Budding three-year-olds gear up for R’wick

Predictions of a heavy Randwick track could thrust Mediterranean into the limelight ahead of his Golden Slipper-winning stablemate Capitalist.

While co-trainer Peter Snowden has some trepidation about starting Capitalist on a wet track in the Missile Stakes on Saturday, he holds no such fears about running Mediterranean in the Listed Rosebud (1200m).

“He handled a soft track at Canterbury very well so I don’t think that’s going to be a concern for him,” Snowden said.

That impressive maiden victory in a midweek race on July 6 was backed up with a trial win at Randwick on July 29 when he beat home Winx’s half-brother El Divino.

Mediterranean is related to Capitalist and both three-year-old colts carry James Harron Bloodstock’s green and gold silks.

Rain pelted Randwick on Wednesday and further showers on Thursday rendered the surface as heavy as the track rating system allows.

“I think Mediterranean will definitely appreciate further but a heavy 1200 metres will be like a 1300-metre race on Saturday so he’s there to run well,” Snowden said.


After Saturday, Mediterranean is likely to have his next start in the Group Three Up And Coming Stakes at Randwick on August 20.

A win there could set up a showdown with Capitalist in the Group One Golden Rose at Rosehill in September.

“The Golden Rose is a race we’re seriously looking at but he needs to keep winning along the way to warrant his place,” Snowden said.

The other Snowden-trained Rosebud runner Quick Feet will be first-up from finishing ninth in the Golden Slipper.

“She’s come up terrific off a light prep last time where she ran well in good races,” Snowden said.

Mediterranean is the $2.10 favourite to win the Rosebud while Quick Feet is an $8 chance.

Thronum is on the second line of betting at $4.60 with the James Cummings-trained Hair Trigger third pick at $4.60.

Cummings believes Hair Trigger can make his presence felt under 55.5kg with Quick Feet and Thronum to carry 58kg and Mediterranean 57.5kg.

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