Fri, Dec 23, 11:21am by Staff Writer
Racing is back at Rosehill on Saturday. The rail is in the true position and at the time of acceptances the track was rated a soft-5 but with minimal rain forecast that should improve.
Race seven is an open handicap over 1400m with a field of nine to line up. Snoopy and Religify opened as equal favourites but early support for Snoopy has seen the Hawkes-trained gelding firm to outright favouritism. He’s got an overall record of six wins from 16 starts and is going for three-in-a-row after back-to-back wins over the 1400m – the first at Rosehill, the most recent at Flemington.
Religify is an early drifter but comes into Saturday off a last start win aided by a great ride by Kerrin McEvoy. He had three minor placings leading into that win and is a five-time winner at the track.
Ecuador is first-up after a successful late autumn prep which resulted in two Listed wins over 2000m & 2400m but his first-up records reads well with one win and four placings from six fresh starts. Snippets Land is second-up and comes into this off a last start second behind Lunar Rise and while that was his only placing from eight Rosehill starts, the stable thinks he’s going as well as ever.
Race one sees a dozen two-year-olds tackle the 1200m with five making their race debut. Coorg (Godolphin) is having his second career start after finishing runner-up to Chauffeur when an odds-on favourite. He’ll jump from barrier 11 and holds slight favouritism over Falconic who finished behind him (in third) last start but both have had early backing. Tarima is the most experienced in the field and having her fourth start for Team Hayes & Daberning but she’ll jump from the widest gate.
Race two is a BM68 over 1400m with Pipeline carrying top weight of 61kg. He was a winner over Bratislava last start who has since won at the mid-weeks. Achi Baba was second last start behind the in-form Zumbelina with a win prior to that while France (for the China Horse club) and Jaminzah (Waller) come off last start victories.
Race three is a BM85 over 1800m with Chris Waller making up five of the nine runners, Bjorn Baker with two. Vassal (Bowman and Waller) and Multifacets (Berry and Waller) are vying for favouritism while Montauk (Schofield and Waller), Reiby Red (Jason Coyle), More Than Fabulous (David Payne) and Herne’s Oak (Baker) sit on the next line.
More Than Fabulous was backed last start when second behind Moher and gets the advantage of the three-kilogram claim while Herne’s Oaks’ last win was in October of 2015 but gets the services of the in-form Brenton Avdulla who heads into Saturday off four wins at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Race six is a 1500m BM78 with Gold Ambition – who will sport the number one saddle cloth – being backed from $13 into $7.50 as soon as markets opened. He only has the one win from 15 starts but was third behind Le Romain and Press Statement in the G1 Randwick Guineas (1600m). He’s second-up after finishing second to Hogmanay last start who also lines up here.
Hogmanay has three wins from his 12 career starts but comes off back-to-back wins while Cabeza De Vaca has a three wins and six minors from ten career starts but heads into Saturday off a last start 4.3L win at Wyong (on a Wednesday). Heartlings and Kadinsky are also not without chances in an even race – which is very much the theme throughout the day.
Suggested Bet: Take Snoopy to win race seven ($2.60)
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