One of two livewire chances for Sydney’s best Chris Waller in the feature race at Rosehill Gardens this weekend, Group 1 winner Press Statement returns to racing in The Run To The Rose 2015 field.
Running as Rosehill Race 5 at 3:05pm (AEST), this year’s $175,000 Group 2 MTA NSW Run To The Rose (1200m) features just seven final acceptors, the top weight with 60kg under the set weights and penalties conditions of which is Waller’s undefeated Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement.
Drawn the outside alley with Tye Angland to ride from barrier seven on Saturday, Press Statement makes his three-year-old debut here heading towards an elite level Sydney Spring Racing Carnival run in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back at the track on September 12.
He currently pays $9 as the third pick in the futures Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, a price that will firm if he wins first-up on the weekend in the race that has produced the past three Golden Rose winners.
Last time out Press Statement posted his third win from as many starts when up over the Doomben mile in Brisbane’s Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).
He has a previous win at Rosehill, but has never run over 1200m.
Waller also saddles-up the current 2015 Golden Rose second favourite Japonisme in Saturday’s clash, which is absent the $3 Rose favourite Vancouver who goes straight into the Group 1 without another lead-up after suffering his first career loss in the San Domenico.
Winner of the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 15 was the Waller-trained Choisir gelding Japonisme who this Saturday shoots for his incredible fifth straight win.
The in-form youngster jumps from the inside alley with Hugh Bowman taking over for Angland aboard the sure to be The Run To The Rose favourite.
Along with Waller’s star duo, the other last start winner in The Run To The Rose field is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Raphael’s Cat.
Waterhouse may have opted to bypass the sprint with her Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, but she’s still well represented in barrier four by Redoute’s Choice colt Raphael’s Cat comes off a first-up win over the distance at Canterbury from August 19.
Also with dual The Run To The Rose representation along with Waller this year is Godolphin’s head trainer John O’Shea who saddles-up Exosphere and Holler in barriers five and six respectively.
Sam Clipperton has the ride on nicely-bred Lonhro colt Exosphere who won the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm in late February before a disappointing dead last (16th) to Vancouver in the Golden Slipper.
He has trialled twice since including a win over 809m on August 14 with Clipperton aboard for the victorious hit-out.
Stablemate Holler meanwhile is only lightly raced with two previous career runs, the progressive Commands colt having won on debut at Randwick before a third last time out on June 6, Saturday his first run over further than 1100m.
The Run To The Rose field is rounded out by Tony Noonan’s consistent Domesday colt Mr Optimistic racing for the first time since a third to Real Good in the Listed Hampden Stakes (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in mid-May and the Team Snowden-trained Redzel.
Redzel has Tommy Berry in the saddle from barrier three this weekend with the Snitzel colt out to improve second-up after his fifth in the San Domenico last time out.
Check out the full The Run To The Rose 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.
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2015 The Run To The Rose Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 5 (3:05pm) – 29/08/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||111x||PRESS STATEMENT||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||7||60kg||92|
|2||7x110x||EXOSPHERE||John O’Shea||Sam Clipperton||5||59kg||82|
|3||325×1111||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||1||58kg||86|
|4||1x3x||HOLLER||John O’Shea||Christian Reith||6||56kg||69|
|5||17×1||RAPHAEL’S CAT||Gai Waterhouse||Adam Hyeronimus||4||56kg||73|
|6||13×5||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||3||56kg||72|
|7||3813x||MR OPTIMISTIC||Tony Noonan||Joshua Parr||2||56kg||65|