Local Sydney horseman Ron Quinton is confident his young colt Let’s Make It Rain is capable of upsetting a field of better fancied three-year-olds at Rosehill Gardens in Saturday’s Golden Rose Stakes 2015.
There are just nine youngsters facing off in this year’s $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), the set weights Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature running as Race 6 at 3:45pm (AEST).
Current Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have John O’Shea’s Run To The Rose winner Exosphere ($2.90) and the Chris Waller-trained Group 1 champ Press Statement ($3.60) who ran second to Saturday’s favourite in the official lead-up at the top of the markets.
Market mover is then the sole filly in the mix, the flying Gai Waterhouse-trained Speak Fondly who has been backed in from $5.50 to $4.80.
Hong Kong-based Brett Prebble is over for the ride on the daughter of Northern Meteor who has won the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at her two last starts with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle at Randwick.
Let’s Make It Rain meanwhile can be found at the other end of the Golden Rose betting markets, the consistent son of Not A Single Doubt the $26 outsider of the bunch.
Drawn wide in gate eight with Tim Clark in the saddle, Let’s Make It Rain has had three previous Rosehill starts for two second place runs, the latest of which was in a Benchmark 72 over 1400m on August 29 when a half-length off Wudang Mountain.
He gets the same track and distance this Saturday but is right up in class contesting his first Group race.
Before the second at Rosehill late last month, Let’s Make It Rain ran a close third to Sebring Sun in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on August 8.
Quinton made the call to throw his horse in the deep end despite not racing in black-type company last start after Waterhouse announced one-time favourite Vancouver would bypass the race, the Golden Slipper now in the paddock ahead of an autumn return next year.
“I really had no intention of running him, but when Vancouver trialled no good and was subsequently not going to take his place I had a think about it for a few days and outside the first couple of favourites he’s more than capable of taking his chance,” Quinton told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Let’s Make It Rain will be Quinton’s first Golden Rose starter while the horse’s hoop Clark has had five previous rides in the classic for one second and one third.
While knowing full well the class of his rivals, Quinton remains confident that his young gun can be very competitive in the Group 1 even five runs into his campaign.
“My horse is only having his fifth run, which is still a relatively light preparation,” Quinton said.
“The other horses going in second-up are trained by very good trainers so they’ll be fit.
“If you reverse the gates the other day when he ran second [to Wudang Mountain] I’m sure he would have won the race. He had to give the other horse three kilos and his form has been very good.
“I picked him out at the sales and paid a good bit of money for him and I’m actually one of the major shareholders in him, so whatever he does I’m very happy with.”
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