2018 Golden Rose Stakes Day Preview

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Race 1 - 12:10pm

Canbra-Vale Diggers Handicap (1300m)

This is an interesting way to start the day and there are a host of winning chances in this field. Royal Celebration finished within a length of The Autumn Sun at his last start before heading to the spelling paddock and he has trialled nicely ahead of his return to the races. The wide barrier draw is a touch awkward and he will need some luck in running, but he is a horse with upside and he is right in what is an open contest.

1.5 Units Royal Celebration

Race 2 - 12:50pm

Highway Handicap (1500m)

Risk And Reward is set to start this race as a clear favourite. He has raced well in these races in the past without winning and he is a horse that always seems to find one better on the day. I can’t get him as short as his current quote, but there is no other horse in this contest that really appeals and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Race 3 - 1:25pm

Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m)

The Gloaming Stakes has only drawn the six runners, but it is still an interesting betting race. Tarka held-off Dealmaker to record a win in the Stan Fox Stakes and he gives the impression that he will relish the step-up in trip to 1800 metres. There is no fitter horse in this field and he has the benefit of James McDonald in the saddle. He can win this contest and will go into the Spring Champion Stakes as one of the leading contenders.

2.5 Units Tarka

Race 4 - 2:00pm

Group 3 JRA Trophy (2400m)

I am happy to take on the form coming out of the Newcastle Gold Cup and both Sin To Win and Miss Admiration appeal at their current odds. Sin To Win won the Andrew Ramsden Stakes during the Winter and he returned to the races with a very promising effort in the Heatherlie Stakes. The step-up to 2400 metres will suit him and there is no better rider of stayers in this country than Kerrin McEvoy.

Miss Admiration is another mare that will appreciate the step-up in trip and she wasn’t beaten far in the Australasian Oaks as a three-year-old. She maps to get a lovely run in transit with Jay Ford in the saddle and she will be storming home in the final stages of this contest.

1.5 Units Sin To Win

1.5 Units Miss Admiration

Race 5 - 2:35pm

Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1600m)

There was plenty to like about the way that Youngstar found the line in the Tramway Stakes and the step-up in trip to 1600 metres will suit. The small field means that she shouldn’t be too far off the leaders, but there is enough pace in this race to give her the chance to finish over the top of her rivals. Trainer Chris Waller has his four-year-olds firing and, if she improves on her first-up effort, she will prove very tough to beat.

2.5 Units Youngstar

Race 6 - 3:10pm

Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m)

Dixie Blossoms wasn’t beaten far by Comin’ Through and Tom Melbourne first-up in the Tramway Stakes and the return to mares’ company does suit. She has finished second in the Golden Pendant for the past two years and this is her opportunity to finally win this race. Her second-up record is strong and she maps to get a lovely run in transit with Christian Reith in the saddle. She appeals at $6 in what is an incredibly open race.

1.5 Units Dixie Blossoms

Race 7 - 3:50pm

Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m)

This is an excellent edition of the Golden Rose Stakes. I think that the quality is at the top of this field and I would be surprised if one of Lean Mean Machine, The Autumn Sun, Zousain or Graff doesn’t win this race. The horse that does appeal at his current price is Lean Mean Machine. Lean Mean Machine returned to the races with an outstanding win in The Run To The Rose. He was able to finish over the top of Graff and he would have won by further, if he wasn’t checked badly at the 300 metre mark. The step-up to 1400 metres suits and he won the Sires’ Produce Stakes in Brisbane during the Winter Racing Carnival.

The obvious danger is Graff. He didn’t have a great deal of luck in running in The Run To The Rose and he was still able to find the line nicely. The step-up to 1400 metres shouldn’t be an issue for him and he maps to get the run of the race with Jason Collett in the saddle. I don’t want to lose on the race if he is able to get the job done.

2 Units Lean Mean Machine

1 Unit Graff

Race 8 - 4:30pm

Gow-Gates Handicap (1400m)

This is a tricky betting contest and one that I am not overly keen on getting involved in. The horse that does appeal at a nice price is Savacool. She had clearly gone over the top when she ran in the Australasian Oaks and the Queensland Oaks, but before that her form had been excellent. The likes of Unforgotten and Youngstar have already made promising returns to the races on the back of Oaks campaigns and she can figure in an open race at $8.

1 Unit Savacool

Race 9 - 5:10pm

Fugen Handicap (2000m)

This is a tricky way to finish the day for punters and the majority of punters will be going wide in the final leg of the quaddie. I am intrigued by the fact that Jarrod Mclean has sent Romanesque to Sydney and he brings a different form line into this contest. His form in Melbourne has been fair, without winning, and the step-up to 2000 metres will suit. I am happy to take a gamble at the current price of $10.

1 Unit Romanesque