O’Shea Backs Foxwedge Turnaround In Golden Rose

August 30th, 2011

With 50m to go in the Run To The Rose it looked as if Foxwedge was storming to victory and in the process asserting his claims as a real force for the 2011 Golden Rose title.

In a blinking of an eye though Smart Missile loomed up on his outside and blew past him in one of the best runs many punters say they’ve ever seen.

In the process he not only took the Run To The Rose title, he also stole all the momentum leading into the Golden rose as well.

That said though the trainer of Foxwedge John O’Shea says his colt will be far from a stepping stone when they next meet at Rosehill Gardens.

Despite having already had the one run in his campaign O’Shea is more than confident his horse will take plenty out of the Run To The Rose in terms of fitness.

“I tried to make this comment during the week,” O’Shea said.

“Everyone kept saying going into the race (Run To The Rose) that Foxwedge had the fitness edge but I don’t agree with that.

“My bloke sat in a box for seven days last week (after the San Domenico) while it was raining, the favourite was galloping on the course proper on the Sunday.”

Now though he’s had two solid hit outs and the weather looks like giving him a perfect run into the Golden Rose as well.

“I’ll tell you he’ll improve dramatically off the run,” O’Shea said.

“I love going into Group Ones third-up.”

“We wouldn’t swap our bloke, congratulations to the winner (Smart Missile), they’ve got a talented racehorse and they deserve all the accolades they are going to get.

“But don’t worry, we’re happy with our fellow and we’re going to go into the race (Golden Rose) thinking we can win.

“We’ll go on to a fortnight and my bloke will be third-up, coming to a peak and we’re really happy to be putting a saddle on his back.”

It’s unlikely O’Shea will win too many over from the Smart Missile camp though, the hype surrounding the horse is huge and he has the runs on the board to back it up.

“When he got sight of the bunny it was almost arrogant the way he came up to the other horse,” jockey Glen Boss said.

“Gee he is an exciting horse, I just don’t know what he ran his last split in – it was Usain Bolt.”

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