Fri, Aug 11, 2:19pm by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with the Listed Rosebud (1100m) the feature race of the day. The rail is out three-metres the entire circuit and with clear skies leading into race day, the track will be in the good range.
It’s relatively small field sizes for the most part at Rosehill with only eight three-year-olds accepting in the Rosebud. Siege of Quebec ($2.90) is unbeaten in his two career starts to date with three (from three) barrier trial wins also to his name. Last start he beat the highly touted Calculated with a workmanlike win at Newcastle’s Beaumont track before that. He’ll carry 54.5kg and with Tim Clark in the saddle, he should be able to control the race from barrier one.
Menari ($3.40) had many admirers as a two-year-old and the Gerald Ryan-trained youngster returns from a spell in the Rosebud. He was impressive on debut when a short odds-on favourite before running second to Pariah in the Group 3 Canonbury (1100m) at his second start. He then struck three heavy tracks and barely fired a shot, his most recent run before a break being midfield in the G1 Golden Slipper (1200m).
Trekking ($4.80) is having his fourth career start with his only failure also coming in the Slipper. He was good when winning on debut before a second in the G3 Black Opal (1200m). He’s had one official trial leading into Saturday which he won by nearly three lengths.
Overshare ($12) is the only other runner aside from Siege of Quebec who is already into his campaign and he broke his maiden status last start at a Canterbury midweek.
Diamond Tathagata ($11) is a G2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) winner and resumes off two trials, his most recent beating Winx into third while David Pfeiffer understands his filly, I Am Excited ($11), is in the deep end on Saturday but confident she can hold her own.
Race seven is an Open Handicap over 1400m with ten set to line up. Washington Heights ($2.50) is a lightly raced six-year-old who was off the scene for over a year before returning a winner when beating the in-form Sir Plush at Rosehill over 1200m.
Oxford Poet ($10) made a long-awaited return to the winner’s circle last start – and had to travel to Brisbane to do it – when beating Inz N Out, who was third in Washington Heights race. Sarrasin ($5.50) and Tom Melbourne ($4.40) make their debut for Chris Waller both coming from the Lee and Anthony Freedman yard prior.
Sarrasin is a six-year-old with only six starts to his name while Tom Melbourne has had his fair share of appearances in the Stewards Report from his 18 career starts. That’s A Good Idea ($13) will appreciate a dry track, Kingsguard ($9.50) was a narrow winner at this track two starts back while Dee I Cee ($31) has had a sprinkling of support in early markets.
Siege of Quebec (race 6, number 3) looks to get conditions to suit and is one of two runners who has ‘match fitness’ on his side: $2.90
Faith’s Encore (race 8, number 6) should appreciate the step up to 1400m and provided run-on horses get their chance, she’s worth a bet in an open race: $5.50
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