The $1 million Golden Gift for two-year-olds headlines Saturday’s nine-race program at Rosehill Gardens.
The rail will be set out 3 metres around the entire course and at publish, the track is rated in the soft range.
Race 1 - 12:45pm AEDT
Adam Gardiner Fund Journey (2400m)
Parry Sound is chasing a hat-trick of wins when he contests Race 1 on Golden Gift Day and he looks tough to beat.
The Pierro gelding has improved noticeably with each of his four starts back from a spell, and beat home some handy horses on the Kensington course at Randwick last time out.
This is another rise in class, but the horse is flying, and he can continue his transition through the grades.
2 Units Parry Sound
Race 2 - 1:20pm AEDT
Highway Handicap (1500m)
This week’s Highway race will be contested over 1500m and there is a case to be made for several, but I’ll be happy to have something on the Keith Dryden-trained Wichita Warrior.
Wichita Warrioer ended his last prep with consecutive wins at Goulburn and Canberra, and resuming with a lovely effort to finish second in BM84 company in the nation’s capital.
He’ll have to contend with the outside barrier, but he harbours plenty of improvement and looks up to winning one of these.
2 Units Wichita Warrior
Race 3 - 1:55pm AEDT
Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1500m)
Petronius has continued to improve with each start back from a spell and is ready to win.
The Gay & John Moore-trained gelding filled the minors behind All Time Legend when resuming at Randwick in September, finishing fourth in BM78 company and second in a similar contest last time out.
He’s drawn favourably, gets in fine under the conditions, and looks the one to beat.
3 Units Petronius
Race 4 - 2:35pm AEDT
Drinkwise Country Classic (2000m)
Express Courier hasn’t run a bad race this time, and he looks well placed to record another win at Rosehill on Saturday.
The five-year-old son of Foxwedge won at Canberra when resuming this time, finishing second behind Peyton Place before returning to winning form in BM70 company last time out.
Fitter fourth-up, from the good draw and with a claiming apprentice in the saddle, I think this looks really nice target for him.
3 Units Express Courier
Race 5 - 3:15pm AEDT
Kia Handicap (1800m)
Stockman went close to winning at a price here last Saturday, and I think that he can go one better on the short back-up.
The Tavistock gelding needed the run when he finishing down the order in BM78 company at Randwick when resuming, but was beaten just a head by Elaborate last week.
He’s another horse that harbours plenty of improvement and he is drawn to receive the run of the race from barrier 6.
4 Units Stockman
Race 6 - 3:55pm AEDT
Golden Gift (1100m)
The Golden Gift is worth $1 million and three of the eleven confirmed starters will be making their competitive debuts.
I was impressed with what Captivant managed to produce on debut and he’ll take improvement into this race.
The Capitalist colt showed ability at the trials and put the writing on the way with an easy win in the Victory Vein Plate.
On exposed form, this doesn’t look a whole lot harder.
3 Units Captivant
Race 7 - 4:35pm AEDT
Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m)
This is a decent edition of the Hot Danish Stakes, but I am happy to stick with Subpoenaed dropping back in class.
Subpoenaed took a couple to find her best when resuming in August, but mustered a big turn of foot to swallow up her rivals in the Group 2 Golden Pendant at this track and distance in late September.
She finished down the order in both the Silver Eagle and last weekend’s Golden Eagle, but I think that she finds her best here, and in mares’ company.
We can have a genuine each-way play at around the $13 mark.
2 Units E/W Subpoenaed
Race 8 - 5:20pm AEDT
Iron Jack Handicap (1300m)
This looms as one of the more open contests on Golden Gift Day, and a runner like Frosty Rocks can win fresh.
He hasn’t been seen at the races since August, but Frosty Rocks was a strong and consistent performer last time in, and has good fresh form.
He’s had the benefit of a couple of trials leading up to his return and this looks a lovely launchpad for him.
2 Units Frosty Rocks
Race 9 - 6pm AEDT
Chandon Handicap (1300m)
It’s tough and there’s a genuine case to be built for a few, but I’m going to have a small each-way bet on Savigne in the last on Golden Gift Day.
Savigne has won two of her last three starts, albeit in a weaker grade, and is just under five weeks between runs heading into this contest.
I like that she’s had a trial since her last start, and I like that she’ll get some relief in the weights with Thomas Stockdale aboard.
1 Unit E/W Savigne