Trainer Jason Coyle believes his three-year-old Mo’s Crown is ready to secure an overdue maiden city win at Rosehill on Saturday.
Mo’s Crown lines up in Race 3, the Magna Grecia @ Coolmore Australia 3YO Benchmark 74 Handicap over 1200m, and Coyle believes he has him ready to fire.
Mo’s Crown has had 12 career starts with seven of them on metropolitan tracks. His best result from those runs being a solitary placing on debut 15 months ago.
“Have a look at the horses he has raced when he has been in town and it’s a pretty star-studded line up,” Coyle said.
At Mo’s Crown’s latest run he was beaten by the highly touted Masked Crusader and prior to that he wasn’t far away behind the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Dawn Passage, the second favourite for the Stradbroke Handicap.
Mo’s Crown has always been held in good esteem by Coyle.
The son of Uncle Mo lined up in the Group lll Pago Pago Stakes as a juvenile and then in the Group ll Run To The Rose at three.
This preparation Mo’s Crown has started in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m), Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) and the Group lll Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) so this week’s event, a drop back in grade to an off season three-year-old benchmark 74 looks ripe for the picking.
“This week’s race looks ideal,” Coyle said. “It looks an even race with no standout runner doesn’t it?
“The sting out of the track will suit him and from a good barrier which I was very excited about should have him not far off them in the run.
“Dependant on the speed but I expect James (McDonald) can have him forward of midfield.
“If he can produce the turn of speed with being a little closer than previously he should acquit himself well, you’d think.”
The Warwick Farm conditioner has two other runners on the card at Rosehill Insensata and St Covet’s Spirit which are engaged in the TAB Long May We Play Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m).
Insensata is big odds and needs to recapture her better form to figure while Coyle isn’t committed to running St Covet’s Spirit but said if she does, she “will run very well”.
Also in action at Rosehill is Yulong Prince (formerly Surcharge), who runs in the Lord Mayor’s Cup (Race 7 at 7.10am SA time).
He is one runner Richard Callander of Racenet.com.au has been following closely.
These are his horses to follow at Rosehill.
The predicted weather looks promising although the track will still be affected.
MO’S CROWN (Race 3 No.2)
Mo’s Crown will appreciate the easier grade, the soft track but importantly the gun barrier. From the good draw I imagine James McDonald can have him not far off the speed ready to utilise his turn of speed. The three week freshen up should have him ready to fire. He has raced at Rosehill five times and is yet to fire but he hasn’t found an ideal race like this. From the draw he looks a good each-way bet. BET: EACH-WAY
SOLDIER OF LOVE (Race 4 No.11)
Soldier Of Love is a lightly raced four-year-old that is building an impressive record with five wins already. His two runs this campaign have been very good and he looks the one to beat here. He will roll forward and with the lack of on-pace runner’s looks to get a good run in transit. The three week freshen up is sure to have him in good stead to still have zip in his legs. BET: WIN
MISS EINSTEIN (Race 6 No.6)
Miss Einstein backs up after a good run last Saturday when finishing second beaten fair and square by a handy one in Opacity. If Bjorn Baker thinks she has done well enough to back up seven days later off a heavy track run I am with him. She has drawn perfect here to sit midfield and I think be stronger than her opposition at the end of the seven furlongs. Miss Einstein is a promising mare and it looks an ideal race for her. BET: WINYULONG PRINCE (Race 7 No.2)
I’m convinced Yulong Prince is a good horse that within the next 12 months will be competitive in some group races and could even end up a weight-for-age galloper. All his runs this preparation have had merit with his best here at Rosehill when second behind Imaging in the Group ll Ajax Stakes. The tempo looks good here which should see him settle somewhere around midfield ready to go through his gears. At good odds he looks a solid each-way bet to me. BET: EACH-WAY