Only seven three-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; the final competitive point of call on the traditional path towards the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in a fortnight.
Japonisme stamped himself as one to follow through the 2015 Spring Carnival with an impressive win over notable competition in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) a fortnight ago and remains clear $2.50 favourite in 2015 Run To The Rose betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au as a result.
Posting an impressive four wins and two minors through only seven competitive starts so far, Japonisme returned this time for three convincing wins in minor Sydney sprints which included a four length success in the Tradie Magazine BM72 (1100m) on August 1st.
Having comfortably seen off the likes of Vancouver in the San Domenico Stakes, trainer Chris Waller is understandably confident the Choisir gelding can continue his impressive run of form through the Run To The Rose.
John O’Shea appears likely to enter several three-year-olds for the 2015 Golden Rose, and Run To The Rose entrant Exosphere will arguably lead the charge.
Having clearly needed a run when failing to beat a single runner home in his debut race in November, Exosphere returned this year in exceptional form; beating a handy field to the line in the Valentines Day Maiden Plate (1000m) before making a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) by four lengths in February 28th.
While unable to make anything of an impact in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) last time out, the Lonhro colt has reportedly taken huge benefit from his time away from racing, has trialled well and offers great value for money in 2015 Run To The Rose betting markets at current $4.40 odds for success.
Waller is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Run To The Rose, and second entrant Press Statement arguably offers punters the best value for money in betting markets at current $5 odds for success.
Winning two Sydney sprints with complete ease upon debuting in late April, the Hinchinbrook colt repaid the faith placed in him by Waller when comfortably pulling clear in the final straight at Doomben to win the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) on June 6th.
While charged with carrying a race-high 60kgs as a Group 1 winner and allocated the outside gate, Press Statement is arguably the class horse of the small field and is well worth consideration for a 2015 Run To The Rose bet.
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