Rosehill Gardens Preview – Wednesday 1st April


Race 1 - 1:25pm AEDT

Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1200m)

More than half of this field is on debut, but I was impressed with Gundy Bridge’s only performance to date and he can break his maiden at Rosehill on Wednesday. The I Am Invincible colt stepped out in maiden company at Gosford and mustered a smart turn of foot to finish second behind Jerle. He’ll enjoy good improvement from that effort and can return the Waterhouse & Bott stable another win.

1 Unit Gundy Bridge

Race 2 - 2pm AEDT

Iron Jack Plate (1300m)

Battleground has finished second at each of his three career appearances and is ready to win at Rosehill on Wednesday. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained colt ended his debut prep second in the Listed Gosford Guineas and resumed last week to finish second to Twice A Special at Warwick Farm. With natural improvement and on exposed form, he is the one to beat.

2 Units Battleground

Race 3 - 2:35pm AEDT

Benchmark 70 Handicap (1500m)

Miyaki is resuming from a let-up this week and looks well placed to make a winning return. The well-bred colt returned several pleasing efforts during his most recent campaign, winning at Kembla Grange in January before placing second behind the classy Kiss The Bride at Canterbury. She returned a lovely trial in the lead up to this race and will be partnered by James McDonald.

1 Unit E/W Miyake

Race 4 - 3:10pm AEDT

Sky Racing Active Handicap (1500m)

Foxborough is dropping in class this week and is primed to record the second win of her career. The Dissident filly finished third behind Funstar and Probabeel in the Group 1 Flight Stakes during the Spring Racing Carnival, albeit well and truly off the pace, and she resumed this time for a lovely win in the Canberra Guineas Preview, before finishing fifth in the Listed Guineas at the same track last time out. While I don’t think that she is quite up to black type company at this point of her career, this looks an ideal race for her.

2 Units E/W Foxborough

Race 5 - 3:45pm AEDT

Vinery Stallions Handicap (1800m)

This looks to be one of the better races on Wednesday’s Rosehill Gardens card and there is a case to be made for many runners in this field.

James McDonald has elected to jump off classy galloper Yonkers and instead ride Humbolt Current, and that does look a good indication of his confidence in the import. The Fastnet Rock gelding was a consistent performer without setting the racing world on fire during his debut Australian prep, and he’s sure to enjoy good improvement from a first-up run for sixth at Rosehill a couple of weeks ago.

1 Unit E/W Humbolt Current

Race 6 - 4:20pm AEDT

Astern @ Inglis Easter Handicap (1300m)

This is the easiest race that True Detective has accepted for by a country mile this campaign and he simply won’t be offered a better opportunity to return to winning form. The Shamus Award gelding has always hinted at above-average ability and he finished third in each of his first two starts this campaign, including the Inglis Sprint, but finished at the tail of the field in the Listed Fireball Stakes last start. I like that he has trialled since his last-start and he is ready to win.

2 Units True Detective

Race 7 - 4:55pm AEDT

Autism Community Network Handicap (1100m)

This is set to be another quality contest, with some serious Saturday-grade talent engaged for a start.

Dirty Work has stripped fitter for three starts this campaign and is ready to win fourth-up, in what is a noticeable drop in grade. The Team Hawkes-trained colt stamped himself as one to watch in the spring, highlighted by a third placing behind Bivouac in the Group 3 Vain Stakes. He resumed this time for a credible fifth placing at The Valley and ran fourth in the Listed Moomba Plate and while he didn’t beat a horse home in the Listed Darby Munro less than a fortnight ago, he did finish only a couple of lengths from the winner.

2 Units Dirty Work

Race 8 - 5:30pm AEDT

Ranvet Power Formula Handicap (1200m)

Unguarded has a fitness edge over many of her key rivals in the last at Rosehill on Wednesday and I think that could prove the difference. The Trusting mare has been good in two starts back from a freshen-up, finishing fourth over 1100m at Canterbury and filling the minors on the Kensington course at Randwick last time out. She looks capable of going on with the job from a good gate this week (barrier 3).

1 Unit E/W Unguarded

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