D’Argento Wins Rosehill Guineas Shows Signs of Stayer Potential

He may resemble Chautauqua, but D’Argento is actually willing to run and he did so with great aplomb at Rosehill Racecourse of Saturday to win the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000 m) and polish the reputation of Chris Waller and give Hugh Bowman a Group 1 double for the day.

Is it too soon to discuss sending D’Argento over to England in June?

Bowman might have been a little nervous in the lead up to the race. He is used to guiding Winx around and these days she seldom has odds much beyond a dollar, so getting aboard the $3.80 D’Argento must have seemed like a monumental challenge, even if the horse was the favourite.

The son of So You Think had to cover some extra ground, running three-wide in the stretch, but in the end, he won by a comfortable 1 – ¼ lengths.

The final results of the Rosehill Guineas were shifted around following the race when it was decided that Vin De Dance had shifted ground and affected the running, so that horse was removed from second and replaced with another of Waller’s horses, Tangled, much to the delight of anyone who had backed the horse at $81.

When asked about his plans for D’Argento, Waller said the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400 m) or the Doncaster Mile, on the same day, were possible targets.

Waller was saying after the race that he did not expect D’Argento to win at 2000 metres, because he considers the horse a miler or a sprinter, not a stayer.

Winn the Rosehill Guineas moved D’Argento into the favourite’s position for the Australian Derby. He is currently priced at $4, which should reassure Bowman, as it is only 20 cents above the price he endured for the Rosehill Guineas.

As for the Doncaster Mile, D’Argento is ranked 66th in the order of entry, so even though Waller might prefer to run his speedster at Randwick and at a distance that seems to be Waller and D’Argento’s niche, it could be a barrier to taking part in that race.

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