A strong nine race card has been assembled for Rosehill this Saturday. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is out three metres for the entire circuit.
Race 1. (11:30) Abercorn Hall Of Fame Handicap 1200m
6 Press Box (Bet Now: $2.20) on top for me. Chris Waller trains this filly, who debuted at the Canterbury midweeks a couple of weeks ago and looked a little unlucky in not picking up stablemate Ms Rodarte. Just got a touch held up on the turn while the winner was on speed and off and gone for the prize. Should get a lovely run here and take some beating.
1 Stunts (Bet Now: $3.50) looks the key threat. He is three weeks between runs since contesting the Clarendon at Hawkesbury over 1300m where Angland was gifted a soft lead and kicked on strongly but felt the pinch late when third to Graff. 1300m is a bridge too far, perhaps even 1200m, but has race fitness and maps ideally.
2 Canyonero (Bet Now: $5.50) is a good looking colt who resumes for Mark Newnham. He had two runs in the Summer to kick off his career, debuting in the Inglis Nursery when second to Irish Bet before running sixth to Futooh and being tipped out. Like what I have seen from him at the trials and he has the hard race experience on his side.
Race 2. (12:05) Poitrel Hall Of Fame Handicap (77) 1400m
3 Smartedge (Bet Now: $6.00) looks one of the hardest to beat. Smart Missile gelding for Team Snowden who resumed on Anzac Day at Randwick where he got back off the speed but looked to travel well. Ducked and weaved his way through but ran out of puff late when third to a potential Group horse in Cradle Mountain. That’s good enough for this.
5 Star Sensation (Bet Now: $10.00) is a talented filly for the Mark Newnham stable who resumed over 1100m here a fortnight back and should be forgiven for her failure given she was run off her legs by Goldfinch and just found that tempo too hot. Up to 1400m looks ideal for this girl and I think she can bounce back hard.
How good is 8 Hemmerle (Bet Now: $8.00)? I don’t know yet but all you can do is win and he has done that in both career outings. Too good for them on debut at Goulburn before going to Wagga where he produced an unbelievable finish from an impossible position to win in the last stride. Looks very promising and has earned a crack in town.
Race 3. (12:40) Malcolm Johnston Hall Of Fame Handicap (82) 1100m
I think if the real 9 Charlayne (Bet Now: $3.75) turns up, she’ll be too good for them. Very good filly for Chris Waller who resumed in the PJ Bell and was far from disgraced behind Houtzen. Been freshened up and I thought she trialled up really well here last week behind Albumin, looking as if she had more to give but was under a hold.
Loved the resuming win of 5 Epidemic (Bet Now: $3.00) here a fortnight back against the mares. Looked in a bit of trouble but once Avdulla got her into clear air, she savaged the line and got the bob in to beat O’Rachael and in the process clock the fastest final splits of the meeting. Can only improve off that and is a clear threat.
Long Shot: If you’re on 7 Goldfinch (Bet Now: $14.00), you’ll be thinking you’re home for 950m of the 1100m contest. It’ll be the last 150m that you’ll be hoping she can hold on because she only knows one way to run and that is flat out. Ran over 1200m here a fortnight back and looked home but was nabbed late by Sedition. Last bit will test but she’ll give a great sight.
Race 4. (13:15) TAB Highway Handicap (Class 2) 1200m
2 Coup De Main (Bet Now: $2.10) clearly on top for me. Looks a very good three year old for Danny Williams who is 2/2 to start his career. Debuted with a strong win over 1280m at Orange before stepping back to 1200m at Wagga when leading all the way and did it very nicely after some solid market support. Harder here, but his racing pattern is very likeable.
3 Bocelli (Bet Now: $3.10) is a talented galloper for Tash Burleigh who could have headed down the Country Championships path after the Goulburn Qualifier but the stable kept him on ice. He hasn’t raced since March 26 at Goulburn when producing a lovely turn of foot from off the pace to get the job done. Interesting to see how he goes here in town.
I think that pair look the two, with next best being 7 Marco Man (Bet Now: $8.00). He ran over 1300m during the Wagga Carnival where he loomed large, hit the front and looked home, only to be nabbed right on the peg by Hemmerle, who goes around in the second so you’ll know by race time here how strong the form is. Still, that aside, he looks well placed.
Race 5. (13:55) Edward Deas Thomson Hall Of Fame Handicap (85) 2000m
I think 8 Solo Mission (Bet Now: $4.95) can go close to knocking off Roman Son in what looks a race in two. This bloke doesn’t have the brilliance of Roman Son, but he has enormous upside and you just had to be impressed with his Australian debut win here a fortnight back. Did plenty wrong in the run, looked at sea, but he still finished best and won impressively. He’ll eat up 2000m and for mine is the better betting option.
