Thu, Mar 15, 2:29pm by Staff Writer
Rosehill Gardens is the venue for Sydney racing on Saturday with the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) the feature of the day. The rail is in the true and the track was a soft-7 at acceptances although warm weather is forecast leading into race day so that should improve.
A field of 19 have accepted for the Coolmore – although Shumookh is an early scratching – with a handful lining up from last year’s edition including the winner, Heaven’s Above ($23). The six-year-old mare is second-up after finishing sixth of eight – beaten 1.9L – in the G2 Millie Fox (1300m) with her win last year coming also when second-up after finishing ninth of 12 – beaten 4.9L – in the Millie Fox of 2017.
Silent Sedition ($8) was beaten by a nose in last year’s Coolmore and she is third-up after a strong win at Caulfield in the G3 Mannerism (1400m) when friendless in betting leading into the race. She shares top weight with Dixie Blossoms ($6.50) who was a strong winner of the G2 Guy Walter (1400m) when fresh, with stable mate Daysee Doom ($11) also returning a winner, and she was fourth in this race last year when beaten just over a length.
Raiment ($7.50) was second to Dixie Blossoms at her last start and she is one of two runners for Godolphin, Alizee ($10) the other. Already a G1 victor, the three-year-old filly was a strong winner of the G2 Light Fingers (1200m) when resuming before finishing mid-field in the G1 Surround (1400m) as a solid favourite. She’s drawn barrier 15 for this with Raiment in barrier one.
Prompt Response ($16) got a well-deserved win in the G2 Breeders Classic (1200m) and she was a close fourth in the Millie Fox last start. Egg Tart ($7) showed a glimpse of her old form when fourth in the G3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) and she’s back to her own sex here.
Danish Twist ($51) – third in this race last year – is one of three runners for Kris Lees, Just Dreaming ($26) and Aide Memoire ($27) the others. Francaletta ($10) might be better for her first run in Australian when third to Dixie Blossoms and she’s drawn better here while Bring Me Roses ($16) has been placed at her two runs this campaign, most recently when third to Grunt in the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m). Mick Price always needs to be respected when he travels his horses to Sydney, with Oregon’s Day ($15) up for the Melbourne trainer.
Some Doncaster hopefuls go around in the G2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) as they look to emulate It’s Somewhat who won the Ajax last year (and the year prior) before going on to win the 2017 ‘Donnie’.
Comin’ Through ($4) is the favourite for the race and one of four runners for Chris Waller. Tom Melbourne ($4.80) makes his return to the races as does Life Less Ordinary ($12) while Cellarman ($9) looks to continue his good form – winning his past three, and four from his last five runs.
Top weight Prized Icon ($5) is racing well but finding it hard to crack it for a win although he’s only had the three runs for Kris Lees. Interlocuter ($8.50) put three straight together last prep and he’s second-up into Saturday while Arbeitsam ($7.50) should strip fitter for his last start and given a chance according to the markets in what is an open race.
The punters certainly don’t think the 2YO races are open affairs with Magic Millions winner and current Golden Slipper favourite Sunlight ($1.45) a short odds-on favourite for the G3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) while Blue Diamond winner Written By ($2) is even money in the G3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m).
Suggested Bet: Certainly no knock on the Blue Diamond winner Written By but going with Spin ($6, race 4, number 5) to sneak his way into the Golden Slipper next week if connections decide to go that way. He was unlucky in the G2 Skyline when beaten 0.2L and he was beaten the same distance at only his second career start. Team Snowden are gun trainers of juveniles and hoping they can get Spin over the line on Saturday.
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