Fri, Nov 3, 8:20am by Staff Writer
After five straight weeks at Randwick, Sydney racing heads back out west to Rosehill Gardens. The rail is in the true and only light rain is forecast so a good track is expected.
The two-year-olds open the day with Godolphin and Team Snowden dominating the market. Neutrality ($2.50) for the Snowden’s is holding early favouritisim – just – and he makes his race debut off the one trial win. Godolphin’s Hemsted ($4.80) is also making his debut while Stunts ($2.70) is second-up after a first start third, beaten 1.7L.
Tango Rain ($2.70) resumes from a short let-up and he’s favourite for race three, a BM85 over 1100m. He’s won the one race from four starts this campaign with his other three runs all resulting in minor placings and they were all within a length of the winner.
Best Guess ($4.60) is a last start winner which came after a second to White Moss before that and White Moss has since gone on to frank that form with a win in G3 grade. Pick Me Up ($7.50) went within a nose when first-up, Pomelo ($6) is also second-up while Waitandwatch ($7) resumes from a break after winning four straight last time in.
A small field of six will line up in race four, an open handicap over 1800m. Black and Gold ($2.20) is having his third run this campaign and he’s been a well-supported favourite in early markets. He was a winner first-up at Warwick Farm’s public holiday meeting a month ago and in that race he beat Lead Choreographer and Karavali. Black on Gold then went on to run second to the highly promising Interlocuter and down on the 53kg limit, it’s no surprise to see support for him. Bjorn Baker saddles up Collateral ($3.60) and top weight Embley ($6.50) while New Tipperary ($5) has been disappointing of late but has won two from five at the track.
Race six is an 1800m BM80 with Impavido ($4) and Mortar Platoon ($8) meeting again after a photo-finish last start which went the way of Mortar Platoon. He’s one of three runners for Chris Waller with Carzoff ($5.50) second-up after a first-up run at Doomben while Mornington ($8) is having is first start in Australia and seventh overall.
Impavido is the favourite for the race and he’s had early support while Social Element ($6.50) and Zamex ($10) are also solid in the market.
Slow Burn ($2.80) has won two from her five career starts with four of those starts being at Canterbury. The Les Bridge-trained mare is favourite for race 7, a BM82 over 1100m. In Time of War ($4.40) has won two from 11 but finished second at her nine other starts, most recently she beat home Slow Burn and finished 0.2L from the winner.
New Universe ($2.70) let the punters down last start when starting favourite and finishing third of nine beaten less than a length when first-up over 1200m, and he jumps to the 1400m in the final race of the day, a BM83 handicap. Crafty Cop ($5) has been scratched from race eight to run here and he gets the claim of apprentice Blaike McDougall to offset his top weight of 60kg.
Suggested Bet: Following the early money for Black on Gold (race 4, number 6). The small fields can sometimes be tricky affairs but he’s racing well and with the light weight and even luck, he should be hard to beat at the $2.20 mark.
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