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The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Golden Slipper winner Farnan dominates markets for his first-up run in Sydney’s The Run To The Rose 2020 this Saturday.
Returning to the track of his biggest career success, the brilliant Not A Single Doubt colt is one of just seven three-year-olds facing off in the Group 2 $200,000 De Bortoli Wines Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
He is undefeated at the track having won the Group 2 Silver Slipper back in February before his last start success in the Group 1 Golden Slipper over 1200m.
Farnan overcame a wide barrier to defeat Away Game by nearly two lengths in that $3.5 million classic back in March, atoning for his only career loss behind the same filly when luckless in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast back in January.
Impressive in his two recent trial wins, the latest by nearly four lengths over 1050m at Randwick on August 25, Farnan presents fresh and ready to fire as the class horse in The Run To The Rose field.
Drawn barrier six with Hugh Bowman to ride, he looks a genuine chance to give co-trainer Waterhouse her third win in the past 20 years following her previous success with Squamosa (2010) and the outstanding Pierro (2012) who was also a Slipper winner for the stable.
Jumping from barrier two with veteran Queensland Jim Byrne aboard, the Brisbane-based Rothesay gelding went out a back-to-back Eagle Farm winner in the winter.
Rothfire was last seen charging home for a dominant Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) win over the mile by over three lengths in early June.
He’s been brought on fitness wise with a winning Doomben trial in early August and is a first-up specialist having won all three of his previous first-up assignments to date ahead of his interstate debut on the weekend.
Following closely on the third line of The Run To The Rose betting at $4.80 is the rails-drawn North Pacific.
Hawkes Racing’s boom colt boasts the fitness edge on his rivals having won his two previous starts this campaign and gets things his way from the inside alley with ace hoop James McDonald in the saddle.
The progressive son of Brazen Beau ran third to Farnan in the Silver Slipper during the autumn and hasn’t put a foot wrong since.
His last start at Randwick was in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) at month ago where he blitzed his rivals by five lengths on a Heavy (10) track.
North Pacific is now out to prove his versatility on firmer ground over less distance having been kept fresh in the four weeks since the big win.
Team Hawkes also saddle-up the race roughie Ole Kirk ($26) in gate five with Tommy Berry booked to ride.
The Written Tycoon colt comes off a distant second behind brilliant young sprint star Anders in the Listed The Rosebud (1100m) from August 8.
The current The Run To The Rose market mover backed in from $10 to $7 is then So You Think colt Peltzer for Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou.
A winner of three of his four starts to date, Peltzer was undefeated coming into the spring before finishing second behind The Rosebud winner Anders in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) a fortnight ago.
The John Thompson-trained Mamaragan ($8.50) rounds out the single-figure fancies before Peter & Paul Snowden’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ – Champagne Stakes double winner King’s Legacy presents the value at $21 on the drift.
Mamaragan is a perennial third-placegetter having finished off the trifecta in his last three starts.
A Group 2 winner on debut in Randwick’s Group 2 Skyline Stakes the Wandjina colt went on to run third in the Golden Slipper and ATC Sires’ behind Farnan and King’s Legacy respectively in the autumn.
His spring kick-off produced another frustrating minor place behind Anders and Peltzer in the San Domenico, but there’s money for him to get back to winning form at good price on Saturday.
2020 The Run To The Rose Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||110111x||FARNAN||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Hugh Bowman||6||58.5kg||104|
|2||315x911x||KING’S LEGACY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Jason Collett||4||58.5kg||102|
|3||11x112x11x||ROTHFIRE||Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||2||58.5kg||100|
|4||133×3||MAMARAGAN||John Thompson||Nash Rawiller||5||57.5kg||92|
|5||3×11||NORTH PACIFIC||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||1||57kg||85|
|6||1343×2||OLE KIRK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||7||56kg||80|
|7||111×2||PELTZER||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||Kerrin McEvoy||3||55kg||84|
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