A wide barrier has forced Lindsay Park Racing to withdraw Long Leaf from the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Long Leaf drew the outside gate in the eleven horse field for the Group 1 for the three year olds and co-trainer Ben Hayes said that was the reason the Fastnet Rock colt was scratched.
Hayes is one third of the Lindsay Park training partnership that also includes David Hayes and Tom Danernig and said that Long Leaf will now have his next run in Melbourne in the Group 3 $175,000 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on September 30.
“Everything is okay,” Ben Hayes told RSN’s Racing Pulse.
“From that wide barrier we just decided to run him here in Melbourne next week in the Prelude over 1400m.”
A pass mark in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude will then see Long Leaf progress towards the Group 1 $2m Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 13.
Long Leaf kicked off his 2018 Spring Carnival campaign in great style with a first up second to his stablemate Tony Nicconi in the Group 3 $150,000 KS Enviromental Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 18 but then was well beaten when eighth to Lean Mean Machine in the Group 2 $200,000 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on September 8.
Long Leaf is listed as a $26 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au for the 2018 Caulfield Guineas.
The Kris Lees trained Graff holds his spot at the top the market order for the Golden Rose Stakes at $3.30 with Ladbrokes.com.au while trainer Chris Waller will saddle up the next three in the betting, The Autumn Sun at $4, Lean Mean Machine at $5.50 and Zousain at $7.50.