With the Sydney championships drawing to a close last weekend, racing returns to Rosehill this Saturday. Some modest races here but nevertheless some great horses running. Let’s find some winners!
R1 Hyland Race Colours (bm75) 1200m
Reincarnate has excelled lately, winning by a combined margin of 6.3 lengths over his last three starts. Keeps on improving and another challenge here. Will be up there. Sir Bacchus won well two starts back, and was only 4 lengths off Mahuta in it’s last. Had a small spell and might be better for that. Wudang Mountain has been up there in his last two starts for two relatively close seconds in a marginally higher grade than this. Will be competitive if it can manage the high weight. Pioneering is one to look out for. Only just beaten by Denmagic two starts ago and drawn in barrier 1 here, it has every chance.
Best Bet: Reincarnate
R2 Pluck @ Vinery Hcp 1100m
Tough race this. A few first starters too which will be interesting. Gretna was not far off Najmaat last start, which is some strong form. Bowman on board a big tick. Impending is yet to race, however found the line well in a recent trial. Drawn in barrier three here and with McDonald on board looks a good bet. Mooshakissa was mildly disappointing last start, however was up against top horses. With a bit of luck she can win this. Alliterate actually beat Mooshakissa home last start, and if it can reproduce the quality it has shown in the past, there’s no reason she can’t win. Two that can surprise here are Winning Rupert (4 trials for 2 wins, no competitive races), and Redouble (led the whole way in recent trial).
Best Bet: Gretna
R3 James Boag’s Premium (bm78) 2400m
Murphy’s Delight ran third last start, 0.4 lengths behind Rhodin Drive and He’s Dreaming. He drops half a kilo here while Rhodin Drive gains 1.5kg and He’s Dreaming holds its weight. If they all run the same Murphy’s Delight will win. Mr Steal was impressive last start, winning the Orange Cup. Up in the weights but drawn inside barrier, keep handy. Doc Holiday blitzed the field by over 2 lengths last start. Low in weight here and should be up there again.
Best Bet: Murphy’s Delight
R4 Highway Hcp (c2) 1500m
Galaxy Warrior has started in stunning fashion, winning it’s second and third starts by a total of 9.8 lengths! Flying at the moment and will be hard to beat. Oh So Unfair was also impressive last start, winning by 2.3 lengths at Wagga. If it can get out and across early it will have every chance. Allzin is not hopeless here at $15. Is always competitive and drops 2.5kg here. Laredo Hussler drops significantly in weight, and with Bowman on board is a good hope. One that could surprise is Caribbean Concert.
Best Bet: Oh So Unfair
R5 Schweppes (bm78) 1500m
Moher was only 2.3 lengths off He’s Our Rokkii last start. McDonald on board and drawn midfield looks as though it suits. Falkenberg is yet to run a poor race. Won well recently and down in the weights it’ll be right up there. Chandana has been around the mark in lower grade races than this. Jumps from barrier one and Bowman on board are both ticks though. Imposing Lass won by 4 lengths last start and drops 4.5kg here. Look for it to get out early and it’ll be hard to chase down. Multifacets has enough quality for this, but drawn wide and up in the weights it might be too tough.
Best Bet: Moher
R6 Benchmark 78 1400m
Sort After is a horse with serious potential. Yet to run poorly and if it has improved in the slightest from previous runs, it should win this. Tremezzina is an honest horse and has been running well of late. Muy Bien was disappointing last start but went back and had a trial, and looks better for it. Not without a chance. Parraay turns around 2.5kg on Unequivocal and looks a decent longer odds bet.
Best Bet: Sort After
Quaddie Numbers: 5 6 7 10 or just 10
R7 Bowermans Furniture (bm83) 1500m
High Midnight ran in some big races towards the end of last year, and his first start this year won well. Looks the best bet here. His Majesty ran a good race at the championships a few weeks back. Watch it fly home late. Three starts back, Spy Decoder was very good, running a close second to Religify, however the two since then have been disappointing. Not out of it but will need some luck. Himalaya Dream will jump wide but this race is not beyond him. Dance Of Hereos has had a bit of a break recently and might be better for it. Should be around the mark. Sapphire Of Patch is undefeated so far, coming out to Australia for his first start. Has good form but will it be able to perform here?
Best Bet: High Midnight
Quaddie Numbers: 2 3 4 7 9 10
R8 Mcgrath Estate Agents (bm78) 1350m
Open race this, no stand out favourites will make it difficult. Well Hardley Ever has ran well for it’s two starts this year. Slight increase in weight to last start shouldn’t be an issue and McDonald on board will be good. Painte has been good this campaign, and looks to be in peak condition. Hetty Heights ran well in the provincial championships, and if it maintains that performance here it will be up there. Bowman rides Rockolicious here and will give it every hope. Has been running in higher grades than this which should suit.
Best Bet: Painte
Quaddie Numbers: 2 6 7 11
R9 Benchmark 85 1100m
Mogador showed us how good he really is towards the end of last year. He wasn’t too far behind last start, but will want to improve here. Prince Famous has the quality here if it can get out from it’s wide start. Alart ran very well last start at long odds and doesn’t gain any more weight. If it can reproduce that run it can win. Freeze The Charges was very consistent last prep. Resumes now and is decent first up. Our Renaissance won well at Wyong last start, another challenge here but if it gets some luck can surprise them.
Best Bet: Mogador
Quaddie Numbers: either 10 or 2 3 4 10 11