2020 Festival Stakes Day Preview

Festival Stakes Day will take place at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, and three black type contests headline the program.

The rail will remain in the true position around the entire course and at publish, the track is rated in the good range.  

Race 1 - 1:15pm AEDT

De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1100m)

Sliders was an impressive winner on debut, and she can record another win at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The two-year-old daughter of Street Boss showed ability at the trials prior to making her debut, and she put the writing on the wall with an impressive performance and win in the Max Lees Classic at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago.

With improvement from the effort and from the good draw, she’ll be tough to beat again.

3 Units Sliders

Race 2 - 1:50pm AEDT

Bisley Workwear Handicap (2400m)

Relucent has been a strong and consistent performer this preparation, and I am happy to stick with him again of this open contest over a mile and a half.

The Savabeel gelding has missed placing only a handful of times in nineteen career starts, and enter this race off the back of a close-up second over 2000m at Kembla Grange.

I like that he’s on the short back-up, getting further out in trip and will be ridden by Nash Rawiller.

2 Units Relucent

Race 3 - 2:25pm AEDT

Highway Class 2 Handicap (1200m)

This is a pretty good Highway race, and there is a case to be made for plenty of runners ahead of the 1200m sprint.

Cock Match has improved for two starts, and something of this quality is certainly not beyond him.

The Zoffany gelding has returned plenty of competitive efforts during his twenty-start career, and while he needed the run when he finished down the order behind Art Cadeau here first-up, he was far better at Gunnedah last time out.

Fitter third-up and at the price, I’m happy to have a little each-way play.

1 Unit E/W Cock Match

Race 4 - 3pm AEDT

Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1300m)

This is another race for which nearly every horse has winning claims, but I’m going to stick with Segalas.

Segalas was a model of consistency last time in, and she returned to the races this time with a fair effort to finish midfield at Canterbury.

She was freshened, and returned four weeks ago with an eye-catching effort and win in an almost identical race to this one.

I like that she’s had a trial since her last-start effort, she gets some relief in the weights with Tom Sherry aboard, and she can win again.

2 Units E/W Segalas

Race 5 - 3:40pm AEDT

Iron Jack Handicap (1100m)

This is a drop in class for Plaquette and she is primed to win.

The four-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel rarely returns a flat effort, and she simply couldn’t have been more impressive when scoring fresh on the Kensington course at Randwick.

She has since finished second behind Blazing Miss over 1000m at Randwick and filled the minors, just half a length from the winner in BM80 company down the straight at Flemington.

Returning to Sydney should prove ideal, she is at peak fitness and will launch from a good gate with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

5 Units Plaquette

Race 6 - 4:20pm AEDT

Listed ATC Cup (2000m)

She hasn’t shown her absolute best form this time, but Greysful Glamour does look ideally suited to the conditions of the ATC Cup, and I think that she can be in the race for a long way.

The Stratum mare has returned plenty of eye-catching efforts throughout her career and was only just denied by Emeralds by the barest of margins in the Group 3 Angst Stakes most notably this time.

The 2000m looks ideal at this point of her preparation, she’s weighted well, and she will give them something to chase.

3 Units Greysful Glamour

Race 7 - 5pm AEDT

Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m)

Noble Boy will enjoy good improvement from a competitive effort for fourth in the Goulburn Cup, and the Festival Stakes looks a great race for him.

The Bon Hoffa gelding has been excellent throughout his racing career, and he returned several eye-catching performances during his first preparation for Clare Cunningham, highlighted by his win in the Listed Winter Stakes over 1400m here.

I like that he’s had a trial since his first-up effort and with even luck from the wide draw, he can fight out the finish.

2 Units E/W Noble Boy

Race 8 - 5:40pm AEDT

Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m)

This is an outstanding edition of the Starlight Stakes, and is shapes as an intriguing betting race.

Viridine probably found his best form last time in and this looks a lovely launchpad for him.

The six-year-old son of Poet’s Voice has always hinted at above-average ability, and while he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype, he won three of his last four starts in winter, including both the Bletchingly Stakes and the Regal Roller Stakes.

His fresh record is good and he has had the benefit of a couple of trials leading into this race, while I also think that his class will take him a long way towards winning.

2 Units E/W Viridine

Race 9 - 6:15pm AEDT

Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1500m)

Two Big Fari has improved for two starts back from a spell and is ready to win at Rosehill on Saturday.

The talented country galloper was set for a fresh run in The Kosciuszko and finished a length and a half fifth behind It’s Me, while I thought that there was also quite a bit to like about his run over 1300m at Newcastle last time off a freshen-up.

With improvement from that effort and what is a slight drop in class, I think he’ll take beating.

2 Units E/W Two Big Fari

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