It’s group one racing at Caulfield today and while we can’t be there on track Rosemont can’t wait for the spring to start.
In what is quite an achievement for the farm Rosemont will settle up to homegrown horses in the first of the group ones of the new season in Melbourne.
Stalwart for Toorak Toff ICONOCLASM, returns after a small let up but has retained enough fitness from his winter racing to put on a bold showing.
“He’s such an honest horse. He always tries and he’s fit enough to roll forward on what looks to be a reasonable tempo and try and tough it out. He will be there for a long way, “ Trainer Danny O’Brien said.
Bred at ROSEMONT, Iconoclasm is from the first crop of Toorak Toff out of G2 winning Encosta de Lago mare Gold Lottey. He was retained by the farm to race.
Heightening expectation for the red team is the return of G1 winner Mr Quickie.
The son of resident gun stallion Shamus Award, Mr Quickie won the Queensland Derby in his 3yo season but has since proven to trainer Philip Stokes that a mile to 2000m will be his best trips.
“He’s a great fresh horse and he hasn’t put a step wrong in his preparation for this,” Stokes said.
“We were going to take the easier path to kick him off in the 1400m handicap but that race cane up quite strong anyway and I can see him positioning up mid field and with tempo on, he might just finish off over the top first up. That’s the plan anyway!”
Dwayne Dunn will partner Mr Quickie for the first time after joining up with the red team to ride Brooklyn Hustle first up 3 weeks ago for a dazzling win.
“Dwayne is such a masterful rider. It’s been great to get his services early in the spring on a couple of horses we think could make a big impact this carnival. I hope his brilliant form continues on Mr Quickie in the Memsie,” part owner Anthony Mithen said.
To round out the day at Caulfield, the gatecrasher colours will be seen in race three when O’Brien’s classy mare Thousand Wishes goes around 2nd up.
“She was very good first up on an unsuitable surface at Sandown. She’s fit and ready for this and seems to get conditions to suit so I’ll be very disappointed if she’s not somewhere in the top three or four,” O’Brien said.