Co-trainer Peter Snowden concedes King’s Legacy may find speedsters Farnan and Rothfire a touch slick in Saturday’s Run to the Rose, but he’s confident the dual Group 1 winner will run well enough to confirm his status as a serious spring player.
King’s Legacy has had two trials, the latest beaten just over five lengths by Farnan in a 1050m Randwick hitout on August 25.
“You won’t see the best of him over 1000m and probably not 1200m,” Snowden said.
King’s Legacy storms to victory in the Champagne Stakes back in the autumn.Source:Getty Images
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“He’s running into a really red hot race on Saturday. He is a bit vulnerable, only 1200m against crack sprinters, but from then on, the Golden Rose onwards, he will come into his own.”
Snowden said King’s Legacy, who was ninth in the Golden Slipper before claiming the Sires Produce-Champagne Stakes Group 1 double in the autumn, has furnished very well this time in.
“We always liked him, but he was a bit soft physically and mentally,” he said.
“He’s copping work now like he never has before. He’s a tougher, stronger horse.”
Peter Snowden is aiming high with King’s Legacy.Source:Getty Images
King’s Legacy holds a nomination for the Cox Plate, but Snowden said the Golden Rose is his main target at this stage and then possibly the Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
The Run to the Rose is shaping as a potential Everest dress rehearsal for Rothfire and Farnan and is sure to have ramifications on the market for that race.
Rothfire will run under the MiRunners banner in the Everest, provided his lead-up form is up to scratch, while it is assumed Farnan will also secure a slot if he lives up to his trials and the expectations of co-trainer Gai Waterhouse.
Other runners in Saturday’s Run to the Rose will include Mamaragan and Peltzer and possibly Doubtland and Ole Kirk for Team Hawkes. Stablemate North Pacific is expected to wait for the Golden Rose.
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