Fri, Sep 21, 9:07am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with the rail out three metres and the track likely to be in the good range.
The Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) is the feature race of the day with 11 accepted to run.
Graff ($3.50) is the race favourite and he comes into this off a last start second in the G2 Run to the Rose (1200m). That was the first time he’d met defeat in his four starts to date but his run was full of merit after being caught wide throughout.
Lean Mean Machine ($6) was an impressive winner of the Run to the Rose and he’s one of three runners for Chris Waller – The Autumn Sun ($4.60) and Zousain ($8) his other two. There was some late money at odds for Lean Mean Machine in that race and he exploded once he got clear running. Zousain was near favourite but was a somewhat disappointing fourth, beaten 3.3L. He was a G2 winner in the QLD winter with two close seconds at G1 level after that and he can certainly improve here. The Autumn Sun is a G1 JJ Atkins (1600m) winner and he comes into this off a luckless third in the G2 Stan Fox (1500m) when held up in the straight and with even luck, he probably would have won.
Jonker ($13) – third, Sandbar ($17) – fifth and Long Leaf ($23) – eighth all come out of the Run to the Rose while Danawi ($46) was a sixth of nine in the Stan Fox.
Santos ($16) is on the quick back-up after a bit of an unlucky run in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) last week when bottled up in the straight. He had the two trials before that and was backed leading into the Heritage. Tchaikovsky ($34) only has a Gosford maiden win next to his name but the stable has always regarded him highly while Seabrook ($9.50) is the lone filly in the race and a G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) winner of the autumn. She’s second-up here and the only other time she’s been second-up, she took out the G2 Sweet Embrace (1200m) beating Fiesta.
The G2 Golden Pendant (1400m) is a set weights plus penalties for the fillies and mares with 11 accepted to run.
Prompt Response ($5) carries equal top weight and she resumes from a winter campaign which ended with a well-deserved G1 victory in the Tatt’s Tiara (1350m). She’s won the two trials leading into this and in the autumn when fresh she raced away with a G2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Warwick Farm.
Daysee Doom ($7.50) shares top weight and she’s one of two runners for Ron Quinton, