Foxwedge & Bossdon City On Track To 2011 Golden Rose

July 18th, 2011

Two early hopes have been identified for the 2011 Golden Rose with their respective trainers confirming the $1 million contest as the major target.

Promising juveniles Foxwedge and Bossdon City are well into their training programs with trials and first up runs now not too far away.

Foxwedge will in fact have his first trial tomorrow at Randwick as he draws closer to his race fitness.

Trainer John O’Shea  has confirmed him as a Golden Rose starter and tomorrow’s 740m trial will be his first run since finishing seventh in the 2011 Golden Slipper.

“He looks really good and I’m very happy with him,” O’Shea said.

“He’s big and strong. His main target will be third-up into the Golden Rose.”

His first race start of the new season will be in the San Domenico Stakes on August 13th.

The Golden Rose will be a very important test with O’Shea harbouring hopes of a Melbourne start later in the carnival in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Foxwedge has won two of his four career starts and also placed at Group 2 level behind Smart Missile and Sepoy in the Todman Stakes.

Joining him in Sydney’s biggest spring event will be Bossdon City, a Brett Cavanough trained runner with mixed two year old results.

He debuted at Rosehill back in January and the signs were good as he won the race ahead of the much fancied $1.85 million dollar yearling Godspeed.

”Look, when he beat Godspeed, that was the best I had him,” Cavanough said.

”He was set for the race and won as we expected.

“It qualified him for the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper, and if I was smart I should have backed off and (then) had a crack at them.

“But he is racehorse not a poodle, so we raced him.”

His start in the Blue Diamond Preview wasn’t as impressive as he languished six lengths off Sepoy in fifth.

”When I saw Sepoy I knew I had seen the best two-year-old of the year,” Cavanough said.

”We pushed on after that run but he was over the top when he came back to Sydney (in the Silver Slipper).

“The idea of coming back now is to dodge some of the smart ones and get back winning.”

His last four runs haven’t returned so much as a minor prize but fresh off a spell Cavanough hopes the Golden Rose will be well within reach.

”When you have a good horse you have to travel,” he said.

“This fellow is a good horse, so he has seen plenty of the back of the truck.

”Whether he gets to the Golden Rose remains to be seen, but we are going to give him the chance to get there.”

The route they will take is a direct one, Bossdon City entered for the Group 3 Run To The Rose in a couple of weeks time.

“I think he is back to where I had him before that first start, and the BOBS on this race make it very attractive because you’re racing for $62,000 to the winner.”

”If you are going to buy a horse in NSW, the first thing you do is make sure it is a BOBS horse because it makes such a big difference,” he said.

”You get a bonus on every race in the state, and without it, country racing would be dead.

“We race for about $3000 to the winner at secondary country meetings, but add a $5000 BOBS bonus and a win pays for a preparation.

“You get a nice horse like Bossdon City and you get the chance to come to Sydney and pick up the big bonuses – it’s great.”