Twelve Confirmed in 2016 Run To The Rose Field

August 24th, 2016

Twelve three-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field of Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; highlighted by the confirmation of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

El Divino (inside) and Astern (outside) will recommence their rivalry in Saturday's Group 2 Run To The Rose. Photo: Steve Hart

El Divino (inside) and Astern (outside) will recommence their rivalry in Saturday’s Group 2 Run To The Rose. Photo: Steve Hart

Astern and El Divino both returned to the paddock after dead-heating the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships, and the classy colts will pick up where they left off after each being confirmed in the 2016 Run To The Rose field.

Astern immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow via a smart performance to win the Surf Meets The Turf Plate (1000m) in December, and was put away with a view towards major two-year-old targets in autumn.

Resuming for success in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) on February 20th, the Medaglia D’Oro colt failed to make anything of an impression when eleventh in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) but atoned for the performance in the Kindergarten Stakes.

Out of prominent broodmare Vegas Showgirl, El Divino immediately stamped himself as one to watch with a dominant performance for a five length victory in a Gosford minor on debut, in what was his only other competitive start prior to the Kindergarten Stakes.

Astern (barrier 3) and El Divino (barrier 1) have both drawn favourably, and the pair will be tough to beat with leading hoops James McDonald and Hugh Bowman in the saddle respectively.

Chris Waller has confirmed he will launch a two-pronged attack in the race after accepting positions for both Nikitas and Cellarman in the Run To The Rose field.

Debuting to racing under the care of Queensland trainer Kelso Wood, Nikitas won the Canadian Club Handicap (1200m) at Doomben by five lengths before running third in the Group 3 McLachlan Stakes (1200m) and second to Capitalist in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2.y.o Guineas (1200m).

Clearly requiring a run when eighth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) first-up in winter, the Snitzel colt ran third in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (13500m) before failing to fire in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).

Nikitas should find a good position off pace from barrier 7 and will be partnered by notable hoop Tye Angland.

Cellarman steadily built to the task through four starts in autumn and winter and may require a run to find form this time.

Running second in a pair of minor Sydney sprints, the Mossman colt has not been seen at the races since taking out the Listed Wintergarden Stakes (1400m) on June 25th.

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2016 The Run To The Rose Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x101x ASTERN John O’Shea James McDonald 3 58kg 88
2 2x105x GOOD STANDING James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10 58kg 84
3 11x EL DIVINO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 88
4 31x256x1 STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 5 57kg 86
5 114x TESSERA John O’Shea Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 57kg 80
6 210×5 MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ) Tony Noonan Joshua Parr 2 57kg 75
7 3x1442x TELPERION John O’Shea Jason Collett 11 56kg 88
8 132x830x NIKITAS Chris Waller Tye Angland 7 56kg 79
9 55×12 MEDITERRANEAN Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 9 56kg 73
10 13x IMPENDING John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 6 56kg 72
11 6221x CELLARMAN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 56kg 69
12 2231 GADFLY Paul Perry Tim Clark 12 56kg 64