Waterhouse/Bott team project Golden Rose start for Dawn Approach

Dawn Passage could head to the Golden Rose this spring - one of the feature age-group races in Sydney
Adrian Bott
Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse celebrate the win of Dawn Passage

Dawn Passage labelled as Golden Rose contender


Adrian Bott, who trains alongside Gai Waterhouse, has labelled talented two-year-old Dawn Passage as their main Golden Rose Stakes contender.

The rising three-year-old son of Dawn Approach missed most of the autumn and the stable resisted the temptation of a Queensland winter campaign in preference of giving the colt time to mature ahead of an all-important spring campaign.

Dawn Passage made its debut back in January when beatinh a field that included the two-time stakes winner Bivouac at Randwick.

“The horse has come back excellent,” Bott said.

“He’s the horse in our stable I think will be the real improver in the spring.

“What he did on debut at Randwick was pretty impressive then ran well again in the Inglis Millennium, on a quick turnaround, and that form has well and truly been franked.

“We chose to put him away early in the autumn and judging by the way he’s come back, he did really well during his time out.

“He’ll be up racing early. He’ll trial next week and we’re heading towards the Golden Rose.”

Dawn Passage is currently a  $26 chance at BetEasy for the Golden Rose at Rosehill in September.

On the same line is stablemate Bellevue Hill, the runner-up in the Group II Todman Stakes and winner of the Group III Baillieu Handicap earlier this year.

“He’s about a fortnight behind Dawn Passage and he’s also on a Golden Rose path,” Bott said.

“He also spelled well and is around three weeks off a trial.”

Bott also mentioned Vinicunca, which raced in Melbourne during the autumn and is held in a high regard by the Tulloch Lodge Stable.

“She ran a great race behind Lyre in a prelude leading up to the Blue Diamond and jarred up in the Blue Diamond,” he said.

“She’s being prepared for Princess Series – the three-year-old fillies races in Sydney during the spring which culminates in the Flight Stakes.

“She’s also a filly to keep an eye out for.”

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