Eden Roc Chasing Slot in the 2017 Golden Slipper Stakes

If jockey assessments can be viewed as more than adverts for their horses, hoop Tommy Berry’s opinion of Eden Roc as closely resembling an earlier sprinter from the same lines, Star Turn, is cause for at least some attention being directed Eden Roc’s way.

The two-year-old chestnut colt by Star Witness from Hilton Head, trained by the Hawkes operation, has had three trials at Rosehill thus far and is set to debut in the Australian Fire Hose 2YO Plate (1000 m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

A good showing there could propel Eden Roc into the handicapping picture for the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes in March.

Star Turn and Eden Roc share the same sire, but Eden Roc is from Hilton Head and Star Turn’s dam was Golden Delicious. Star Turn has won three times, and has won at the Group 2 and Group 3 levels, and then placed in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud at Flemington October past.

The current Eden Roc is the seventh to bear the name and can trace his recent lines to strong Australian and New Zealand influences, until further back, some famous North Americans appear, including Danzig, Danehill, Nureyev and the incomparable Northern Dancer.

Still, if he is to live up to Tommy Berry’s billing, he will have to run.

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