Rosehill takes a back seat

The autumn team of John O'Shea will be on show this week as the barrier trials at Warwick Farm and Randwick outweigh the racing on offer at Rosehill on Saturday.

The autumn hopefuls will roll out during the week to be ready for the start of black-type racing with the Expressway Stakes at Randwick on February 8.

“Anything that can gallop in my stable will be at the trials this week,” O'Shea said. “White Sage and Savvy Nature are going to Randwick on Friday, while Bernabeu will be at Warwick Farm on Tuesday.”

There is a star-studded trial at Warwick Farm featuring Guy Walter's Epsom placegetters Streama and Toydini, Sizzling, Steps In Time and Riva De Lago. Hardened sprinters Pinwheel and Tigers Tees round out the hot line-up.

Streama could be set for a trip to Melbourne for the Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 15, which is the lofty goal for Bernabeu.

O'Shea earmarked for the three-year-old Fastnet Rock colt after he flew down the straight on Oaks day in November.

“We know he likes the straight after that, and Tuesday will get him ready to go down there,” O'Shea said.

“I haven't looked past that race yet. I realise it will big ask against some quality sprinters like Danny O'Brien's colt [Shamexpress], which probably should have won the Patinack in the spring but it's worth a shot.”

There is the traditional black type trial on the Kensington track at Randwick on Friday, with Gai Waterhouse expected to roll out a number of stars.

O'Shea has chosen Friday's trials as the place for the return of unbeaten White Sage. The diminutive mare has enjoyed her time in the paddock since winning the Festival Stakes last month, and put on a bit of size.

“She wouldn't have wanted much more time out because she did so well,” O'Shea said. “She went from 420 to 450 kilograms and is a different mare.”

White Sage will target the Coolmore Classic in the autumn but The Championships loom as a goal for her as well.

“We will put her in the Doncaster but the Queen Of The Turf, which is also over the Randwick mile is there for her as well and worth a million.”

O'Shea was been pleased with the way Savvy Nature won the Vase at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day before his failure in the Victoria Derby.

“He is great and ready to go to the trials,” O'Shea said. "We are going towards the triple crown with him but the Rosehill Guineas is going to be very important for him in the preparation.

“The program for three-year-old is very good heading towards the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and if we feel he is better at 2000m that is real option instead of the Derby.

“I think the three-year-old staying form with Polanski and Complacent as well as this bloke is as good as last year.

“And the three-year-olds won everything in the autumn then, so it could be the same this year.”

White hot: White Sage, here ridden by James McDonald, will be among John O'Shea's triallists this week. Photo: Jenny Evans

White hot: White Sage, here ridden by James McDonald, will be among John O'Shea's triallists this week. Photo: Jenny Evans

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