Trainer Chris Waller has revealed that promising gelding Sniper Fire will need to finish in the first half of the 2014 The Run To The Rose at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday to earn himself a start in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at the same venue on September 13.
Sniper Fire performed consistently in four race starts as a juvenile and Waller believes that the High Chaparral gelding has the ability to perform at Group level, but is unsure what path the three-year-old will follow during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
Waller told TVN that he would be happy to run Sniper Fire in the Golden Rose if he performs well in The Run To The Rose on Saturday, but he also included the gelding in the nominations for the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) that were released by Racing New South Wales yesterday.
“He did a good job winning two Saturday races before going for a spell,” Waller said.
“It is similar to Brazen Beau, he is probably going to be a little soft on Saturday and he is a rough chance of running in the Golden Rose.
“If he ran midfield or better on Saturday I would definitely run him, but if not I would probably look down the path of a Gloaming Stakes scenario probably leading to the Spring Champion.
“He did a great job as a two-year-old and he should come back as a better three-year-old.”
Sniper Fire made his racing debut with a second place finish behind Next Level in the Drummond Golf Handicap (1100m) at Warwick Farm on May 7 before finishing a close third at the Randwick Kensington track on March 21.
The Huddy Family-owned galloper scored his maiden race win when he took out the TAB Early Quaddie Plate (1350m) at Rosehill Gardens on May 31 and he made it two wins on the trot when he led all the way in the Freshworld Plate (1500m) at the same venue on June 14.
While the Golden Rose Stakes or Spring Champion Stakes loom as the most logical spring targets for Sniper Fire, he has also been included in the nominations for both the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
Sniper Fire is currently rated an outsider in 2014 Golden Rose Stakes betting markets and he is available at a quote of $81 to give trainer Chris Waller his second straight win in the Group 1 event.