Godolphin’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion is on track for a Golden Rose Stakes 2016 bid this spring and trainer John O’Shea could be tempted to race on after the September classic.
A well-bred son of Street Cry, Telperion has had five runs to date during this two-year-old season and has since matured nicely over his winter spell O’Shea told Racenet.
“Telperion is the horse that’s made the most physical improvement of our two-year-olds,” he said.
“Being a son of Street Cry he was always open to physical improvement between two and three and he’s done that.”
The progressive colt enjoyed a Black-Type win in mid-February at Randwick defeating subsequent Group 1 Champagne Stakes winner Prized Icon home in the Listed Lonhro Stakes (1100m).
A fourth in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) followed late that month before Telperion’s eye-catching fourth when under two and a half lengths off the winner Capitalist as a $31 roughie in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).
A step up in distance followed and Telperion seemed to thrive over the extra meters when second to David Vandyke’s runaway winner Yankee Rose at Randwick on April 2 in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Telperion is set for a rematch with class filly Yankee Rose this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, both runners heading towards a start in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 10.
Yankee Rose is out to be the first Golden Rose winning filly since Forensics (2008), while Telperion will be out to go back-to-back for O’Shea who prepared last year’s champion Exosphere (2015).
The past four Golden Rose winners all came off a lead-up run in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) including Hallowed Crown (2014) and Exosphere completing the double.
This season’s Run To The Rose is scheduled for August 27 and O’Shea confirmed it was on the agenda for Telperion.
Now based at the Sunshine Coast, Vandyke has an ambitious spring planned for Yankee Rose who could continue onto Melbourne for a shot at the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.
Similarly, O’Shea will use Telperion’s Golden Rose performance as a guide whether to press on and head south chasing the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival riches with the up-and-comer this coming campaign.
“He’ll go Run To The Roses, Golden Rose and then we’ll decide if we keep going up or come back. You’d have to think he’s going to appreciate a bit of ground,” he said.
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