2016 Golden Rose Stakes An Option for Thronum

July 20th, 2016

Thronum has continued to stamp himself as a serious 2016 Golden Rose Stakes prospect with a commanding performance for success in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on July ninth.

Jockey Tommy Berry and trainer Gai Waterhouse have experienced plenty of success in partnership through recent seasons. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jockey Tommy Berry and trainer Gai Waterhouse have experienced plenty of success in partnership through recent seasons. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jumping from the gates well, Thronum was allowed to stride forward by jockey Tommy Berry and take an ideal position in transit on the heels of the early leaders in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1200m).

Receiving an ideal run in transit and tracking into the race well rounding onto the final straight, the Snitzel colt immediately responded when asked for an extra effort by Berry; producing a smart turn of foot to find the line more than three lengths ahead of closest rival Morton’s Fork, on a track rated in the heavy range.

Berry credited trainer Gai Waterhouse’s impressive ability to get the best from juveniles in the meteoric rise of Thronum and is confident the horse will only improve on a dry track, leading into a possible 2016 Golden Rose Stakes campaign.

“He’s a fantastic type, carries himself really well and I’m convinced he has improvement to come,” Berry told The Daily Telegraph.

“Whether he’s up to winning a Golden Rose, I’m not sure. But the race on Saturday looks to have some handy horses engaged and if he can beat them again like he did the other day, he’d certainly be on the right track.

“It was a convincing win last start on a heavy track and it’s unlikely Canterbury will be that wet.

“But I reckon he’ll appreciate the drier surface. He gave me a nice feel the other day, like a horse that had more to come.

“She’s (Waterhouse) a freak when it comes to two-year-olds.

“And with Thronum she has given the horse the time he has needed and the rewards are there. He’s unbeaten in two starts and will be hard to beat again this week.”

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Thronum immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow when taking out the Riley O’Shea Go Go’s Maiden (1000m) on June 25th, in what was his only other competitive start prior to the TAB Rewards Handicap.

Thronum is currently available at early 2016 Golden Rose Stakes odds of $26 for success.

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