Chris Waller plays a very strong hand in The Run To The Rose 2015 nominations for the feature race at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this weekend having entered for both Japonisme and Press Statement.
The traditional lead-up into the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back at the track on September 12, Saturday’s $175,000 Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) has attracted 10 three-year-olds at nomination stage.
The past three Golden Rose winners had their final lead-up in The Run To The Rose, including Hallowed Crown (2014) who completed the double last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Early $3 favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au in futures Golden Rose betting, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Vancouver is the most notable omission from The Run To The Rose nominations.
The next two best fancied hopefuls in the all-in Golden Rose odds are then the Waller-trained stablemates Japonisme ($6) and Press Statement ($10) who will stake their claims this weekend.
Choisir gelding Japonisme is in flying form having won all four of his starts this campaign, most recently scoring the upset with a half-length win over King’s Troop in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) on August 15.
Continuing to answer when called upon, Japonisme broke his black-type status in the San Domenico and will now look to extend his winning streak out to five on the trot before the possible run in Group 1 company next month.
Waller’s other nominee Press Statement is already a Group 1 winner, the well-performed Hinchinbrook colt having won three from three last campaign including his latest start when taking out the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Doomben on June 6.
He comes into his spring preparation undefeated and shoots for his second win from as many starts at Rosehill if accepted for The Run To The Rose.
Fourth favourite for the Golden Rose at a current quote of $11, the John O’Shea-trained Exosphere is another nominee for the weekend’s feature – one of two in The Run To The Rose for the Godolphin stable.
Nicely-bred Lonhro colt Exosphere won the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm in late February before failing to fire when dead last (16th) to Vancouver in the $3 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) last March.
He hasn’t raced since, but has trialled twice including his narrow 809m win on August 14.
O’Shea’s other entry is Holler, a $31 Golden Rose chance, who won on debut at Randwick in January before a last start Rosehill third over 1100m in early June.
Along with Waller’s duo the other last start winners nominated for The Run To The Rose are the Ciaron Maher-trained Brockhoff and Waterhouse’s sole hope in the set weight plus penalties clash Raphael’s Cat.
Improving on a second last when eighth to Thurlow on debut at Sandown-Hillside on February 7 in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m), Lonhro colt Brockhoff won first-up on August 18 at Bairnsdale in a confidence-boosting effort.
Redoute’s Choice colt Raphael’s Cat has won two of his three starts, the latest being on August 19 with a two and a half-length effort over Tap This in a 1200m Benchmark 67 at Canterbury.
Other notable The Run To The Rose nominations include Ron Quinton’s Not A Single Doubt colt Let’s Make It Rain who ran third in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) last time out and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained San Domenico fifth-placed son of Snitzel Redzel.
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2015 The Run To The Rose Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 29/08/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|2||44×3452||EL CORAZON||G||3||Richard Butler||59|
|6||23×713||LET’S MAKE IT RAIN||C||3||Ron Quinton||72|
|7||3813x||MR OPTIMISTIC||C||3||Tony Noonan||65|
|8||111x||PRESS STATEMENT||C||3||Chris Waller||92|
|9||17×1||RAPHAEL’S CAT||C||3||Gai Waterhouse||73|
|10||13×5||REDZEL||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||72|