Trainer Desleigh Forster has been thrilled with the condition of I’m Belucci this time and is confident the three-year-old is peaking in form leading into Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
I’m Belucci has been a strong and consistent performer for Forster since first appearing on course competitively at the beginning of 2015; posting a commendable one win and four minors through only eight starts.
A proven performer over 2000m in Sydney, Forster told Bloodstock.com.au she was thrilled with the Captain Sonador gelding’s last start performance for fourth in the Allan Rohde 60th Handicap (1600m) at Doomben on February 27th and is confident he is primed for the 2016 Rosehill Guineas.
“That was exactly what we wanted from him. I’m Belucci had to go a mile back to get anywhere near the fence and then had to circle the field,” Forster said.
“To make up so much ground in the short Doomben straight was ideal. At this stage we are off to Sydney.”
Notable hoop Michael Cahill has partnered I’m Belucci in his two most recent starts and is confident the horse is ready for a step up in distance and classy for the Rosehill Guineas 2016.
“He is really looking for 2000m now,” Cahill said.
“That was a really good effort,” he added of the horse’s most recent run.
I’m Belucci returned to racing for fourth in the Rawgroup Hospitality Handicap (1200m) on August 29th; progressing to success in the Barrier Reef Pools Maiden Plate (1300m) and third in the Canadian Club Handicap (1600m) before producing undoubtedly a career-best performance to date to finish second to Vanbbrugh in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 10th.
Resuming this time for twelfth in the Magic Millions 3.y.o Guineas (1400m) on January 9th, I’m Belucci ran on for a close second behind Mr Epic in the Adrenalinthorougbreds.com.au Plate (1650m) at Doomben on February 13th, in what was his only other start this time.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Rosehill Guineas odds, for which I’m Belucci can be taken at a quote of $51 for success.