Divine Prophet and Omei Sword storm into Golden Rose contention

Easing home: Tommy Berry rides Divine Prophet to win the Up And Coming Stakes. Photo: Bradleyphotos苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛 Streets ahead: Brenton Avdulla rides Omei Sword to win the Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Bradleyphotos苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛
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After producing brilliant finishes at Randwick on Saturday, Divine Prophet and Omei Sword were lifted to the top of Golden Rose betting but neither are assured of starting in next month’s group 1.

Divine Prophet came from last to run down Derryn in the Up And Coming Stakes before Omei Sword made a one-act affair of the Silver Shadow Stakes.

Both appear to be heading towards a mile and beyond, so the Golden Rose makes sense but is not necessarily the preferred option. Divine Prophet was made the $6 Golden Rose favourite after his devastating win, while Omei Sword slipped on the second line of betting at $8 with San Domenico winner Star Turn.

“I don’t want to go to 1200m again, because she needs to step up, so the Golden Rose is an option but the Tea Rose Stakes in four weeks is probably our first choice at the moment,” Waller said of Omei Sword.

“We will see how she comes through it and make a decision because that was impressive.”

Omei Sword won by 3-1/2 lengths from Bacarella with a very confident Brenton Avdulla swinging on her to the line.

“I helped her up the rise and then let her go and she did the rest,” Avdulla said. “She is going to get better over more ground and there is still a bit of improvement there.”

It was dominant win but when matched against the Divine Prophet was probably left in the shadows. For the second time in two weeks, Team Hawkes produced a colt that had taken significant improvement into his three-year-old season.

Star Turn was powerful in the San Domenico, while Divine Prophet was simply sizzling late.

He was still last at the 200m but launched down the centre and it had Tommy Berry comparing him to the TJ Smith from the autumn.

“I know it sounds silly but it kind of reminded me of Chautauqua in the TJ. I was still last at the 200m and as soon as I pulled the stick through the my right hand and gave him a little tickle with that he was right,” Berry said.

“He is a miler as well so he is going to get over further and might even stretch out the 2000m.”

Divine Prophet is a brother to Proisir, which was runner-up to It’s A Dundeel in the Spring Champion Stakes and Randwick Guineas and also ran eighth in the Cox Plate.

Trainer John Hawkes has a couple of bullets to fire in the Golden Rose and knows it is a long spring.  “He showed a little bit of promise as a young horse and he has gone the right way and trained on and it was a good strong win,” Hawkes said.

“I think he will improve a bit, it’s only his first run back and he has a long way to go through the spring but we will just take it one step at a time.”

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