Fri, Nov 24, 8:32am by Staff Writer
Racing is back at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday where the rail will be in the true and the track in the good range.
The two-year-olds open the day with a set weights and penalties over 1100m. A field of eight line up with only the two fillies to have raced before. Godolphin’s Plague Stone ($1.85) is the short-price favourite for the race and he’s been backed early to be odds-on. He’s had the one official trial which he won by over 5L.
Team Snowden saddle up two in the race with Blake Shinn aboard Cosimo ($5.50) who makes his race debut while Winona Costin rides Californiasurprise ($14) who won her debut at Muswellbrook over 900m. Gary Portelli’s Secret Lady ($4) ran second on her debut to Dynamited a fortnight ago and she gets the 3kg claim of Lee Magorrian.
Race three is a BM87 over 1800m with Chris Waller accepting with four of the ten runners. Dagny ($4.60) and Mornington ($4.60) share favouritism while Hogmanay ($6.50) and Mortar Platoon ($8) are both solid in the market.
Dagny is yet to register a win from her five starts this campaign but she has been placed three times. Last start she was second to Just Dreaming with Brenton Avdulla to take the ride on Saturday.
Mornington is having his second start in Australia and he was friendless in betting when running third behind stable mate Carzoff three weeks ago. Hogmanay is racing consistently but yet to crack it for a win this prep – and will carry top weight of 58.5kg – while Mortar Platoon won two starts back on a soft-7.
Intueri ($5.50) has won two from his past three, his most recent here at Rosehill a fortnight ago over this distance while Gambler’s Blues ($7.50) has only won three times from 30 career starts but he has been placed a further 13 times and he did resume with a second placing, beaten a nose.
Race four – a 1200m BM82 – is an interesting affair with Zonk ($2.90) the solid favourite in the race. She won her first start this campaign before running second at her next two when beaten a nose in both. Blowing Kisses ($7.50) is third-up and has run second at her two runs this time in, Anatola ($5) is second-up and was runner-up when fresh while Conchita ($9) heads up from a Melbourne campaign where she ran fourth and sixth in black type company, her most recent run beaten just over a length. Vigilance ($1) will carry top weight and is third-up. She won her first four starts but has been out of the placings at both her runs this campaign.
Race eight is a BM80 over 1100m with Danuki and Blowing Kisses early scratchings, leaving a field of 11. The unbeaten Bon Amis ($2.60) is the favourite for the race as she looks to make it three straight this campaign and five from five in total. Test the World ($6) has won five from eight with four straight wins and second from her five runs last preparation and she resumes on Saturday for Bjorn Baker, as does The Pharaoh ($11) for Gerald Ryan after a short let up. In Times of War ($4.40) finds it hard to win but with two wins and 10 placings from 13 starts is racing well and due a change of luck.
Suggested Bet: Matt Dunn holds a strong hand in race 7 with four runners but hoping Miss Dubois ($3.40) can get the job done. She’s drawn widest in a big field so it will need some Kerrin McEvoy magic but with a bit of luck she will be in it for a long way. Her stable mate Zamex ($4.80) has been supported in early markets but hasn’t fared much better with the barriers drawing 19 of 22 before scratchings.
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