New arrival Sound Of Cannons has form around some of Europe’s best young talent but trainer John O’Shea is keeping his expectations in check ahead of his Aussie debut in Saturday’s Kypreos Group Rosehill Gold Cup.
Sound Of Cannons has only been in O’Shea’s stable for a matter of weeks after having his last race in England on July 29.
The son of Nathaniel arrives with a placing in Listed grade to his name behind future Group 1 St Leger placegetter Pyledriver at just his second start last year.
He has continued to race in elite company since then, and while not winning, Sound Of Cannons showed enough promise to pique the interest of Australian buyers.
“He is a progressive stayer and has some really good form back in Europe,” O’Shea said.
“There is form around the likes of Pyledriver and 2000 Guineas winner Kameko, which are two of the best three-year-old horses going around over there at the moment.
“I think he has a nice future and this is a nice opportunity for him to lay the groundwork.”
Jockey Robbie Dolan will ride Sound Of Cannons. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP
O’Shea hopes Sound Of Cannons can bring some of that form onto Australian shores but the gelding faces a testing first-up assignment in Saturday’s $500,000 staying feature.
He has given Sound Of Cannons one trial over 1200m in preparation for the hit out and expects he will improve as he gets deeper into his preparation as he continues to learn his caper.
“He is a really talented horse, he just lacks execution at the moment and it’s about getting it right in a race,” O’Shea said.
“His trial the other day was nice and we’ve been happy with him since.
“We know he goes on soft ground but are not sure about heavy at this stage.
“Whatever he does on Saturday, he is going to improve on going forward.”
Sound Of Cannons is a $21 chance with TAB.com.au on his Australian debut where he will be ridden by Robbie Dolan.
Originally published asNew arrival can Sound Gold Cup warning
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