Curtis Confirms 2014 Golden Rose for Press Report

July 8th, 2014

Trainer Lee Curtis is expecting a standout 2014 Spring Racing Carnival from exciting rising three-year-old Press Report, including a tilt at the major Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) on September 13th after completing an exceptional barrier trial on Monday.

Zoustar won the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Golden Rose

Zoustar won the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Golden Rose. Photo: Steve Hart

A notable performer over two-year-old events during the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival, Curtis told AAP he could not be happier with the way the Written Tycoon filly took to the track in Monday’s trial and is excited by her prospect for spring after maturing noticeably between seasons.

“It was unbelievable to watch her in the trial,” Curtis said.

“She jumped and ran and seems to have put it all together in her head.

“A couple of times early on she missed the start but there was none of that today.

“There are exciting days ahead.”

Outlining a minor event at Rosehill Gardens on July 19th as Press Report’s likely first-up run this time in, Curtis said connections had paid the late entry fee for the Golden Rose and will consider the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) if successful in her first tilt at the highest level of Australian racing.

“The plan is to run her at Rosehill on Saturday week then go to the Rosebud, the Silver Shadow and the Golden Rose which will be her fourth run in,” Curtis added.

“We paid that a few weeks ago and have paid the next instalment which is due this week.

“If she goes as well as I think she will then she could go to the Flight Stakes over 1600 metres after the Golden Rose.”

Claiming two minor places from her four career starts so far, Press Report finished second amongst classy company in the Blackwoods AAP Industries Plate (1100m) on debut in November; returning for arguably her most impressive performance to date when second to Golden Slipper champion Mossfun in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) on March 1st.

Having since placed mid-pack in both the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m), Press Report has more than stamped her claims as one to watch throughout the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

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