Smart Missile on Track to Win Golden Rose Stakes 2011

August 30th, 2011

Explosive Sydney galloper Smart Missile made an exhilarating return to racing last Saturday, August 27, taking out the Run To The Rose and confirming his favouritism to win the 2011 Golden Rose Stakes next month.

The Anthony Cummings-trained Fastnet Rock three-year-old maintained his unbeaten status with a thrilling last-to-first victory in the $125,000 Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill, beating a quality field of fellow Golden Rose-bound rivals.

2011 Golden Rose Odds

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After looking in trouble with 200 metres left to travel in the traditional Golden Rose lead-up, Smart Missile produced a breathtaking late burst of acceleration, rarely seen in such a lightly-raced galloper, to run down the John O’Shea-trained Foxwedge and win by a quarter-length.

“It was an amazing effort to get up and win,” Cummings said after Saturday’s success.

Finishing off the Run To The Rose trifecta was Peter Snowden’s dual Group 1 winner Helmet.

The top trio are all set to face off again on September 9 in the opening Group One of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m).

Having won all three of their race starts so far, Smart Missile is now raging favourite to win their first elite level sitting top of the 2011 Golden Rose odds at Luxbet at a firming quote of $2.20.

Jockey Glen Boss, aboard for the Run To The Rose win last weekend, was all aboard the Smart Missile bandwagon tipping him as the definite horse to beat in this year’s Golden Rose.

“You have seen the birth of a superstar,” Boss said of Smart Missile.

“I used to rate his sire Fastnet Rock as the best three-year-old sprinter I’d ridden, but this colt is better.

“He’s a freak.”

Helmet follows in the Golden Rose futures odds at $5, with Snowden tipping them to peak later in the spring when they step up in distance for the Melbourne Spring Carnival features including the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8.

After winning the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) first-up on August 13 and then running a brave second in the Run To The Rose, Foxwedge is also well-liked in the Golden Rose betting paying $8.

O’Shea remains confident that come Golden Rose Day Foxwedge can step up and emerge the upset Golden Rose winner.

“Going into the Golden Rose third-up, we will be up on the speed and hopefully be further in front (of Smart Missile),” O’Shea said.

“I love going into Group Ones third-up.

“We wouldn’t swap our bloke.

“They’ve got a talented racehorse (in Smart Missile) and they deserve the accolades they are going to get.

“But don’t worry, we’re happy with our fellow and we’re going into the race thinking we can win.”

Foxwedge is equal odds with the up-and-coming Ron Leemon-trained Manawanui, who is not currently nominated for the race.

It is expected connections of Manawanui will pay the $50,000 late entry fee to get them into the Golden Rose field, which they have until Monday September 5 to do.

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