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Press Statement May Need Run: Angland
Jockey Tye Angland believes that boom colt Press Statement (Hinchinbrook-Kaaptive Empress, by Kaaptive Edition) may be slightly vulnerable when he resumes in the Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. The exciting colt, who is a half-brother to former top juvenile Pressday (Domesday), was undefeated in three starts during his juvenile season which culminated with a brilliant victory in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes at Doomben in June. Although Angland has been happy with Press Statement's two barrier trials leading up to this return, he says the 3YO will more than likely need the run to bring him to peak fitness. "We don't do too much on Chris' horses. He likes to get them fit through their track work," Angland said. "This horse will be a bit vulnerable first-up against some pretty smart horses that have been racing and our grand final isn't until the Golden Rose." He added: "Obviously we would all love him to win, but if he doesn't win and is finishing off strong and he is doing it all at the right end then we are going to be coming out of the race happy." The $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on 12 September is the early spring target for the son of Hinchinbrook, with connections also considering the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 31 October. Press Statement will wear the red and yellow silks of the China Horse Club for the first time on Saturday after they and Vinery Stud purchased a significant interest in the promising youngster in July.