O’Shea Chipping For 2011 Golden Rose Glory

August 8th, 2011

As stables across the country begin to unveil their spring hopefuls John O’Shea will add to the list when his team gets back on track in the coming weeks.

The 2011 Golden Rose is one of his major aims with a squad that’s relying heavily on three year old glory.

Foxwedge and Elite Falls lead his team on the back of promising two year old campaigns where both horses produced black type victories.

Foxwedge will be hoping to add a second win to his bad this weekend when he runs first up in the San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.

Just a week later it will be Elite Falls turn in the spotlight when she runs in the Silver Shadow Stakes at Warwick Farm.

”They are the strength of my stable and how they go will decide how my spring goes,” O’Shea said.

”Foxwedge will have a couple of runs into the Golden Rose, which is his main target. I think that 1400 metres is going to be his pet distance, the way he has come back.

”Elite Falls will wait until the Silver Shadow and will probably race through the Princess Series.”

Many horses will only have the single run before embarking on the $1 million Golden Rose, the thought process being that it allows them to push on further into the Melbourne spring.

For Foxwedge though he’ll squeeze in another start in The Run To The Rose, O’Shea saying he needs at least two solid hit outs to get back to his best.

”There is a lot of improvement left in him but he will be competitive on Saturday,” O’Shea said.

”I think going into the Rose third-up will be perfect for him. He will be at his top for that.”

The high level of focus O’Shea is putting on the Golden Rose certainly makes Foxwedge one to watch, the trainer treading a different path in 2011 to what he has previously.

Last year he was touted as a Melbourne Cup hopeful, that dream failing to eventuate and resulting in a new strategy.

”Jessicabeel has been retired and Zabrasive has only just come back into work, so it is going to be different this year,” he said.

Another horse which could become a crucial part of his team is the untried filly Quackquack.

She was due to run first up back in the autumn but after an incident in the barriers she was a late scratching.

O’Shea says he thinks she’s more of an autumn horse than a spring horse but until she is sighted under race conditions you can never really be sure.

”She will be a very nice filly in the autumn, but you have to get some runs into them and this is a good place to start,” O’Shea said.

”She’s done a lot of barrier work at Shipton Lodge and has trialled well, so I don’t think [her barrier manners] will be a problem.”

Helping her cause is the ride of star New Zealand apprentice James McDonald.

McDonald is set to build up consistent relationship with the O’Shea stable over the spring period and at Randwick this Saturday he’ll be hoping to kick things off with a winner.

”It is just another step on getting him comfortable here and he will tell us when he is ready to come here, hopefully,” O’Shea said.

”He has a commitment to [the Rogerson stable] horse [Scarlett Lady] for the spring but we are hoping to see a bit more of him in Sydney during the spring when he doesn’t have to ride it.

”My stable is very lucky to be able to call on form riders like Nash [Rawiller] and Christian [Reith] but to add James to the mix would be great.”

The Golden Rose betting markets are likely to fluctuate wildly over the next few weeks with the performances of horses such as Foxwedge first up likely to have quite a major impact.

If you fancy Foxwedge as a bit of a chance in the 2011 Golden Rose then it’s best to get on now because a win first up will likely see his quote plummet into single figures.

You can find all you need by visiting Luxbet now where futures odds see Foxwedge at a healthy $10 quote.

Sepoy remains the Golden Rose favourite narrowly ahead of Smart Missile and Helmet.

For full 2011 Golden Rose odds visit Luxbet today!