2016 Run To The Rose Vital for Star Turn

August 17th, 2016

Jockey Tommy Berry believes that the 2016 Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) will figure as a major campaign linchpin for classy three-year-old Star Turn.

Star Turn will contest the 2016 Run To The Rose second-up. Photo: Steve Hart

Star Turn will contest the 2016 Run To The Rose second-up. Photo: Steve Hart

Star Turn stamped himself as a colt to follow off the back of several impressive performances in autumn, but had clearly taken plenty of benefit from his time in the paddock when he returned for a dominant win over the like of Golden Slipper champion Capitalist in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1100m) at Randwick over the weekend.

Berry told Racing Ahead that he and trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes were thrilled the Star Witness colt was able to translate his form in work to the race track, and revealed the 2016 Run To The Rose is likely to dictate whether or not he remain at sprint trip during the Spring Carnival.

“It’s not very often you can get to 200m having not let the horse go yet, so it’s a great feeling,” Berry said.

“He’s come back really well this horse, he’s really matured into a nice colt but he had to. He was very immature last preparation and was doing a lot wrong.

“He’s come in and put the foot down, and showed us what he’s got.

“Between myself and the Hawkes team, after his work on Tuesday morning we thought he was pretty much unbeatable. It sounds pretty cocky saying that going up against Capitalist but we knew how horse our horse was going and knew he’d made the necessary improvement.

“I’ve always thought he’d run a mile and so have the Hawkes team. He’s sprinting so well at the moment it wouldn’t surprise me if they just kept him to the sprint trips over the spring.

“Obviously the Golden Rose is an option and the Coolmore is an option further into the spring.

“I’m tipping the Run To The Rose will probably be a lead-up to wherever he goes next. I think he will get out to a trip but maybe at this stage they might just keep him to the sprints.”

Star Turn debuted to racing for third in the Kirkham Plate (1000m) at Randwick in October last year; progressing to a maiden win in the Pierro Plate (1100m) before returning to the paddock with a view towards major two-year-old targets in autumn.

Resuming this year for second in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G Prelude (1100m), Star Turn ran fifth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) before ending his campaign a credible sixth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).

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