Fri, Feb 2, 10:32am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) the feature event, plus it’s that time of year when the two-year-old’s start getting serious en-route to a potential Golden Slipper campaign. The rail is out three-metres and the track was a good-4 at acceptances although there is the odd sprinkle of rain leading into race day.
Global Glamour ($3) has opened favourite for the Expressway Stakes and she’s second-up after a somewhat disappointing sixth during the Magic Millions carnival when fresh. She’s none from three when second-up and only one from four at the distance but she’s won five from 14 in total with two of those victories at G1 level.
Addictive Nature ($3.40) is already a Group 3 winner and he’s having his fifth career start here. He’s had the two trials leading into this – and won both – and will jump from barrier two with Jason Collett to ride. He’s joined by stable mate Goodfella ($10) who’s had two minor placings behind Pierata at his last two runs.
Trapeze Artist ($4.40) bloused them in the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) and is one of four resuming in the race. Ace High ($20) put together three straight last campaign, with two of those at Group 1 level – the most recent over a Derby distance. Team Hawkes saddle up Showtime ($11) who was a G2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) winner during the spring and he also resumes here while Memes ($8) is building a good record with six wins and eight placings from 17 career starts, and she’s second-up after a win in the Summer Sprint (1000m) last start.
Disappointingly, a small field of five will line up in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) for the 2YO colts and geldings although it does see the return of one of the Golden Slipper favourites, Performer ($1.55). The Chris Waller-trained colt was a winner at his only start in the Listed Breeders’ Plate and with that, gives all his rivals three kilos in weight this weekend.
Dio D’oro ($9) – also an acceptor for Canterbury’s night meeting – was second to Estijaab at his only career start when beaten by 4L while stablemate Exceltic ($4.60) and Team Snowden’s Stratosphere ($6) make their race debut. Stratosphere has had the three career trials, one last spring and two this year. Catanzaro ($18) has had the two starts and finished midfield on both occasions, and he comes into this off a fifth to Performer in a recent trial.
A field of 13 juveniles have accepted in the fillies’ edition – the G3 Widden Stakes (1100m) – with five making their race debut. Secret Lady ($6) will carry top weight of 57.5 – three kilos above her rivals – and will also have to contend with barrier 12. Chris Waller saddles up the favourite Fiesta ($3.20) who has two placings from her only two starts including a debut third to Satin Slipper in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m).
Into the Abyss ($8) was a winner on debut and is one of only two to have won a race – the other being Secret Lady – and like Secret Lady she’s drawn wide (in barrier 13). Gun trainers of two-year-old’s Peter and Paul Snowden saddle up Misteed ($12) and Impetuoso ($10) while Waterhouse/Bott have Bold Arial ($6.50).
Suggested Bet: The Danny Williams pair of Acquittal and Kopi Luwak ran the quinella a fortnight ago and they look hard to beat again in this week’s edition of the Highway but leaning towards race favourite Kopi Luwak ($1.90, race five, number 12). A lightly raced five-year-old with only the three starts, he’s still learning what it’s all about but hoping he can turn the tables on his stable mate this time.
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