Thu, Jul 26, 9:52am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday for the final meeting of this racing season. Brenton Avdulla has claimed the jockey’s title while Chris Waller continues his reign as Sydney’s premier trainer, this year breaking his previous record of most metropolitan wins. This Saturday the rail will be in the true and the track in the good range.
The Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) is the feature race of the day with a field of 17 accepted to run. Invinzabeel ($5.50) is knocking on the door for a win after three good runs this preparation, all of which have been over the Rosehill 1400m. He was third when first-up and beaten by stable mate Sir Bacchus ($19) by 0.3L. Second-up he got within 0.2L of Flow ($8) while last start he ran on well to be beaten by 0.4L by the in-form Dreamforce. He’s one of four runners for Waller with Liapari ($15), Mister Sea Wolf ($14) and Sir Bacchus, his others. Liapari broke a long run of outs when coming from nowhere to beat Dreamforce and Flow in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) while the other two stable mates are becoming a touch frustrating for punters even though Sir Bacchus did win four starts back.
Flow is off a last start seventh of 12 – beaten 2.8L – but he’ll be suited back up to a more suitable trip and he’s drawn ideally in barrier 3.
Special Missile ($7) is racing consistently but just can’t seem to break through for a win. He’s been placed at four of his last five runs with five wins and eight minors from 19 career starts, his last win being back in August last year – ten starts ago.
Show A Star ($12) resumes from a spell and he’s never missed a place from five fresh attempts – although he’s yet to win. He’s had two trial leading into this – winning both – while Salsonic ($19) is also fresh and off two trials, her most recent when untested behind Show A Star.
Hiflyer ($9) attracted some betting support in his first run in Australia when fourth behind Dreamforce, beaten less than 2L and he should take benefit from that run.
Emperor’s Way ($21) and Gold Symphony ($26) finished eighth and thirteenth (of 13) in the Winter Stakes behind Dreamforce and Invinzabeel and both line up here. Emperor’s Way will improve second-up and he did put together five-straight last prep while Gold Symphony is finding it hard to win since taking out the Civic Stakes of 2017. Dark Eyes ($14) was good two starts back over the Randwick mile on a heavy-9 when second to Karavali and he’s since finished midfield in the Winter Stakes. Shiraz ($16) is another out of the Winter Stakes and he can put in a good run but maybe the softer tracks will be more to his liking.
Saturday is the last chance for this season’s juveniles to crack it for a win as a two-year-old although only two of the nine are still maidens – in race one over 1500m. Nobu ($5.50) is one of those maidens and one of two runners for Waller, Inherit ($11) the other.
Thinkin’ Big ($5.50) might enjoy the step up in distance to 1500m. Labernum ($3.10) has the one Wyong win from his first four career starts but he’s finished behind a couple of smart ones in Smart Melody and The Fire Trap at his past two runs. Aliferous ($8) won his maiden at Newcastle and a win here would top off a stellar season for trainer Kris Lees.
Single Story ($7) is one for one for Team Snowden and he’s joined by stable mate Neshmiya ($35) who was runner-up at Pakenham in what was his second career start. Skyray ($8.50) broke his maiden status last start – which was his eighth career start while Salsa Man ($13) is one from four.
Suggested Bet: In what’s a competitive day of racing at Rosehill going to go with Nicconita ($2.30, race 3, number 11) in the Highway to break a run of seconds and get back into the winner’s circle. She won her first two this prep before three consecutive seconds – all in Highway races – and she’s only missed the place once in her nine career starts. Drawn beautifully in three – and hopefully she can jump ok – in a race with quite a long tail, here’s hoping J-Mac can get her over the line.
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