Trainer Will Clarken believes emerging three-year-old Beau Rossa is ready to match it with South Australia’s best as he eyes a Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) next weekend.
The son of Unencumbered will face off against the state’s best sprinters for the first time when he meets the likes of local heroes Gytrash and Behemoth in the marquee sprint at Morphettville on Saturday.
“It‘s going to be an open race, a bit like the Goodwoods of the old school when the races were run under handicap conditions,” Clarken said.
“There are a lot of chances. You have the horses which are a bit older with the likes of Gytrash and Behemoth with a couple of rising stars in Beau Rossa and Instant Celebrity.
“Then you have a horse like Kemalpasa that is ultra consistent.
“It‘s great for South Australian racing and hopefully we can get it done (with Beau Rossa).”
The 2019 Goodwood runner-up Behemoth holds favouritism with TAB fixed odds at $3.50 while last year’s second placegetter Gytrash is a $4 chance.
Beau Rossa is on the third line of betting at $7 alongside recent TAB Classic winner Instant Celebrity.
Beau Rossa heads into The Goodwood in white-hot form with three wins and a narrow second in the lucrative $475,000 VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
The gelding showed his versatility when dropping back from the mile to run in the Group 2 Tobin Bronze Stakes, formerly Euclase Stakes, last start.
He proved far too good in the feature sprint, scoring by 1-1/2 lengths in the 1200m feature.
“He is fantastic and has come through the run well,” Clarken said.
“We are in a bit of a holding pattern this week but are happy with the horse.
“I said it after he won his maiden that we would head to the Euclase but there was the carrot there of the mile race along the way.
“The thought was that horses that usually run well in the Euclase, do well in a Goodwood so hopefully that’s the case.
“Whatever he does here, he is going to improve on in the coming years.”
The Goodwood barrier draw will take place on Tuesday morning at Morphettville.
Originally published asNew blood ready for old firm in Goodwood
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