Impressive colt Hallowed Crown is set to start as one of the favourites in the 2014 Golden Rose Stakes after recording a fast-finishing victory in The Run To The Rose at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Hallowed Crown recorded two wins from as many starts as a two-year-old and he was well-backed in the lead-up to The Run To The Rose on the back of his win on a heavy track in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) in April.
Jockey Josh Parr settled Hallowed Crown at the tail of the field in the early stages of The Run To The Rose and he showed an impressive turn-of-foot to fly home in the final 200 metres and score a most impressive win from Kumaon and Ygritte.
James Cummings, who trains in partnership with his legendary grandfather Bart Cummings, was thrilled with the performance of Hallowed Crown in The Run To The Rose and he confirmed that the son of Street Sense would have his next race start in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 13.
“He is just going to take a nice little two weeks into the Golden Rose now, but that was a very electric turn-of-foot that he showed,” Cummings said.
“He has got a lot of bottom to him and he is a very bright star this horse.
“We have a really good team at home that has kept him together and putting him out in winning form and not going to the well too many times has definitely paid dividends.”
Parr was riding Hallowed Crown for the first time in The Run To The Rose and timed his run on the three-year-old perfectly to record his first win at Group level for the year.
The rising jockey said that he was obviously impressed with the turn-of-foot exhibited by Hallowed Crown, but was ever happier with the way that the colt settled in the early stages of the race.
“It was very impressive and he was very nice to sit on,” Parr said.
“He showed a brilliant turn-of-foot and I love a horse that can relax like that back in the field, let the race go track into the race from the 600 on and put paid to them like that.
“It is exciting.”
Almalad and Nostradamus started the race as clear favourites, but they did not appear to handle the heavy going at the Rosehill Gardens track and they finished at the tail of the field.