Stablemates Rothesay and Hus Der Lieften will take different paths on their way to a clash in next month’s Group One Golden Rose 2009.
Trainer Gerald Ryan said the more seasoned Hus Der Lieften would run in Saturday’s Rosebud (1200m) at Rosehill while Rothesay would be saved for the Group Three San Domenico Stakes (1000m) at Randwick a week later.
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“Hus Der Lieften is a promising horse and he showed that earlier this year,” Ryan said.
“He’s been freshened up and although the Rosebud may be a bit short, he will go well.
“Rothesay won’t run until the San Domenico.
“He’s pulled up terrific from his win at Rosehill but he has a big campaign ahead and I don’t want to hammer him.
“The aim is to take him to Melbourne for a race like the Caulfield Guineas so I’d like to space his runs.
“They probably won’t meet until the Golden Rose.”
Hus Der Lieften had three barrier trials before his debut second over 1150 metres at Randwick on May 13.
He broke through at his second and most recent start on May 30 when he won over 1400 metres at Rosehill on a heavy track.
Rothesay had two trials before his first visit to the races on July 17 where he scored a professional win at Rosehill over the more experienced Stryker and Rarefied.
A son of Fastnet Rock, Rothesay failed to reach his reserve when for sale as a yearling.
But after seeing Ryan return to look at the colt many times, breeder Sue Suduk told him to take him home and train him for her.
Ryan’s opinion of Rothesay has only got bigger as the colt has continued to thrive and he rates him up with Snitzel.
A multiple stakeswinner at two, Snitzel was favourite for the 2005 Golden Slipper won by Stratum but was galloped on during the race and was never a winning chance.
Snitzel claimed Group One honours the following year in the Oakleigh Plate and was a game second to Takeover Target in that year’s Newmarket Handicap.
The $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) on August 29 was elevated to Group One status earlier this month.
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