Sydney’s major metropolitan meeting will take place at Rosehill Gardens this weekend and nine races are on the card.
The rail will remain in the true position around the entire course and at publish, the track is rated in the Soft (5) range.
Race 1 - 12:55pm AEDT
The Agency Real Estate Handicap (1100m)
Just three of the sixteen confirmed starters in the first at Rosehill have race day experience and at publish, the debuting Remark is a clear odds-on favourite.
I am happy to stay out of this race and watch, with a view towards something later in the season.
Race 2 - 1:30pm AEDT
Sky Racing Active Handicap (1100m)
This is an intriguing race, but Tailleur looks the runner to beat second-up.
Tailleur simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race, and recorded three wins from four starts last preparation and found form around some talented horded.
She finished second behind Snapdancer when resuming in December and while she is a month between runs, she has been kept up to the mark with a nice trial.
4 Units Tailleur
Race 3 - 2:05pm AEDT
Highway Class 3 Handicap (1500m)
Costas can win this weekend’s Highway race.
He has continued to improve for each of his three starts back from a spell this time, culminating in a close-up second behind Boyles in one of these races over 1400m, last time out.
With improvement from that effort and getting further out in trip, he’s ready to win.
3 Units Costas
Race 4 - 2:40pm AEDT
Precise Air Handicap (2000m)
Harpo Marx has been a strong and consistent performer this preparation and strikes another winnable race at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The five-year-old son of Galileo recorded consecutive wins at Wyong and Warwick Farm before making the step up to Saturday city company lasty time, finishing half a length third over a mile and a half.
I like that trainer Bjorn Baker is dropping the horse in trip and he is rock-hard fit for this contest.
4 Units Harpo Marx
Race 5 - 3:15pm AEDT
Schweppes Handicap (1200m)
UK import Cognac will make his Australian debut at Rosehill on Saturday and I am happy to have something on.
The four-year-old son of Invincible Spirit was excellent during the early stages of his career and is yet to miss placing in six career starts, winning on three occasions.
He has returned a couple of nice trials in the lead up to this race and there are no real stars engaged – it looks a lovely launchpad for him.
2 Units E/W Cognac
Race 6 - 3:55pm AEDT
Benchmark 78 Handicap (1500m)
Ellsberg has enjoyed an ideal debut preparation and looks the runner to beat in Race 6 at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Spill The Beans colt hasn’t missed placing in five starts so far, winning twice and producing a competitive run in black type company most notably.
He is clearly at peak fitness for this contest and with even luck from the wide draw, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.
5 Units Ellsberg
Race 7 - 4:35pm AEDT
Ranvet Handicap (1300m)
Blaze A Trail is set to make his return at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday and with be further boosted by the booking of in-form hoop Rachel King.
Last time in, he recorded two wins from as many starts, breaking his maiden with ease first-up before winning a Handicap over a mile at Newcastle.
He has returned two lovely trials in the lead-up to his return and is drawn to receive a lovely run from barrier 7.
2 Units Blaze A Trail
Race 8 - 5:20pm AEDT
Iron Jack Handicap (1100m)
Lashes is a dual acceptor at Rosehill on Saturday and this looks a very winnable race for her, should trainer Matt Smith elect to go this way.
She has been a strong and consistent performer throughout her racing career and returned to the races to finish a credible third in BM78 company at Randwick.
With improvement for that effort and from the good draw, she can fight out the finish.
3 Units Lashes
Race 9 - 6pm AEDT
Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1350m)
Private Eye has recorded three wins from as many starts this preparation and will take beating in the last at Rosehill.
The Joe Pride-trained gelding has improved with each start and as the bar has been raised, culminating in a near two-length win on the Kensington course at Randwick a fortnight ago.
This doesn’t look to be too much if any harder, and he can win again.
5 Units Private Eye