Rothfire remains unbeaten
Highly-progressive juvenile Rothfire (Rothesay) extended his unbeaten streak to four when claiming yesterday’s The Jewel Prelude (C&G) (1100m) at Doomben.
However, while trainer Robert Heathcote confirmed the gelding will press onto next month’s $500,000 The Jewel (1200m), he refused to be drawn into speculation that Rothfire could be a late entry for the Golden Slipper. “The Jewel has always been his aim and we won’t be leaving that path.
I don’t want to say anything outlandish but there have been a few favourites for the Slipper go over in the past few weeks,” Heathcote said.
“We have him in the ATC Sires’ and he is not entered for the Slipper – we would have to pay a late entry. I would have to talk with the owners and I will have to make up my mind pretty soon. But I will say no more.”
Rothfire won by four and a half lengths yesterday and he returned the $1.16 favourite.