Veteran hoop Jim Cassidy will shoot for his second Golden Rose win in three years having been booked to ride the Gary Portelli-trained Sebring Sun in the $1 million Group 1 at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday.
Two years ago ‘The Pumper’ Cassidy rode the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar (2013) to victory in the 1400m Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature, and this weekend he’ll get another shot aboard Portelli’s smart Sebring colt.
The Elite Thoroughbreds-raced Sebring Sun has won two of his seven starts to date, including the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) first-up at Randwick on August 8.
His last start was in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at the same track where he was far from disgraced finishing under two lengths away third behind Shards (1st) and Voilier (2nd) who was also runner-up in The Rosebud the run before.
The past three Golden Rose winners had their final lead-up in The Run To The Rose, which produces the top two fancies in betting this year through Ladbrokes.com.au with the winning quinella of Exosphere ($2.60) and Waller’s Group 1 winning runner-up Press Statement ($3.80).
Sebring Sun meanwhile is looking to win the Golden Rose out of an Up And Coming Stakes start for the first time since Kiwi visitor Manawanui (2011) completed the double four years ago.
This year’s Up And Coming Stakes winner is a stablemate to the Godolphin-raced favourite Exosphere with the fellow John O’Shea-trained Medaglia D’Oro colt paying $13 in the pre-field markets.
Sebring Sun is just longer at $15 in betting, an equal price currently with the Peter Moody-trained Reward For Effort colt Gold Symphony who won the Group 1 Vain Stakes (1100m) and Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) back-to-back at Caulfield in August.
Gai Waterhouse is also looking at paying the final Golden Rose acceptance for her nicely-bred Northern Meteor filly Speak Fondly, the triple Group 2 winner taking out the Silver Shadow Stakes – Furious Stakes double at Randwick with a big two and three quarter length win in the latter last Saturday.
Kerrin McEvoy, who rode Peter Snowden’s 2009 Golden Rose winner Denman, has ridden the filly for her past two wins, but word is Hong Kong-based jockey Brett Prebble will seek a release from the HKJC to make the trip down under to partner Speak Fondly in the Group 1.
McEvoy meanwhile won’t be at the Golden Rose Day meeting, instead he will ride in Melbourne at Flemington Racecourse with commitments across the Makybe Diva Stakes Day program.
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