2019 Run To The Rose Day Preview

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.

No Bet

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 again.

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 saddle.

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 affair.

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