The Rosehill Guineas 2015 in Sydney during the autumn is a likely new season aim for Hampton Court with connections of the Gai Waterhouse-trained colt confident he can run out a strong 2000m.
A three-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice, Hampton Court was last seen running seven lengths away eighth behind Preferment in the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) when well beaten as the $2.45 favourite.
Waterhouse’s racing manager Adrian Bott however told the Racing Network on Tuesday that the “jury was still out” on that performance with some obvious excuses.
“The jury is still out on the Victoria Derby as there was a howling wind there that day and he was out facing it most of the way, so we haven’t really concluded that he didn’t stay,” he said.
“His win before that in the Spring Champion Stakes was quite stunning, so we know he’ll run a strong 2000 metres.”
Before the Derby failure the star youngster was in top form winning two on the trot at Randwick Racecourse including an impressive two and a half length victory over First Seal in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 11.
That was the $500,000 yearling’s third career win following success at Newcastle as a two-year-old back in March and his Spring Champion lead-up when Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira guided him to victory over Duccio in the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m).
Bott is confident Hampton Court, now in pre-training, will come back an even stronger galloper in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and that there are plenty of options of where to take him.
“I expect he will be back in the stable in the next week or two,” Bott said.
“He’s had a nice spell and from all reports he’s done very well and we expect to see him back here in the next week or two.”
Exact autumn plans are still being mapped out for the Group 1 winner but one thing Bott and co are sure of is his ability to run out 2000m, as proven in the Spring Champion Stakes.
That brings into contention the $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on Golden Sipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday March 21, 2015, a race Waterhouse won back in 2012 with Laser Hawk.
“We haven’t made any decision on what his aims will be for the autumn,” Bott said.
“There are many options for a high-quality three-year-old in the autumn so we’ll make those decisions once we see how he has come back and Gai will determine where she goes with him.”
Last year’s Rosehill Guineas winner was the David Payne-trained Criterion who travelled into the race on the back of an eighth behind Dissident in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) a fortnight before, that race another obvious target for Hampton Court in Sydney.
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