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Nostradamus To Race This Saturday
Talented Sydney colt Nostradamus (Medaglia d'Oro-Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter) will use Saturday's Gr3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens as his final prep for the $1 million Golden Rose on 13 September, reports racingnetwork.com.au. The half-brother to Gr1-winning sprinter Star Witness showed he would be a force in the feature 3YO races during the spring when scoring an impressive first-up win in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes two weeks ago. "He won very well and did everything right," Michael Hawkes said of his first-up win. "There is lots of improvement in him, we feel. He's done very, very well, he looks good in the coat and we can't fault him." He added, "We just want to draw a good barrier." The Run To The Rose promises to be an intriguing race with several high-profile 3YOs launching their spring campaigns in the $125,000 event, including Gr1 winner Almalad, who is being aimed at the WS Cox Plate, Hallowed Crown, Brazen Beau, and Ghibellines, the promising half-brother to former star filly Guelph.