Bold Circle May Not Contest 2014 The Rosebud

August 5th, 2014

Yet to finish outside the places over just two race starts so far, trainer David Payne has revealed he may not accept a position in the final field of this weekend’s Listed Rosebud (1200m) at Royal Randwick for Bold Circle, instead eyeing a first-up berth in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on August 16th.

Bold Circle may not take his place in the 2014 The Rosebud this weekend

Bold Circle may not take his place in the 2014 The Rosebud this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart

Underlining two Group 1 tilts as the major targets for the Bernardini colt this time in, Payne initially touted the historic path to the featured Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 13th as an ideal lead-in for Bold Circle, however may instead leave a three week gap between certain starts.

Showing signs of an imminent strong and successful 2014 Spring Racing Carnival with a positive gallop between races at Rosehill last weekend, Payne told AAP he will decide on which avenue to take first-up with Bold Circle following another trial early this week.

“We’ll just wait and see how he works in the morning,” Payne said on Monday afternoon.

“We might wait another week for the San Domenico. There is no rush to decide.

“I believe he is a horse who can get a mile (1600m). The Golden Rose is his aim in Sydney and then we will see after that.”

Unlucky to finish third when blocked for a run in the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on debut on October 5th, Bold Circle more than stamped his claims as one to watch when charging home to beat a talented field that included Magic Millions champion Unencumbered in the Men Of League Plate (1000m) on October 26th.

Offered the chance of chance to chase early Group 1 success via the two-year-old autumn season, Payne instead decided to keep Bold Circle in the paddock with a long view towards the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

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