|
|3||23×71||LET’S MAKE IT RAIN||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton||8||54kg||70|
|4||2x355x1||SEBRING SUN||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||4||54kg||70|
|5||15×24||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||6||54kg||68|
|8||51||CAN BE BOSSY||Mark Macdonald||Christian Reith||7||54kg||55|