Patinack Has Only One Boy On Golden Rose Tour

August 23rd, 2011

The 2011 Golden Rose is an event that is made for Peter Snowden and his Darley juggernaut.

They won every two year old Group 1 of last season and their top chargers have lost absolutely nothing since returning as three year olds.

They’ve pinpointed the three year old series across the spring carnival as their main priority and given that nothing came close to them as juveniles it’s hard to see much changing in the short break between seasons.

Of course there is one group that would like to change all that and that’s arch rivals Patinack Farm.

They were bitterly disappointed with their two year old results last season and they’ve invested a lot of time in trying to close the gap.

One area they simply can’t make up ground in though is the size of their team.

While Darley are so strong they can even afford to leave Sepoy out of their Golden Rose squad, the same can’t be said for Patinack Farm.

They are struggling to simply muster a realistic chance, in fact when final acceptances are made they’ll have only the one runner in the Golden Rose field.

Boys On Tour will be the horse carrying Tinkler’s flag with their other leading three year old Pane In The Glass to be left for the princess series.

“Boys On Tour has always been our number one pick for the Golden Rose,” Patinack Farm racing manager Robyn Hartney said.

It’s a lot of pressure on a horse that was purely outclass as a two year old and he needs to find a mountain of ground to come back at a competitive Group 1 standard.

He ran first up in the San Domenico Stakes and he showed he still wasn’t quite there finishing around three lengths off the winner Foxwedge.

That being said he was picking up ground late so there’s a bit of hope he’ll be suited to the race conditions in the Golden Rose.

Christian Reith thinks so, the leading Sydney jockey has chosen to stick on him for the million dollar race which in itself is a big endorsement.

“Christian actually rang and asked if he could keep the ride on him because he was that impressed with the way he raced,” Hartney said.

As a two year old Boys On Tour couldn’t match it with the top guns after winning a maiden at Newcastle, however he did run second in the Pago Pago Stakes.

“His first preparation was pretty arduous and we thought he did a fantastic job,” Hartney said.

“Everyone at Randwick is saying he has improved a lot and how much more mentally switched on he is this preparation.

“All the signs are there that he is going to be competitive on Saturday.”

Boys On Tour’s lead up to the Golden Rose will continue this weekend when he contest the Run To The Rose.

He’ll get a good taste of the standard he needs to beat as well with Darley’s Golden Rose pick Helmet having his first up start.

Also in the mix is the flashy Anise and Magic Millions Champion Karuta Queen.

The early favourite though belongs to Anthony Cummings who  saddles up Smart Missile for his first start since being controversially scratched at the stalls of the Golden Slipper.

Online bookmakers are already taking bets on the Golden Rose and at Luxbet you’ll find great value about Boys On Tour.

One big advantage he has is the fact he’s all but certain to start in the race with plenty above him not even being targeted towards it.

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