The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Mediterranean will bypass Saturday’s Up And Coming Stakes in favour of a run in the following weekend’s The Run To The Rose 2016.
The Smart Missile colt was one of 13 nominations taken for the $125,000 Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on Saturday where the stable could still saddle-up the returning Taj Mahal.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden confirmed to Racenet that Mediterranean, who has won one of his four starts to date, won’t accept for the Warwick Stakes Day event.
Instead he will be saved for Saturday week’s $175,000 Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
The galloper had his first-up run on August 6 in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) where he finished a close second to the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Thronum as the beaten favourite.
Mediterranean was beaten only a neck in the Randwick black-type run on a Heavy (10) track.
He is on way to the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 10, a race star stablemate Capitalist could possibly miss.
“I think we will be running him next Saturday in the Run To The Rose,” Snowden confirmed.
“If you run on Saturday it’s three weeks into the [Golden] Rose which is probably not ideal so we’ll more than likely wait the extra week and run him next week.”
Winner of the Golden Slipper Stakes at the end of a stellar two-year-old campaign, Written Tycoon colt Capitalist was a shock fourth first-up last Saturday behind Star Turn in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
He failed to let down on the Soft Sydney track and also laboured under the 60kg top weight, Snowden saying they were still in talks with connections about the new spring options for Capitalist.
“We’ll lock his next race in over the next couple of days,” Snowden said.
“He’s come through the run fine though, no problems at all.
“Looking at the splits of the race, he hasn’t run bad at all, he hasn’t run bad at all.
“We went through the history of the race over the past eight years, Vancouver, All Too Hard, horses like that did the same thing.
“The 60 kilos was just too much for them to carry.”
The last three Golden Slipper winners failed to win a subsequent race and Capitalist eased out in futures Golden Rose Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au after his first-up loss.
He now shares top spot in the markets at $7 with the David Vandyke-trained Group 1 winning filly Yankee Rose and the untapped Impending from the Godolphin stable, while Mediterranean is an $11 chance to win the Golden Rose Stakes this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
As for Taj Mahal, Snowden was looking forward to the Up And Coming Stakes run for the More Than Ready colt who broke his maiden status at Warwick Farm last time out in early April over 1300m.
“I think he’s one of those three-year-olds that has gone to another level compared with what you saw as a two-year-old. 100 percent,” he said.
“He’s a nice horse.
“He’ll run very well on Saturday. Two good trials, 1300 is ideal for him.
“He’s still a little on the fresh side but he’s fit and well enough to run well.”
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