Run to the Rose: El Divino. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛Fresh from a first-up win on Winx, Hugh Bowman will join the next generation of the family when he rides El Divino in Saturday’s Run To The Rose at Rosehill as a lead-in to next month’s Golden Rose.
Winx did what was expected in the Warwick Stakes. She is now fully mature and ready for a big preparation aimed at the Cox Plate. Bowman said the Street Cry mare’s 10th consecutive win was impressive and left him feeling it was the fastest she had been with him in the saddle.
“She’s stronger and more powerful,” he said. “She was so relaxed going to the barriers and it is just good to be part of it.”
Black Caviar used to drag good horses along with her and Winx did the same thing to take group 1 gallopers out of their comfort zone, while still on the bridle before a little squeeze from Bowman took her advantage to 3¼ lengths on the line.
Like Black Caviar with All Too Hard, Winx has a younger sibling emerging behind her, which could become a stallion if things go right in the next couple of weeks.
El Divino, a son of Snitzel, is unbeaten in two starts and well in the market for the Golden Rose, which is the group 1 Widden Stud was looking for when they took a share in the colt.
Bowman has been booked for Saturday and the Golden Rose for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained El Divino and a raceday gallop at Randwick on Saturday gave him confidence about what is to come in the spring.
Bowman has ridden the colt in both his barrier trials this time in. El Divino cleared out with Capitalist in the first barrier trial but the second one, a third to Southern Legend, didn’t tell Bowman much about him. Saturday’s test was the one in which the champion jockey got what he wanted from the colt.
“I have only been on him the three times and that last trial was inconclusive because he couldn’t get happy on the track,” Bowman said. “The first trial was good but he gave me the feel I wanted in that gallop [on Saturday].
“He is very powerful and between the 600 and 300. As he got into the work he felt very strong. We will find out more about him on Saturday but he is nice ride.”
The Run To The Rose will give the strongest form reference for the Golden Rose as Godolphin use it as the starting point of the spring for Astern, Telperion, Impending and Tessera.
Impending has been at the top of betting for the Rose after impressing at recent barrier trials and Brenton Avdulla will ride, with Godolphin’s retained jockey James McDonald taking the mount on Astern.
Jason Collet gets the sit on Telperion, which was fourth in the Golden Slipper and runner-up in the Sires Produce Stakes, while Kathy O’Hara will ride Tessera.
“With due respect to the horses we have already seen, I think this is the race which will tell you the most about the Rose,” Godolphin trainer John O’Shea said. “There are a lot of good ones coming out to play.”
San Domenico Stakes winner Star Turn and Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Mediterranean, an eye-catching Rosebud runner-up, will be among the entries for Saturday’s group 2 over 1200m, with Tommy Berry and Blake Shinn respectively to ride them.
Divine Prophet and Omei Sword share top billing in Golden Rose betting at $7 with Ladbrokes after their commanding victories in the Up And Coming Stakes and Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
Golden Rose market
$7 Divine Prophet, Omei Sword
$9 Star Turn, Yankee Rose
$11 El Divino, Mediterranean
$13 Derryn, Telperion
$15 Good Standing.
Others $17 and better
Market courtesy Ladbrokes
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