Last weekend’s impressive Golden Rose winner Exosphere will not back-up in the Caulfield Guineas 2015 next month with connections instead saving the Godolphin galloper for a Flemington run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Originally the talented and nicely-bred Lonhro colt was set to shoot for another elite level success following the Golden Rose triumph in Sydney with a $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) run over the mile in Melbourne on October 10.
Trainer John O’Shea this week however ruled out a Guineas bid and instead confirmed plans for a freshen-up looking ahead to Flemington’s stallion-making $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Victoria Derby Day, October 31.
The decision was made after talks with the horse’s Golden Rose jockey James McDonald who indicated the young champ would be suited to a run at the roomer Flemington track.
“I’ve spoken to James and Darren (Beadman) and the Coolmore really does look the right race for him,” O’Shea told Racenet.
“He’s such a big horse, he almost needs enough room for one-and-a-half horses so a big track with smaller fields suit him better.
“The Caulfield Guineas will have a big field, it’s hustle and bustle, we would have to float him down, change his environment, it’s just not his sort of race.”
Despite the news, bookmakers are keeping Exosphere safe in futures Caulfield Guineas betting with the $853,350 earner occupying third line in the markets at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Above him also at single figures are the Chris Waller-trained JJ Atkins winner over the Doomben mile as a juvenile Press Statement ($4.20) who ran fifth in the Golden Rose and the Mick Price-trained Ready For Victory ($4.60) last seen running third in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) on Makybe Diva Stakes Day.
Between the Rose and the Coolmore, O’Shea said a run in the $175,000 Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, October 3, was on the agenda.
The Roman Consul Stakes has produced the past two Coolmore Stud Stakes winners with Waller’s ace colts Zoustar (2013) and Brazen Beau (2014) both completing the double.
O’Shea meanwhile prepared Foxwedge for his 2011 Roman Consul Stakes win before his second to Sepoy in the Coolmore four years ago.
“The Roman Consul or the Premiere,” O’Shea said.
“1200 metres at Randwick, a big track with a smaller field.”
The $200,000 Group 2 Premier Stakes (1200m) runs at the same meeting as the Roman Consul but is run in open age company under weight-for-age conditions as opposed to the latter which is for three-year-olds only at set weights.
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