Golden Rose Stakes winner Hallowed Crown will be freshened up and will target the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1.
The Bart and James Cummings trained Hallowed Crown keep his unbeaten record intact when he recorded his fourth win with a tough victory in the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
James Cummings had the option of pushing on for the Group 1 $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11, but tweeted this morning that he would concentrate on the 1200m sprint up the Flemington straight on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“Hallowed Crown will head to the G2 Roman Consul and then the G1 Coolmore at Flemington,” James Cummings tweeted.
“He’s at his top now. We’ve got the option if we go to the Prelude and onto the Guineas or if whether we keep him that bit fresh and run in the Roman Consul in the lead up to the Coolmore,” Cummings had said earlier while speaking on Racing Ahead on RSN.
“I think both are equally good options and he deserves to be up near the top of the Caulfield Guineas market but I think he would also be extremely competitive up the straight.
“I think one of the advantages of that is that he doesn’t have to get used to the Melbourne way of going and there will be plenty of horse left for the Autumn.”
Cummings will now give Hallowed Crown a short freshen up before preparing him for the Group 2 $175,000 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 4 before he heads to Melbourne.
Even though Hallowed Crown had won his previous three starts, including the Group 3 $125,000 MTA NSW Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill two weeks prior, the Street Sense colt was sent out at the good odds of $6.50 for the Golden Rose Stakes.
Top Sydney rider Hugh Bowman, had won the Golden Rose Stakes on three previous occasions, wasn’t perturbed by his outside barrier and had Hallowed Crown in the second half of the field in the early and middle stages.
And Even though he was three wide for most of the trip, Bowman was able to follow runner up Scissor Kick into the race and finished too strongly to beat the Paul Messara trained colt by a neck.
Scissor Kick was brave in defeat after having a torrid wide run without any cover and will no doubt go onto be a major force in the remainder of the Spring Carnival.
Cummings was proud of the way that Hallowed Crown was able to overcome a wide run and fight hard to the line and believes he still would have won if Scissor Kick had had a better run in the race.
“His determination is so impressive. He followed a horse that did a lot of donkey work in Scissor Kick who did go extremely well.”
“I won’t hear of him being a better horse than ours, I’ve got a lot faith in him even if Scissor Kick had had a better run we would have come off his back and still found something.”
The Peter Moody trained Bring Me The Maid was sent out the $3.50 for the Golden Rose Stakes but jockey Luke Nolen had no luck in the straight after giving the Sebring filly a good run through the race and she wound up in eighth spot, three and a quarter lengths from the winner.