Thu, Nov 30, 12:23pm by Staff Writer
Feature racing returns to Rosehill Gardens in what is week five of six consecutive meetings here. The rail is out three-metres and whilst the track was soft at acceptances there is further rain forecast for Saturday.
The Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) is the main race of the day with the Waterhouse/Bott-trained Cabeza De Vaca ($2.70) going for six straight wins and three-in-a-row this preparation. The six-year-old has only had the 14 race starts with seven wins and six placings to his name. Apprentice Rachel King has been on board for his last two wins and the in-form jockey retains the ride in a non-claiming race.
Godolphin saddle up both Moher ($10) and Federal ($4.80) with Moher coming into this off a last start win which came after a twelfth of thirteen to Cabeza De Vaca when fresh while Federal has finished behind the favourite in both his runs this campaign being beaten over two lengths on both occasions.
Mister Sea Wold ($6) is an interesting runner making his Australian debut for Chris Waller down on 54.5kg and he’s had some early betting support. He’s joined by stable mates Japonisme ($14) and Good Project ($11) who both have been out of the winners’ circle for quite some time. Likewise, Mighty Lucky ($9) is consistent without winning, Red Excitement ($14) gave Winx a scare earlier this campaign but is finding it hard to win. Salsonic ($26) was a G2 QLD Guineas (1600m) winner last campaign and he’s third-up on Saturday while Testashadow ($19) is second-up and his last win was eight starts back.
A field of ten will line up in the Listed ATC Cup (2000m) with Waterhouse/Bott taking three into the race.
Savapinksi ($2.25) notched up a G2 win against the mares during the Flemington carnival and she’s building a good record with four wins from seven career starts. Fabrizio ($12) was a G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) winner in the autumn and he’s third-up on Saturday after finishing out of the placings at both his runs this time in while Broadside ($6.50) is resuming and he has won two from five when fresh.
Black on Gold ($4.40) has finished behind Interlocuter at two of his past three runs with a win wedged in between while Montauk ($18) has had a trial since finishing at the tail of the field in Doomben when first-up. Green Sweet ($8.50) has raced three times in Australia and 13 times overall with a Listed Albury Gold Cup (2000m) win to his name here and he’s first-up on Saturday with apprentice Andrew Adkins to ride.
The Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) sees a capacity field of 14 plus four emergencies with Highly Geared an early scratching giving Tactical Advantage ($6) a start. He’s third-up for new trainer Joe Pride with placings at both his starts, his most recent run when second to Glenall ($4.40) – beaten 0.2L – who is favourite in an open race.
Egyptian Symbol ($6) and top weight Dothraki ($8) are both first-up. The Monstar ($10) is racing well and would love any rain that is forecast. Palazzo Pubblico ($16) is second-up and caught the eye when fresh down the Flemington straight while Big Money ($16) is second-up and he was third to Samantha ($1) when first-up and they both line up here too. Tango Rain ($8) is third emergency and will be competitive if he gets in the field.
Suggested Bets: With rain forecast for Saturday, it might be a case of treading carefully and monitoring any rain and track conditions throughout the day. Cabeza De Vaca ($2.70) looks hard to beat (race 7, number 4) in the feature with the unknown of Mister Sea World ($6) possibly his biggest danger while Best Guess ($3.40, race 9, number 6) is racing well and should look the winner at some stage in a tricky affair to round out the day.
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