Tough Trackwork Tests For Golden Rose Hopefuls

By: Sarah Fortnum
September 5th, 2011
Delago's Lad

Delago's Lad will be tested in morning trackwork to make sure he is ready for the Group 1 Golden Rose

Two talented three-year-olds will have everything to prove when they perform their trackwork tomorrow morning as a test before this Saturday’s $1 million Golden Rose.

Both Anthony Cummings’ Ain’t She Grand and John McArdle’s Delago’s Lad will be closely watched when they undertake their morning hit outs.

Cummings is hopeful Ain’t She Grand will demonstrate some of the maturity she is currently lacking.

“Other than commonsense there is nothing to stop Ain’t She Grand from running,” Cummings said.

“The guys that own her want her to run but if her trackwork in the morning says she is going to embarrass herself then we won’t go.”

McArdle will test Delago’s Lad tomorrow morning to ensure he too is ready for the Group 1 feature.

The trainer will also continue to trial the three-year-old gelding under Sydney race conditions by running in the opposite direction.

“I’ll know for sure after I work him in the morning,” McArdle said.

“I galloped him the Sydney way on Saturday and he seemed happy enough on that leg.

“He’ll do the same in the morning and if he makes me happy again I’ll float him up (to Sydney) on Thursday night.

“He’s a nice horse … he was right there in the good races down here as a two-year-old.

“And I thought he was a bit stiff not to run second to Sepoy (in the Vain Stakes).

“He ran into a bit of trouble but then again that’s him.”

The Golden Rose has currently only attracted a small field of ten nominations and will be the headline event at Rosehill this Saturday.

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