Run To The Rose 2011 To Re-Build Bossdon City

July 20th, 2011

The Run To The Rose 2011 could well be redemption day for Bossdon City just as much as it is for Brett Cavanough.

The trainer says he made mistakes with his horse last preparation and through his race selections he probably took the shine off his prospect.

Bossdon City came up against Godspeed on debut, Godspeed was the Easter yearling sales most lucrative horse, he was bought for $1,875,000.

Bossdon City was worth just a fraction of that but it didn’t stop him sticking it to the blue blood and winning at his first track start.

Since then though things went downhill, he failed to win again, in fact he failed to so much as score a minor.

After his win Cavanough said he thought his horse was worth up to $400,000, but with three failures in a row he’ll need a huge lift to justify that sort of money.

Despite that he’ll run in the 2011 Run To The Rose with the $1 million Golden Rose well and truly on the table.

”Look, when he beat Godspeed, that was the best I had him,” he said.

”He was set for the race and won as we expected. It qualified him for the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper, and if I was smart I should have backed off and [then] had a crack at them. But he is racehorse not a poodle, so we raced him.”

His trip to Melbourne for the Blue Diamond was billed as a solid match race between him and Sepoy, in reality though Sepoy blew him away and the rest of the field to boot.

”When I saw Sepoy I knew I had seen the best two-year-old of the year,” Cavanough said. ”We pushed on after that run but he was over the top when he came back to Sydney [in the Silver Slipper]. The idea of coming back now is to dodge some of the smart ones and get back winning.”

Bossdon City has already clocked up a fair few kilometres, but that’s all part fo the game according to his trainer.

”When you have a good horse you have to travel,” he said.

‘This fellow is a good horse, so he has seen plenty of the back of the truck.

”Whether he gets to the Golden Rose remains to be seen, but we are going to give him the chance to get there. I think he is back to where I had him before that first start, and the BOBS on this race make it very attractive because you’re racing for $62,000 to the winner.”

Cavanough is a massive advocate for the BOBS scheme and says without it country racing would suffer.

”If you are going to buy a horse in NSW, the first thing you do is make sure it is a BOBS horse because it makes such a big difference,” he said.

”You get a bonus on every race in the state, and without it, country racing would be dead. We race for about $3000 to the winner at secondary country meetings, but add a $5000 BOBS bonus and a win pays for a preparation. You get a nice horse like Bossdon City and you get the chance to come to Sydney and pick up the big bonuses – it’s great.”

The 2011 Run To The Rose is shaping as a cracking event with the stakes very high for all concerned.

It’s the entry path to Sydney’s most lucrative spring race, the Golden Rose so nerves will no doubt be running high on race day.
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