Rose in bloomin’ good form

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    HILLTOP ROSE - Photo HRSA

    CLASSY mare Hilltop Rose is expected to begin the new season the same way she ended the old one when she heads to Globe Derby on Saturday night.

    Racing in strong form, Hilltop Rose has won her last three starts and is poised to extend her latest winning streak after drawing to lead throughout from the pole.

    The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover boasts seven wins from her last eight outings, with the sequence broken when luckless at the same venue in mid July.

    Thrilled with Hilltop Rose’s starting position, trainer Peter Bain is positive the four-year-old can emerge triumphant.

    “She’s in great form and has an ideal draw,” Bain said. “No matter what class you’re in, if you’ve got speed off the arm, it makes a big difference.

    “I did have issues with her through her three-year-old career, but she’s got that gate speed back and is drawn to use it.”

    With no major plans in mind for the pacer, Bain will work Hilltop Rose through the grades, with another trip across the border a possibility later in the year.

    “I haven’t looked beyond Saturday night, so I will just see what’s next,” Bain said. “There’s nothing specific set out for her at the moment.

    “She has really matured into a genuine racehorse over last three or four months and should be able to continue through the grades.

    “Taking her over to Mildura and Ouyen has really improved her, although she still has an attitude.

    “She’s far from the most sociable mare to train, only goes through the motions during training and has a nasty streak in her, but she seems to put it together at the races.

    “She’s a C2 and can drop back to C1, which helps, but I can’t see any reason why she won’t get through her grades.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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