Promising young colt Thronum will make his Black-Type debut from the inside alley for Gai Waterhouse in The Rosebud 2016 at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday.
Waterhouse, who now trains in partnership with her former racing manager Adrian Bott, puts the son of Snitzel to the test stepping him up in grade for the $100,000 Listed The Randwick City Council Rosebud (1200m) on the weekend.
A traditional lead-up to the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Racecourse on September 10, The Rosebud field features nine runners this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Jockey Tommy Berry, who won the 2012 Golden Rose aboard Epaulette, gets the inside run in The Rosebud on Saturday aboard Thronum who has won two of his three career starts to date.
Two back he handled a Heavy (9) Randwick course for a three length romp home over the 1200m, a track / distance he returns to for The Rosebud, after his winning debut at Kembla Grange.
Last start Thronum suffered his first defeat as the beaten favourite at Canterbury when second to Tango Rain on July 23, a run he’ll be out to atone for.
Currently he pays $26 in futures Golden Rose Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, the shortest-priced of The Rosebud acceptors for which is Mediterranean ($15).
Peter & Paul Snowden prepare this year’s Rose favourite Capitalist, who kicks things off in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) against the older horses on the weekend, and also have Smart Missile colt Mediterranean heading towards the three-years-old classic.
Mediterranean ran fifth in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) in the autumn before breaking his maiden status first-up with a 1200m victory as the odds-on favourite in the wet at Canterbury in early July.
He has won a subsequent Randwick trial over 1050m and looks in top form to win again this weekend from his mid-field barrier five draw in the small field with Blake Shinn booked for the ride.
Team Snowden have also accepted for Quick Feet, the Northern Meteor filly having run second to French Fern in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) in her most notable effort to date before a ninth in the Golden Slipper.
She has trialled twice since ahead of her first-up run on the weekend including an 850m Randwick win in a July 15 hit-out, form she’ll be out to bring to the races with Kerrin McEvoy riding from gate three.
Along with Mediterranean the other last start winner in The Rosebud field is Gerald Ryan’s lightly-raced Duporth gelding Uthred.
He jumps from gate two with Tim Clark in the saddle for the youngster’s third career start on the back of a Kembla Grange win over 1200m in mid-July.
Other notable The Rosebud chances include the James Cummings-trained Hair Trigger who comes off a third to Tango Rain at Canterbury and Jason Coyle’s improving Beneteau filly Miss Beneteau.
See below for the full The Rosebud 2016 field, barriers and jockeys before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to access the best spring racing markets!
2016 The Rosebud Final Field & Barrier Draw
Randwick Race 6 (2:50pm) – 06/08/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1x729x||QUICK FEET||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||3||58kg||75|
|2||112||THRONUM||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tommy Berry||1||58kg||71|
|3||55×1||MEDITERRANEAN||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||5||57.5kg||70|
|4||5×13||HAIR TRIGGER||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||9||55.5kg||64|
|5||425x6x||PITTSBURGH||Anthony Cummings||Jason Collett (late alt)||6||55.5kg||64|
|6||21||UTHRED||Gerald Ryan||Tim Clark||2||55.5kg||64|
|7||303x||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Ms Winona Costin||8||55.5kg||63|
|8||5x5115x6||WALK RIGHT IN||Paul Perry||Christian Reith||7||55.5kg||62|
|9||532||MISS BENETEAU||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||4||55.5kg||60|