Race 1 - 12:10pm
Highway Class 3 Handicap (1400m)
Gem Dealer made up plenty of ground to finish fourth in a Highway race first-up and will take plenty of improvement into her second campaign target at Rosehill on Saturday. The Dundeel mare returned several pleasing efforts in similar races last time in, and her wide draw shouldn’t be too much of an issue and she’ll likely settle off the pace regardless.
2 Units Gem Dealer
Race 2 - 12:50pm
Everest Carnival Handicap (1800m)
Costello has continued to improve with racing this time and looks ready to return to the winner’s stall on Run To The Rose Day. The Americain gelding worked home well to finish on the winner’s heels here at Rosehill last time out, and the small drop in trip looks as though it will suit. This looks a reasonably open contest and I’ll be happy to have something small on Costello.
1 Unit Costello
Race 3 - 1:25pm
Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1500m)
There are several horses making the step up from Wednesday-grade
into the third at Rosehill on Saturday and at publish, last start winner Adana
maintains market favouritism despite drifting. Given that several horses that
are yet to show much this time in are prominent in the market, I’m happy to
watch this one, with a view towards targets later in the carnival.
Race 4 - 2:00pm
Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (2400m)
Dabiyr has returned to racing in excellent form this time and
looks the one to beat in the fourth. The Redoute’s Choice gelding has won two
of his last three starts, including an impressive performance at The Valley
last time out and he is rock-hard fit for this contest. James McDonald is a
positive booking and as long as he handles the switch to the Sydney way of
going, he’ll take a power of beating.
3 Units Dabiyr
Race 5 - 2:35pm
Listed Dulcify Stakes (1500m)
Group 1 winner Castelvecchio will make his long-awaited
return to the races in the Dulcify Quality and anything close to his best form would
see him comfortably winning. The Dundeel colt enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence
as a two-year-old; winning his first two career starts including the Inglis Millennium,
and he capped his preparation with a dominant win in the Champagne Stakes. He’s
had the benefit of a couple of trials and can take a position off the early
pace from his wide draw.
2 Units Castelvecchio
Race 6 - 3:10pm
Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m)
Only eight horses have accepted for the Run To The Rose, but there’s a case to be made for nearly every one and we’re set for a terrific contest.
Exceedance resumed with a career-best performance to win the
San Domenico Stakes a fortnight ago and will only improve second-up in the Run To
The Rose. The Team Hawkes galloper stamped himself as a horse to follow during
a short debut prep, but his first-up oerfoirmance this time suggested that he
has returned a far more furnished prospect this time and he’s the one to beat
I’ll also be having a saver on Yes Yes Yes, who is first-up
for the Waller yard. Yes Yes Yes has finished worse than second only once in five
career starts; that being a credible seventh in the Golden Rose, and he resumed
last time for an easy win in the Todman Stakes.
2 Units Exceedance
1 Unit Yes Yes Yes
Race 7 - 3:50pm
Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m)
Former West Australian Arcadia Queen will resume in the Theo
Marks Stakes and she is obviously a talented horse, but the $1.80 on offer in
betting at publish is too short for me and I am eager to take her on first-up.
El Dorado Dreaming is also first-up, but she has good fresh
form and looks over the odds at a huge price. The Group 1 winner didn’t return
to winning form through three starts in autumn but was placed in Group 1
company twice and has trialled extremely well in the lead-up to this race.
0.5 Units E/W El Dorado Dreaming
Race 8 - 4:30pm
Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m)
There has already been a couple of early scratchings from the Sheraco Stakes field, but depth of class remaining in this race suggest that it’s going to be one of the better contests on Run To The Rose Day.
Champagne Cuddles is probably unlucky not to have won a Group
1 race, but she can make a winning return to in the Sheraco Stakes. The Bjorn
Baker mare’s first-up record is excellent; winning three of six attempts and
she’s drawn well on the inside of this field with Brenton Avdulla in the
I Am Excited hasn’t been seen at the races since winter, but
she has a class edge over many of these horses and she is over the odds at
around the $10 mark. The Snitzel mare finished off well to place third in Group
3 mares’ company last time in and continued to return high-rating performances,
which included a win over the likes of Redzel in the Group 2 Victory Stakes.
2 Units Champagne Cuddles
1 Unit E/W I Am Excited
Race 9 - 5:10pm
Fugen Constructions Sprint (1100m)
Four horses will need to be scratched for race favourite Fasika
to gain a start and the last on Run To The Rose Day is otherwise a wide-open
Legend Of Condor has been a bit of a headcase throughout his
racing career, but there’s no denying his talent and I’ll be happy to have a
small each-way bet in this company. The Not A Single Doubt gelding finished off
well to place fifth at Randwick when resuming and should enjoy good improvement
from that effort. I think that James McDonald is the right jockey for him and
the horse should be given every opportunity to performer from barrier 3.
1 Unit E/W Legend Of Condor