Panzer Division stakes Golden Rose claim
Panzer Division has set himself up to join stablemate Scissor Kick in the $1 million Golden Rose but trainer Paul Messara is no hurry to declare him a definite starter.
The colt's win in Saturday's Group Three Ming Dynasty (1400m) guarantees him a berth in Sydney's first Group One race of the season next Saturday.
Although the colt won convincingly, Messara said he was concerned about the seven-day back-up if the Rosehill track remained wet.
"He blundered a few times in the ground so it was a good effort," Messara said.
"I'm not sure if he is a back-up horse so we might head down to Melbourne with him.
"He's entered for the Caulfield Guineas and we'll see what happens.
"The bait is there and he had to run a place today to get into the Golden Rose but we have to let the dust settle and see what the weather does as well."
Tye Angland, who rode Scissor Kick to a narrow win over Panzer Division in the Up And Coming Stakes two weeks ago, took the ride in the Ming Dynasty.
He steered Panzer Division ($4.40) over from his wide barrier to control the race and the colt stuck to his guns although uncomfortable on some parts of the track.
But he remained in command, putting 1-1/4 lengths on Shooting To Win ($20) with the same margin to third-placed Lady Sharapaova ($14).
The well-supported Washington Heights, favourite at $2.60, finished sixth after getting back early.
Angland will discuss his options with Messara if the trainer decides to run both horses.
"It's good to be in this position, but obviously it depends on how he pulls up and everything," he said.
"I'll talk to Paul about that.
"He is a horse that will be a 10 times better horse ridden quietly.
"He just wants to follow one. He is so green.
"I didn't want to lead but I had to.
"Coming into the straight he wanted to have a look about and had a look at the big screen and everything."
Peter Snowden said Shooting To Win would back up in the Golden Rose as will the Gai Waterhouse-trained Valentia who finished fifth after tracking the winner for much of the race.