O’SHEA PONDERS RUN TO THE ROSE TEAM
Sarajevo Expected To Improve For First-Up Run
Godolphin trainer John O’Shea is hopeful Sarajevo (Lonhro) will show significant improvement from his Listed fourth when lining up in The Run To The Rose (Gr 3, 1200m) at Rosehill and cement himself among the leading hopefuls for the Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m).
Sarajevo appeared set to benefit physically from his first-up fourth in The Rosebud (Listed, 1200m) on 9 August and the newly appointed Godolphin trainer O’Shea believes his twice-raced colt has made significant improvements since then.
“He has made tremendous improvement since his first run,” O’Shea told ANZ Bloodstock News. “We are very hopeful of a big run from him.”
Sarajevo has made two racecourse appearances to date, winning on debut over 1100 metres at Randwick-Kensington in April.
Maher Has High Hopes For Spring Team
Trainer Ciaron Maher feels he has never been better placed to make an impact on the spring racing scene.
Maher enjoyed success in the autumn, with Srikandi (Dubawi) taking out the Glenlogan Park Stakes (Gr 3, 1350m) before running a length third in the Stradbroke Handicap (Gr 1, 1400m).
Mr O'Ceirin (Postponed) performed consistently at Group level, while Akavoroun (Lacryma Cristi) enjoyed a strong preparation, winning four of five starts, including the CRV Winter Championship Final (Listed, 1600m).
In addition, Maher is also preparing stakes-placed colt Light Up Manhattan (Manhattan Rain) and the imported Group Two placegetter Kapour (Toylsome), who is yet to make his Australian debut. Fellow import Marksmanship (Galileo) won three races in succession in June and July.
Kirramosa Not A Certain Rosehill Runner
VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Kirramosa (Alamosa) is not a certain starter in Saturday’s Quaddie Handicap (1500m) at Rosehill. Trainer John Sargent said: "I'd like to run her if I can. It would work out well because it's three weeks after her first run and it would be three weeks to the George Main. But I would like to see the track come back to slow." If the ground is not suitable Sargent will run the four-year-old mare in the Tramway Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) on 6 September before heading to her main target, the George Main Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m).