Plans to run Capitalist in the Group 1 $1m Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 10 have been scrapped following the Golden Slipper winner’s failed return to racing last weekend.
Capitalist had been the ruling favourite for the Golden Rose Stakes after scoring a dominant win in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill during the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
But under 60kg the Written Tycoon colt failed to run a place at his first run back for the Spring as a short priced favourite when fourth to Star Turn in the Group 3 $150,000 Smithfield RSL Club San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden said that both the hefty weight and the soft track conditions contributed to Capitalist’s defeat and he will now find suitable races where the stable’s glamour colt can compete against his rivals on equal terms for the remainder of the Spring.
“We just had a change of plans and we want to put him in races at level weights and not when he is giving them 4-5kg,” Snowden told The Daily Telegraph.
“We want to put him in a set weights race next and we want to get things in our favour rather than be on heavy ground and giving away weight.”
Snowden also hasn’t ruled out running Capitalist against the older horses at weight for age and hinted that the Group 2 $400,000 Mitsubishi Electric Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 8 could be a nice lead up race for the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) against the three year olds at Flemington on October 29.
“The Coolmore Stud Stakes is 100 per cent the goal and along the way it could be the Schillaci or Roman Consul and races like that where the weights are in his favour,” Snowden said.
The Team Hawkes trained Star Turn lowered the colours of Capitalist in the San Domenico Stakes and is now one of the main contenders for the Golden Rose Stakes with Ladbrokes.com.au listing him on the second line of betting at $9 alongside of Capitalist’s stable mate Mediterranean.
Group 1 Inglis Sires’ winner Yankee Rose and Godolphin’s well bred colt Impending head the market order at $7 each.
Golden Rose Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $7 Impending, Yankee Rose, $9 Star Turn, Mediterranean, $11 El Divino, Telperion, $13 Good Standing, $15 Derryn, Omei Sword, Tango Rain, $17 Russian Revolution, Prized Icon.