Weather will be crucial in deciding where bush mare Rehandedjill is given her chance to enhance a promising strike rate.
Rehandedjill, a winner of four races from nine starts, has been entered for Rosehill and Eagle Farm on Saturday as trainer Sue Grills tries to cover her weekend bases by avoiding a wet track for the five-year-old.
“Sydney is probably my preferred option but the weather will play a big part,” Tamworth-based Grills said.
Rehandedjill confirmed Grills’ suspicions she is a wet track duffer when she couldn’t beat a runner home in a six-horse welter field at Warwick Farm earlier this month.
It was her second below-par performance on a rain-affected track in as many starts.
“Before the Warwick Farm race I doubted she would get through the going,” Grills said.
“She is a big, strong mare who is a big strider and usually they don’t handle the wet.”
Redhandedjill is among 24 nominations for the Benchmark 80 handicap over 1100m at Rosehill.
With Robert Thompson in the saddle, Redhandedjill won a fillies and mares race over Saturday’s course.
The city win came four starts after Redhandedjill hit the comeback trail after a serious injury.
“She cracked a sesamoid bone as a younger horse and that’s going to limit her career,” Grills said.
Thompson is on standby if Redhandedjill lines up at Rosehill.
The Australian Turf Club has mostly received healthy entries for the Rosehill card.
There are 18 nominations for the open handicap over 1400m with Darley trainer Peter Snowden providing three stakes-class horses.
Snowden’s entry is headed by Group One Spring Champion Stakes winner Erewhon who will be having his second run after a lengthy spell.
Randwick Guineas placegetter Skilled and Listed winner Yulalona are also Darley nominations.
Erewhon defeated stablemate Retrieve in last year’s Spring Champion Stakes but he was off the scene until his second to Somepin Anypin at Rosehill on October 8.
Somepin Anypin is also among Saturday’s entries along with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pureness, a Group Two winner during this year’s Sydney autumn carnival.