That’s not to say that 3 Roman Son (Bet Now: $1.75) can’t win. He clearly can, but what price are we getting? Red figures potentially? Carrying this sort of weight in town isn’t easy, but his win at Hawkesbury was dominant, touch arrogant. The worry is that form didn’t hold up at all at Scone last Saturday. Just have to trust your eye.
5 The Getaway (Bet Now: $26.00) looks a good roughie. Thought there was a lot of merit in his Wagga Cup run last time out, getting well back in the run and finishing off with real purpose behind Life Less Ordinary. Run prior behind Goathland was a ripper and the way he is racing, he’s certainly capable of figuring in the finish.
Race 6. (14:35) John Size Hall Of Fame Handicap (79) 1100m
3 Manolo Blahniq (Bet Now: $5.25) looks very well placed here by Tony Noonan. Quality four year old who resumes after a pretty good Summer/Autumn prep where he finally put it all together. Has promised to be a good horse for some time and though he is better suited over 1400m, he has the quality to beat these, and the trial at Cranbourne was very good.
2 Ever So Natural (Bet Now: $9.00) is racing in great form at the moment for Tracey Bartley. Lovely ride to get the win first up at Keninsgton before going to Warwick Farm last Wednesday where he ran a close up second to the above average Revenire. He has the form on the board to win and looks to map ideally from the draw.
10 Albumin (Bet Now: $2.60) is certainly capable of running well, but which version of Albumin will turn up because he can be hit and miss. First up run at Caulfield was a ripper and then the next two were awful. Been freshened up and could well have gotten a confidence by winning a trial here last week in good time. He’s the watch.
Race 7. (15:15) Australian Hall of Fame Day Handicap (95) 1500m
Hoping that 3 Special Missile (Bet Now: $3.05) can dominate from the front and take some running down. Most thought that would be the case a fortnight back over 1350m here but he was outside the speed, hit the front, looked home, but Tougherthantherest proved too good. Hopefully can dictate proceedings like he has done in two previous attempts at this track/distance, both resulting in wins.
7 Up ‘N’ Rolling (Bet Now: $3.65) was confidently supported when racing over the 1500m at Hawkesbury three weeks back and you were never really concerned if you were on, especially when Hallelujah Boy was looming on the outside. If he has taken confidence from that, he can go right on with it and go close.
I reckon 6 Collateral (Bet Now: $67.00) is a watch here. Not sure he can win, but I will be interested to see if he shows something. Resumed four weeks back at Randwick and was awful behind Tribal Wisdom. Sent back to the trials and looked much better to the eye last week last week here behind Mount Panorama. Might be one to include in exotics.
Race 8. (15:55) Chris Waller Hall Of Fame Handicap (80) 1400m
Giving 4 I Am Serious (Bet Now: $3.55) another look. Have to forgive her for the first up run over 1200 here a fortnight back because Crafty Cop just ran them off their legs, including I Am Serious, and that race shape just isn’t her go. Back to her own sex now, up to 1400m a big tick, fitter and has a very good second up record.
2 Our Belisa (Bet Now: $7.00) looks the interesting runner. Talented mare for John Thompson that resumes after really climbing through her grades during the Spring, eventually ending up in the Belle Of The Turf when fifth to Pecans. Been given a couple of quiet trials to prepare for her return but senior rider fresh with 61kg tells me there is intent to run well despite a seemingly poor fresh record.
11 Latitude (Bet Now: $8.50) lacks the class of some of these, but the way she is racing, I think she has earned a crack at city level. Has won her past two in very impressive fashion at Grafton and Taree respectively, leading throughout and doing it nicely. Once upon a time, she would struggled at the end of 1000m, but she’s relaxing much better now and kicking hard. She’ll give a great sight if she can find the front.
Race 9. (16:35) Colin Hayes Hall Of Fame Handicap (89) 1200m
Quite keen here on 2 Noire (Bet Now: $2.40) in the last. Very good mare that resumes for Chris Waller. Her Summer prep was outstanding, winning her first three before ending the prep with a close up second to the then low flying Lanciato. Two trials to prepare for her return, the latest on Tuesday at Randwick which looked outstanding to the eye.
12 Bon Amis (Bet Now: $5.00) is racing in good form for Jason Deamer. Just needs another win on the board. Was backed as if unbeatable when racing at this track/distance two weeks ago but Crafty Cop just dominated proceedings from the front and absolutely spanked them. Becoming costly to follow, but still rates as a leading chance.
7 Dissolute (Bet Now: $12.00) a clear threat. James Cummings has this gelding going really well. Strung together a couple of sharp wins prior to running a game third to Anatola in track record time at Randwick and we know that form has held up. Loved the way he went about it in a trial here last week and the race shape just looks perfect for him despite the draw.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Six Number 3 Manolo Blahniq
NEXT BEST: One Number 6 Press Box
VALUE: Race Two Number 3 Smartedge
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 3
Leg Two: 1, 3, 6, 7
Leg Three: 2, 3, 4, 11
Leg Four: 2, 4, 7, 10, 12
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