2016 Golden Rose the Target for Hardham

August 16th, 2016

Trainer Mick Price has revealed it is full steam ahead towards the 2016 Golden Rose (1400m) for Hardham, following the talented three-year-old’s first-up run for third in the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield over the weekend.

Damien Oliver partnered Hardham to third in the Group 3 Vain Stakes over the weekend. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Damien Oliver partnered Hardham to third in the Group 3 Vain Stakes over the weekend. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Hardham was sent off a $13 chance in the Vain Stakes on Saturday, and jockey Damien Oliver allowed the colt to take a position at the tail of the field of nine after jumping well, as the race’s early leaders set a fair tempo.

Understandably pleased with the colt’s first-up performance, Price told Racing Victoria that the three-year-old will remain in Melbourne and work at the opposite way of going before he travels north to contest the Golden Rose 2016.

“We’re going to work him here at Caulfield with a couple of reverse-way gallops to get him ready for the Golden Rose,” Price said.

“He’s not a horse that I want to give too many runs to and you’ve got both the Golden Rose and the Caulfield Guineas so it’s a bit of a juggling act.

“He’s a lovely colt but he keeps giving me the impression that he’s not a horse that you want to put too much hard work into.

“If everything’s good he’ll run in the Golden Rose, if not, then we’ll keep him here.”

Hardham began his racing career under the guidance of the recently-retired Peter Moody, and had only one autumn start before he was returned to the paddock.

Jumping from the gates well on that occasion; the Cross Electrics Maiden Plate (1200m) at Pakenham on March 3rd, the Redoute’s Choice colt produced a scintillating turn of foot in the final straight to find the line two lengths in the clear of closest rival Battle Order.

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