The Elite Line Up For 2011 Golden Rose

July 26th, 2011

After making a good impression over the Autumn season Elite Falls is on track for her first Group 1 victory when she launches a raid on the 2011 Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens later in the year.

Elite Falls made her name through an ongoing dual with Satin Shoes as well as a tough fought third place finish in the 2011 Golden Slipper.

Trained by John O’Shea, Elite Falls is destined for Sydney’s richest spring race and on form she may be one which can upset the heavily fancied Sepoy.

She will debut towards the end of August in the Silver Shadow Stakes with a barrier trial two weeks earlier.

That will see her coming into peak fitness when she tackles the Golden rose on September 10th.

Elite Falls showed her talent in the Golden Slipper when she was dead last from a bad gate as they made the swing for him.

She found a run up along the inside and motored home into third place with not enough ground to reel in the leaders.

Whether she would have caught Sepoy or not over extra distance is up for debate but the way she ran out the final furlong gives plenty of promise for the future.

This could only be  increased by the time off where all reports are that she’s looking even bigger and stronger.

Elite Falls had seven starts as a two year old which returned two wins, the biggest in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes at Rosehill just before the Golden Slipper.

She also twice ran second to Stain Shoes when she was in her prime earlier in the campaign.

O’Shea says she’s done brilliantly in the spelling paddock and that she’s not far off her return.

“She will probably trial in the next few weeks,” O’Shea said.

“I’ll give her the one trial and she’ll go first-up into the Silver Shadow.”

The Silver Shadow Stakes is a Group 3 contest which will give a great read on her form leading into the Golden Rose.

It’s likely she’ll get two chances at Group 1 level this spring as well with the Flight Stakes within her range on October 1st.

She will go the conventional fillies’ path to the Flight Stakes,” O’Shea said.

In her first few runs Elite Falls couldn’t find a stable jockey with a different rider on her back every start.

That changed towards the end with Jim Cassidy finding a semi permanent spot, something he’s hoping to keep throughout the Sydney carnival as well.

“I’m riding for anyone that wants me; John O’Shea, he has got Elite Falls coming back,” Cassidy said.

She’s not the only rising three year old returning for O’Shea either with Foxwedge having his first trail last week, a win over 728m at Randwick.

His first up target will be the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill on August 13th.

Foxwedge had just three starts as a two year old but showed a heap of promise against good quality fields.

He won first up at Warwick Farm in the Clarry Conners Plate before running third behind Smart Missile in the Group 2 Todman and then seventh in the Golden Slipper.

Nash Rawiller rode all three of those starts and is expected to keep up his relationship when the new season commences.

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