The Godolphin stable has secured the services of the ‘Magic Man’, Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira to partner one of their three Golden Rose 2015 runners Saturday week picking up the mount on Shards.
Trainer John O’Shea and racing powerhouse Godolphin are likely to have a trio of three-year-olds facing off in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 12 including the current favourite Exosphere.
Winner of last weekend’s Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m), Golden Slipper failure Exosphere was back to his best first-up.
The son of Lonhro has now leapfrogged Gai Waterhouse’s Slipper winner Vancouver in the all-in Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, the classy colts paying $3 and $4.20 respectively to win the opening elite level showdown of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
O’Shea is yet to win a Golden Rose while Godolphin won three editions under the banner of Darley when Peter Snowden was their head trainer and prepared Forensics (2008), Denman (2009) and Epaulette (2012) for their wins.
Exosphere had Sam Clipperton in the saddle in The Run To The Race, which has produced the past three Golden Rose winners including Hallowed Crown (2014) who won both races last season, but will be replaced by James McDonald in the Group 1.
Clipperton will still get a chance at a maiden Golden Rose win with the stable likely to put him aboard Holler, a $17 shot in the latest markets.
Commands colt Holler has had three starts to date for one win and two thirds including his nice effort as a 10/1 hope in The Run To The Rose when beaten under two lengths by his winning stablemate.
Shards meanwhile is at a shorter $15 in Golden Rose betting and shares a sire with Vancouver in Medaglia D’Oro.
A dual winner from four runs, Shards stepped up to black-type company for the first time on August 22 at Randwick and handled the class rise winning the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) with McDonald in the saddle.
The team are thrilled to engage the services of Moreira aboard the Group 3 winner for the Golden Rose, the star Hong Kong-based hoop to ride in his first edition of the three-year-olds’ classic.
“We are looking to have three runners in the race and securing Joao is a huge asset,” O’Shea’s stable spokesman Darren Beadman told Racenet.
Moreira is no stranger to Group 1 racing down under having secured a number of elite level titles in Australia in recent carnivals.
He has also been in top form of late during a stint in Japan when he was crowned the World All Stars Jockeys Series winner after enjoying seven wins, five seconds and a third from his 20 rides across the series.
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