Only seven runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), in what will be the first meeting of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading three-year-old racehorses.
Hallowed Crown posted a second Group 1 victory when comfortably taking out the Randwick Guineas (1600m) two weeks ago, and has been confirmed for a maiden 2000m tilt in the 2015 Rosehill Guineas.
Taking out a minor over 1150m on debut before making a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), Hallowed Crown returned to racing in spring for success in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) before posting his first Group 1 win in the Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
Having taken out the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) leading into his Randwick Guineas triumph, all signs seem to point towards a successful step-up to 2000m for the 2015 Rosehill Guineas.
Sweynesse has placed second to Hallowed Crown in each of his two competitive starts this time, and is sure to relish the step-up to 2000m for the 2015 Rosehill Guineas.
Delivering the re-branded Godolphin Australia their first black type win when taking out the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) early in spring, Sweynesse continued to impress in winning the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and placing third in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) before posting the fastest final section of all 14 runners when finishing a credible eighth in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 25th.
Allocated barrier 5, jockey James McDonald has been confirmed to partner the Lonhro colt on Saturday.
Talented Kiwi Mongolian Khan has been set for the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships, and will contest his first race across the ditch in Saturday’s 2015 Rosehill Guineas.
Unable to match the late pace when eleventh in the Group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas (1400m) in early October, Mongolian Khan has since been unstoppable; taking out all of the Listed Jester Pies (2100m), Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) on his way to success in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) last time out.
Having saddled It’s A Dundeel to notable staying success in Australia over the last few years, trainer Murray Baker is confident the Holy Roman Emperor colt has the talent for further success this autumn, beginning on Saturday.
Having finished in the minors behind Mongolian Khan in his two most recent races, Volkstok’N’Barrell will also make an Australian racing debut in the 2015 Rosehill Guineas.
Posting five wins and three minor place finishes from his eight start career so far, Volkstok’N’Barrell has won all of the Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m), Group 1 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) and Listed Karaka Mile this time in and is a more than capable of maiden Group 1 success on Saturday.
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2015 Rosehill Guineas Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11x114x11||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||7||56.5kg||109|
|2||7322421×06||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||1||56.5kg||103|
|3||1011111||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||6||56.5kg||105|
|4||1x11138x22||SWEYNESSE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||5||56.5kg||105|
|5||x834118x96||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||Joshua Parr||4||56.5kg||100|
|6||311×11132||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan||Craig Williams||2||56.5kg||100|
|7||6x42238x67||POUNAMU||Allan Denham||Glyn Schofield||3||56.5kg||70|