Thu, Feb 22, 12:49pm by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Rosehill on Saturday where the rail will be out six metres and the track in the good range.
The Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) is one of the features for the day and a key lead-up to the G1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in a few weeks’ time.
Kementari ($2.35) returned from a spell with an impressive win in the G3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) and with that jumped to pre-post favouritism for races like the Randwick Guineas and even the G1 Doncaster (1600m).
Trapeze Artist ($3.90) is also second-up and he was equally impressive when taking out the G2 Expressway (1200m) first-up. The last time he was at 1400m he ran away with the G1 Golden Rose – which was also run at this track.
Pierata ($7) resumes from a short let-up after a successful summer campaign which culminated in an emphatic 3YO Magic Millions (1400m) victory. He won three of four during the summer – all run in QLD – and arguably should have won all four.
Siege of Quebec ($10) should enjoy the step up to 1400m, likewise with Ace High ($23) who will be looking for further en-route to a Derby.
D’Argento ($6.50) has won all three of his career starts and is a last start winner over Shumookh – who went down in a photo to Alizee last week – while Team Snowden saddle up Assimilate ($26) and Brave Song ($23) who finished third and fourth behind Kementari and Siege of Quebec in the Eskimo Prince.
A field of seven will line up in the G2 Silver Slipper (1200m), the race in which last year’s Golden Slipper winner – She Will Reign – was successful. Six of the seven runners have already won a race in their short career – in fact only Sunlight ($2.80) has met defeat – with Knievel ($51) making his race debut.
Sunlight has won three of her four starts and she comes into this off a big 2YO Magic Millions (1200m) win which saw her then jump to the top of Golden Slipper markets.
Estijaab ($2.60) is near the top of betting for the Golden Slipper after her debut 4L win while the big stables of Snowden, Waller and Godolphin line up with Neutrality ($6), Zousain ($18) and Gongs ($4.80) respectively.
The Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) is the other feature of the day with last start winner Prompt Response ($3.50) opening as favourite. A consistent mare, she broke through for a well-deserved win – her fourth in her career with a further nine placings from her 21 starts. Egyptian Symbol ($6.50) was second on that occasion and she lines up here while Insensata ($13) is the only other runner already into her prep.
Chris Waller saddles up Egg Tart ($7) and Foxplay ($5) who are both coming off winless campaigns during the spring. There were high hopes for Egg Tart last campaign after an undefeated autumn/winter campaign before that while Foxplay got within a nose of Winx last time when first-up.
Heaven’s Above ($14) was also winless last campaign and although she is zero from five when fresh, she did win a G1 Coolmore (1500m) last year while Daysee Doom ($6.50) has won seven from 17 in total and one from four when first-up.
SUGGESTED BET: Race 8 is a tricky affair but going to give New Universe ($8.50, number 8) one more chance. He’s probably wearing thin on many punters but interestingly he’s back to 1100m here for the first time in a long time and Waller’s secured Hugh Bowman to ride. He’s opened at double figure odds with some agencies and while there are plenty of chances in an open race, if he gets a bit of luck and the track is fair to backmarkers, he’s worth at least an each-way bet.
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