The time-honoured Lord Mayors Cup headlines another exciting ten-race program at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The rail will be left in the true position around the entire course and at publish, we’re faced with a track rated in the Heavy (8) range.

Race 1 - 11am

Precise Fire Handicap (1200m)

Shalailed boasts a fitness and experience edge over many of his rivals in the first on Lord Mayor’s Cup Day and he can continue his rise through the grades.

The son of Shalaa filled the minors in each of his first two starts back in December and was tipped out, and he has improved for two back this time, including a win in maiden company at Canterbury earlier this month.

Fitter third-up and under Brenton Avdulla, he can fight out the finish again.

2 Units Shalailed

Race 2 - 11:35am

Highway Handicap (1200m)

Hardware Lane rates as a key winning chance in this week’s Highway race.

The Scissor Kick gelding has recorded two wins and as many second placings from just seven starts so far, returning a career-best performance to win a similar race to this one at Hawkesbury by more than three lengths.

I think that he’ll only improve for that effort and I’m keen to have a decent crack.

5 Units Hardware Lane

Race 3 - 12:10pm

Schweppes Handicap (1500m)

It’s a rise in class, but Rangi Toa has hardly put a hoof wrong since debuting and he can record another win at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Shamexpress gelding recorded two wins and a close-up second placing from his three starts in New Zealand, then he hit the ground running in Australia with a smart win at Randwick-Kensington last time.

He too will only improve this weekend and can fight out the finish.

4 Units Rangi Toa

Race 4 - 12:45pm

Midway Handicap (1400m)

Typically, there is a case to be made for a few of them in this week’s Midway Handicap, but I am keen to take some of the value that is on offer for the resuming Bazooka.

He hasn’t been seen at the races since October, but Bazooka is Stakes-performed and has raced well around some very good horses in each of his preparations so far.

He has options from the rails draw and we can have an each-way play at the price.

1 Units E/W Bazooka

Race 5 - 1:20pm

Canadian Club Handicap (2000m)

This isn’t the easiest race in Sydney to analyse this week, but I am going to have something on Awesome Wonder.

The three-year-old daughter of Galileo faces a rise in class, but a lot of these gallopers do and I thought that there was a lot to like about her resuming performance and win at Wyong.

With improvement, this looks a good opportunity for her to strike in Saturday metro company.

3 Units Awesome Wonder

Race 6 - 1:55pm

Fujitsu General Handicap (1800m)

This is a drop in class for Dynasties and I think that she will take a power of beating.

The three-year-old daughter of Sebring has missed placing only once since debuting and she resumed this time for a credible third in the Group 3 JHB Carr Stakes, before winning the Listed Bracelet on the Gold Coast last time.

Fitter third-up and over 1800m, I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish.

6 Units Dynasties

Race 7 - 2:30pm

Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m)

This is an open edition of the Lord Mayors Cup, but I think that is looks the perfect race for Aleas.

Aleas has continued to improve with each of his three starts since arriving in Australia, peaking with an impressive performance and win over some handy gallopers in the Wagga Cup last time out.

He steps out this week in peak order, is drawn well and can make it two in a row.

4 Units Aleas

Race 8 - 3:05pm

Furphy Handicap (1200m)

I’m going to have something on Calgary Queen in the eighth at Rosehill on Saturday.

Calgary Queen has returned several competitive efforts this time in, finishing fifth in the Gosford Provincial Championships Qualifier when resuming back in March, winning a BM72 race at Hawkesbury most notably.

She takes her place in this race at peak fitness, she gets into it well under the conditions, and she’s another whom we can have something on each way.

2 Units E/W Calgary Queen

Race 9 - 3:45pm

KIA Handicap (1500m)

Some talented horses will step out in the penultimate race on Lord Mayors Cup Day, including Surf Dancer.

Surf Dancer hasn’t looked out of place in black type company several times in his career, returning with a fair effort to finish fourth over 1300m at Randwick last time.

Getting out to 1500m this week is ideal and I like that he has been back to the trials since his last race start.

3 Units Surf Dancer

Race 10 - 4:25pm

Bowermans Handicap (1200m)

Spaceboy hasn’t shown his best in three starts back this time, but he does step out this week in peak order and it’s also the easiest task that he has been set.

The Deep Field gelding finished down the order in the Maurice McCartan Stakes back in March, and he returned from a freshen-up to finish fifth behind the likes of Andermatt and Dragonstone late last month.

He gets some relief in the weights this week and can make all of his own luck on the pace.

2 Units E/W Spaceboy