The Group 1 $1m Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill in September is the early Spring target for dual juvenile Group 1 winner King’s Legacy.

King's Legacy, above, will be set for the 2020 Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

King’s Legacy, above, will be set for the 2020 Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

King’s Legacy left his mark on the 2020 Sydney Autumn Carnival when he rounded off his two-year-old season with back to back Group 1 wins at Randwick in the $500,000 Inglis Sires (1400m) and in the $400,000 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

Peter Snowden, who trained in partnership with his son Paul, has reported that King’s Legacy has returned to their Randwick stables bigger and stronger and has begun preparation in the countdown to the Group 1 for the early season three year olds.

“I just wanted to see a bit of natural growth improvement, I wanted to see him a bit rounder and stronger all over and he’s done that,’’ Snowden told Racing New South Wales News Desk.

“Whatever he did at two was going to be a bonus. He’s returned in good order and this should be his best prep.’’

Snowden said that he had plenty of time to get King’s Legacy ready for the Golden Rose with only one lead up run planned at this stage.

“The Golden Rose is definitely on the table and possibly second-up,’’ Snowden said.

“We haven’t pencilled anything in or spoken to anyone about it.

“If he’s too far into a prep it might be a bit short for him so we’ll keep him fresh and have one run going into it. But he is going to be long enough in work, 10 weeks before he has a trial, so he will be nice and forward.’’

A good performance in the Golden Rose will give Team Snowden plenty of confidence as they contemplate heading to Melbourne for the Group 1 Neds Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10.

“Right from a yearling he looked like a mile horse, if you ride him quiet he has a really good turn of foot,’’ Peter Snowden said.

“We noticed that towards the end of the autumn and the way he thrived on racing tells us he is going to be a tough horse.

“There’s a bit to work with and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does this prep.’’

King’s Legacy is on the fourth line of betting at $11 for the Golden Rose Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au with the 2020 Golden Slipper winner Farnan sitting at the top of the market order at $6.

The Robert Heathcote trained Rothfire is on the second line of betting at $7 following his dominant win in the Group 1 $350,000 J.J. Atkins (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 6.

Early betting for the 2020 Golden Rose Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $6 Farnan, $7 Rothfire, $10 Doubtland, $11 King’s Legacy, $12 Tagaloa, $14 Mamaragan, Peltzer, $15 Hanseatic, $17 Away Game, Hungry Heart, Prague, $26 Barbaric, Ole Kirk, $31 Aim, Conceited, Need I Say More, Wisdom Of Water, $34 or better the rest.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.