Thu, Jul 12, 2:26pm by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday where the rail is out six-metres and the track set to be in the good range.
A full field of 13 plus four emergencies have accepted for the feature race of the day, the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m).
Dreamforce ($5.50) looked home last start in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) where he was run down in the final stride by a fast-finishing Liapari – at 50/1 no less. He’s drawn 17 of 17 here but he jumped from barrier 13 of 14 in the Civic and a repeat performance of his first two runs this time in would certainly see him in the finish on Saturday. Stable mate Special Missile ($5.50) is racing consistently with four placings from his six starts this campaign but he’s finding it hard to breakthrough and becoming a bit of a headache for punters.
Invinzabeel ($6.50) has finished third and second – and within 0.3L and 0.2L of the winner at his two runs this prep – and he’s third-up here. Blake Shinn takes the ride and he’ll jump from barrier 15. Sir Bacchus ($19) is the only other runner for Chris Waller, and he’s first emergency in the race. He was a winner three starts back – beating Invinzabeel – but that’s been his only win in sometime.
Emperor’s Way ($11) won five from seven last prep, including four straight and he resumes here for Team Snowden. He’s joined by stable mate Gold Symphony ($20) who’s last win was back in the Civic Stakes of last year, and he was eleventh of 13 in this race last year but only beaten 2L.
Patrick Payne has accepted for two runners although both might be in search of a wetter track. Chamois Road ($9.50) has won his last two – and admittedly on good tracks – with three wins on a slow track and another on a heavy. Similarly Widgee Turf ($7.50) is a last start winner with two from two on a slow and one for one on a heavy track.
Dark Eyes ($12) was brave when just nutted on the line by Karavali last start. He carried 59kg on that occasion – to Karavali’s 53kg – on a heavy-9 over the tough Randwick mile. Shiraz ($11) put in an eye-catcher first-up behind Jungle Edge with his most recent win being nearly a year ago while Hiflyer ($12) is over from NZ and will carry top weight of 59.5kg. The five-year-old gelding has won four of his last six and nine from 21 overall – with a further eight minors – and he’ll jump from barrier one with regular NZ jockey Johnathan Parkes to steer.
Godolphin have two interesting runners but they’re third and fourth emergencies. Flow ($9.50) is building a good record and he beat Invinzabeel first-up before finishing third to Liapari and Dreamforce last start while Old North ($13) has a bit of a cult following (for not necessarily the best reasons) but he was a G2 winner back in 2016, and he did win first-up last prep when Godolphin snuck him up to Doomben over 1350m.
Suggested Bet: Alassio ($3.30, race 4 number 6) has been scratched a couple of times in recent weeks but she looks set to take her place here and if she does, she looks hard to hold out. She’s undefeated from her three career starts and the Rosehill 1100m should suit. The Waterhouse/Bott team are having a good streak of late and may it continue here with Alassio.
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