Race 1 - 12:10pm
Highway Class 2 Handicap (1400m)
Scarlett Missile has been a model of consistency this time and is up to winning this week’s Highway race. The Stirling Osland-trained mare hasn’t finished out of the places at her last five appearances and has finished within a length of the winner in two Highway races most-recently. She’s rock-hard fit and gets her opportunity at 1400m.
1 Unit E/W Scarlett Missile
Race 2 - 12:45pm
ATC Member Tours Handicap (1500m)
Re Edit hasn’t been seen at the races since June and there is no doubt that she’ll improve from the hit-out, but she is also a horse capable of a sharp performance fresh and I’m eager to have a small play in the second on San Domenico Stakes Day. The Camelot mare won over this trip at Hawkesbury first-up last time and continued to perform well as Chris Waller raised the bar; running third in open company in the Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stales most notably. This is a big drop in class from her last start and she can make a winning return.
1 Unit E/W Re Edit
Race 3 - 1:20pm
Everest Carnival Handicap (1500m)
Irukandji has typically performed well in races tougher than this one throughout his career, and he looks ready to win second-up at a nice price ($8 at publish). While saddled by Team Hawkes, the Dundeel gelding returned several pleasing efforts including a win in Group 3 company, and I thought that his first-up run for fifth in BM78 company here at Rosehill was full of merit.
1 Unit E/W Irukandji
Race 4 - 1:55pm
Nathan's Famous Handicap (2000m)
This looks like being one of the more open contests on San Domenico Stakes Day and at publish, we’re looking at around $5 the field.
It has taken Ulusaba a few runs to find the right form this time in and while he does face a rise in class into this field, he looks a live each-way chance at the $9 mark. The Waterhouse & Bott-trained gelding finished fourth in a couple of decent races at Randwick and Rosehill before dropping back in class last time for an impressive and dominant win at Canterbury. He’s rock-hard fit and can fight out the finish.
1 Unit E/W Ulusaba
Race 5 - 2:30pm
Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m)
A small but talented field of three-year-olds has been confirmed for the feature race, but betting suggests that it’s Bivouac’s race to lose. The Godolphin-trained colt has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his short racing career so far and resumed this time for a dominant win in the Listed Rosebud. He’ll only improve off that effort and will probably win, but the $1.65 on offer at publish is too short for me, so I’m happy to stay out.
Race 6 - 3:10pm
Group 3 Premier's Cup (1900m)
Some of Sydney’s most exciting stayers have been confirmed in the Premier’s Cup field and this should give us a good indicator as to which horses are a live chance of winning races like The Metropolitan.
Wolfe returned to the races for an impressive win in the prelude for this race a fortnight ago and does look the horse to beat again. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained gelding recorded two wins and a close-up second in his three autumn starts and will have the notable advantage of Tim Clark in the saddle on Saturday.
Grey Lion hasn’t been seen at the races since June but was outstanding last time in and looms as a live each-way chance. The Galileo gelding won both the Group 3 JRA Plate and Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup before ending his campaign a close-up second in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup. Matt Smith really has found the key to this horse and he would not look out of place in the Premier’s Cup winner’s stall.
3 Units Wolfe
0.5 Units E/W Grey Lion
Race 7 - 3:50pm
Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m)
Subedar is one of the countless world class three-year-olds that James Cummings and Godolphin have ready for the Spring Carnival and he’ll be tough to beat in the Ming Dynasty Quality. The son of Sepoy has only had two career starts so far but has more than stamped himself as a horse to follow by winning both. This is his sternest test to date, but he’ll only improve further and is up to winning.
2 Units Subedar
Race 8 - 4:30pm
Benchmark 88 Handicap (1200m)
All Too Royal returned to the races for a smart win on the Kenso course, and he is up to winning a race of this quality at a nice price ($10 at publish). The All Too Hard gelding was a model of consistency for the Maher & Eustace stable last time in and finished worse that second only once in seven starts. He’ll be able to navigate to a prominent position from the rails draw and will get a nice relief in the weights with Bill Owen’s claim.
1 Unit E/W All Too Royal
Race 9 - 5:10pm
Australian Turf Club Handicap (1100m)
God Of Thunder was strong to the line when second on the Kensington course first-up this time, and looks well placed to go one better in the last on San Domenico Stakes Day. The Team Hawkes-trained gelding was only kept to light duties in autumn; beating several good horses to the line at Warwick Farm first-up; sent to the paddock after finishing down the order in Listed level. This looks to be about his grade, and he’ll enjoy good improvement.
2 Units God Of Thunder