Trainer Chris Waller hasn’t taken a next Golden Rose tilt off the table with emerging colt Mo’unga and will make a final decision on the colt’s spring plans with connections on Monday.
Waller is giving serious considering running his classy son of Savabeel in next week’s 1400m Group 1 at Rosehill but has multiple options available.
The Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) are also viable options and all three races will be up for discussion when Waller makes a final call with owners Aquis early in the week.
The leading trainer has no doubt Mo’unga would be competitive wherever he lines up after the colt confirmed his status as a star of the future in an impressive Listed Dulcify Quality (1500m) win on September 12.
Mo'unga with a terrific win in the Dulcify!! @mcacajamez and @cwallerracing do it easy. pic.twitter.com/c6CI5O43ha
“I don’t want to lean anyone either way because there is no leaning at this stage but we’ve got a really good colt and I want to make sure he is ready for whatever we run him in,” Waller said.
“It’s 33.33% either way and we will decide on Monday morning where we nominate him.
“Obviously he is a horse that everybody is talking about because he is a fantastic horse and we want to get it right.
“I have got no doubt he is going to be the horse we are all talking about in the autumn.”
Mo’unga will start the likely favourite in the Gloaming Stakes if Waller is to head in that direction with nominations to be released at 11am on Monday morning.
Mo’unga and Global Quest (right) are both owned by Aquis. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
It would put Mo’unga on a path to the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes where he is a $2.80 favourite.
Meanwhile, the colt is $15 in ‘all in’ betting for the Golden Rose and bookmakers also rate him on the third line of betting for the Caulfield Guineas at $10.
“I’ve got not doubt he would fight out the finish in all three races (Gloaming, Golden Rose and Guineas) but we just have to as a team make the right decision,” Waller said.
Waller will have representation in the Golden Rose regardless of whether Mo’unga heads to the race with Global Quest set to line up.
Global Quest is a $26 chance after finishing runner-up to his stablemate in the Dulcify.
Originally published asCould Mo’unga blossom in a Golden Rose?
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