Fri, Nov 10, 3:38pm by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is back at Rosehill on Saturday for the second consecutive week. The rail will be out three-metres and the track was a soft-5 at the time of acceptances but may improve with only light showers forecast. It’s a day of small field sizes with only the Highway race and the last, getting ten runners or more.
The two-year-olds open the day with seven of the eight making their race debut. Team Snowden’s Sangita ($2.70) is the only runner to have already raced before and that was on a heavy-8 when third of nine at the Canterbury midweeks. An ex-foreman to Gai Waterhouse, Ed O’Rourke debuts with two runners, Godolphin saddle up two while Chris Waller and Kathy O’Hara team up again after a successful weekend at Rosehill last week.
Race three is a BM85 over 2400m with Karavali ($2.60) looking to make it back-to-back wins after an impressive win last start at Randwick over 2000m. He’s joined by stable mate Olympic Academy ($5) who broke a run of outs two starts back while Chris Waller saddles up top weight Vassal ($5.50) and Great Glen ($15). Lycurgus ($3.50) is an interesting runner from the Danny O’Brien stable who’s had some luck in the past when bringing stayers up from Victoria.
Race five is a BM83 over 1800m with Stonebrook scratched from this race leaving I am Serious ($2.20) as a solid favourite. I Am Serious has won five from her seven career starts and is looking to make it three straight. Stable mate to I Am Serious, Mortar Platoon ($7) has top weight, Intueri ($5.50) has a win and a second from his last two starts while Miss Dubois ($7.50) is a consistent mare with four wins and seven placings from her 16 career starts, and now in the hands of Matt Dunn.
Race seven is a BM83 over 1500m with Zenalicious ($10) allotted top weight of 61kg but she does get a 3kg claim. She has raced in the top grade for many of her starts and she does race well at Rosehill although her last win was over a year ago – at this track. Stonebrook ($2) will line up here and he met defeat for the first time when second to Passage of Time at his last start. Chris Waller has admitted to being slightly disappointed by Dagny ($5.50) this prep but she hasn’t been too far from the winners at her four runs this time in. Cordero ($8.50) is second-up and one from one when second-up while Just Dreaming ($4.40) split I Am Serious and Dagny last start and she’s two from three at the track.
Race eight is a BM86 over 1200m with nine to line up. Les Bridge has the top weight in race seven but this race he’s got Zonk ($2.20) in on the limit plus she gets the 2kg claim as well. She’s two wins and three minors from her six starts. Vigilance ($9) won her first four races and was a remarkable drifter in the markets when fresh. She finished fifth of nine but made good ground late. In Times of War ($5) missed the placings for the first time in her 11 career starts when fourth to Slow Burn last start and she’s joined by stable mate Overstep ($15) who’s up from Chris Waller’s Melbourne yard. She was eighth of ten, beaten by Cool Passion and Pedrena last start who franked that form on Cup day at Flemington.
Suggested Bet: Chris Waller is taking his time with I Am Serious ($2.20, race 5, number 4), slowly working her through the grades and picking up races along the way. Waller has a good opinion of this mare and it’s not a strong race so hopefully she can make it three-in-a-row on Saturday.
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