Fri, Nov 2, 10:45am by Staff Writer
After a few weeks break, racing returns to Rosehill Gardens on Saturday where the rail is in the true and with hot weather forecast, the track will be in the good range.
Race eight is a BM88 for the colts and geldings over 1200m with 11 runners set to run after the early scratching of After All That, and it sees the return of the promising Cradle Mountain ($2.40). The lightly raced five-year-old has raced seven times for four career wins and he’s first-up since pulling up lame at Scone during their standalone meeting back in May. He’s had the two trials leading into this and it will be great to see him back racing.
Maximus ($8) was good at his first two runs this prep, running second to Soothing – beaten 0.2L – before taking out a BM88 at Randwick when well supported in betting. He’s off a last start seventh of eight but will be better on the firmer surface.
Isaurian ($5.50) is third-up off a break, winning when fresh before narrowly going down at Moonee Valley when second-up. He’s drawn wide in barrier 11, with stable mate Piracy ($11) in barrier 7. Piracy was third to stable mate Coruscate – who’s won since – two starts back before beating Chapelco – who’s also won since – over a month ago, and he’s had a tick over trial in the meantime.
Drachenfels ($16) is an ex-Godolphin horse now in the hands of Bjorn Baker. Star of Monsoon ($6) is first-up and is a two-time winner when resuming while Royal Tudor ($19) and Passage of Time ($16) are capable but haven’t won in some time.
A field of nine will line up in race seven, another BM88 over 1200m but this time for the fillies and mares with the Kim Waugh-trained Newsfan ($2.80) opening a solid favourite. Similar to Cradle Mountain, she’s a lightly raced five-year-old with two wins and four seconds to her name but she’s resuming off the one official trial.
Dawn Dawn ($3.90) was an impressive winner over this track and distance two starts back, and she’s since ran well in G3 fillies and mares grade at Caulfield, finishing seventh of 16 but only beaten under 2L and she was supported at good odds late leading into that race.
Our Malambo ($10) was a surprise winner when having her first start in Australia and she backed it up two starts later when winning at Moonee Valley over 1200m.
Test the World ($5.50) carries top weight of 60.5kg and she’s second-up, where her form reads well with two wins and two seconds from four second-up attempts. Hussterical ($7) and Star Reflection ($15) are both first-up.
Small fields dominate the early part of the day and that is certainly the case in the opening event for two-year-olds with the Gary Portelli-trained Time to Reign ($1.45) an odds-on favourite. The half-brother to Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign was impressive on debut and he’s second-up here with debutant Jonah ($4.20) from the Team Snowden yard the only runner having their first start, and he’s had some support in early betting.
Race two is a small but interesting affair with the unbeaten duo of Brazilica ($2.80) for Chris Waller and Godolphin’s Roheryn ($3) fighting out favouritism while top weight Ronstar ($6) and The Tenor ($4.20) – who was a good third last start – also solid in the market.
Suggested Bet: Trainer Matt Smith obviously thinks highly enough of Fierce Impact ($4.60, race 9, number 8) to send him to a G1 Toorak (1600m) last start where he ran on well to finish midfield. He’s had three other starts in Australia for a win and two close minors, and back to BM grade here – provided backmarkers aren’t disadvantaged – he’s worth a play.
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