Race 1 - 11:30am
Eight two-year-old have been confirmed in the field for the first and at this point of the season, all have made their competitive debuts.
The Chris Waller-trained Hulk will take plenty of benefit into his second-up target and looks tough to beat. Hulk is yet to break his maiden, but he’s also only had three career starts and there was a lot to like about his first-up effort to finish second behind Diamond Thunder, who will also take his place in this field. He has more upside than that horse and is ready to win.
2 Units Hulk
Race 2 - 12:05pm
Green Reign has only had one career starts and hasn’t been seen at the races since December, but he looks the one to beat in this week’s Highway race. The three-year-old son of Lope De Vega took up the running at Ipswich and while he did plenty wrong, he still won. He’s had the benefit of several outstanding trials leading into this and can keep alive his unbeaten career start.
1 Unit Green Reign
Race 3 - 12:40pm
Mushaireb has returned to the races in excellent conditions this time and is primed for another big performance at Rosehill on Saturday. The Elusive Spirit gelding debuted in Australia last year and returned a tough effort for second in a midweek race before he was immediately put away. He savaged the line for an impressive first-up win over 1400m at Warwick Farm and there was a lot to like about his performance on the Kensington course last time out, having been blocked in the straight. There is no doubt that he’ll relish the rise in trip, and he can record the second win of his campaign.
3 Units Mushaireb
Race 4 - 1:15pm
Star Of The Seas has been a strong and consistent performer this time and strikes another winnable one at Rosehill on Saturday. The Ocean Park gelding hasn’t finished out of the places in six starts and strung together impressive wins here at Rosehill in late March, most notably. He’s rock-hard and will take beating once again.
2 Units Star Of The Seas
Race 5 - 1:55pm
Transmitter hasn’t been seen at the races since January, but she returned several pleasing results last time in and looks a live each-way chance in one of the more open races on Lord Mayors Cup Day. The Medaglia D’Oro filly strolled in to break her maiden by three lengths first-up last time before repeating that effort and result in a tougher race. She’s since placed and won another tougher race and she’s had the benefit of a couple of trials leading into this. She’ll need luck from a wide draw but is up to winning.
1 Unit E/W Transmitter
Race 6 - 2:35pm
Reelem In Ruby has returned two pleasing efforts this time and will only improve third-up at Rosehill on Saturday. The Team Snowden-trained filly flew home to finish an agonizingly close second at Warwick Farm first-up but responded with a dominant win over 1300m last time out. She can slot in behind the pace from barrier 8 and will be hard to hold out.
2 Units Reelem In Ruby
Race 7 - 3:15pm
Grey Lion recorded a dominant win in the Group 3 JRA Plate last time out and is primed for another big performance in Saturday’s feature race. The Galileo gelding has always shown promise since debuting in Australia, but a transfer to Matt Smith’s Sydney stables appears to have really switched him on, and a repeat of his last start effort would see him winning again. I like that’s been kept up to the mark with a trial and the $5 on offer at publish does look a touch of overs.
2 Units Grey Lion
Race 8 - 3:55pm
Piracy has steadily improved with racing this time and looks a chance at odds in the penultimate race on Lord Mayors Cup Day. The four-year-old son of Exceed And Excel ran second over 1200m at Randwick first-up and while he clearly didn’t relish the soft-going at Kembla Grange second-up, he’s finished placed in two sprints on ‘good’. He’s drawn well in barrier 7 and can fight out the finish again.
1 Unit E/W Piracy
Race 9 - 4:35pm
A tough end to the day from a betting perspective and a case to be made for several horses in the capacity field of 18.
I’m happy to take on the favourite Nicco Lad as he looks a bit of a non-winner and Calculated looks as though he’ll have conditions to suit. The So You Think gelding has continued to improve with racing this time and worked home well to finish third over a mile at Gosford last time out. He’s had a few weeks between runs and has been kept up to the mark with a trial.
0.5 Units E/W Calculated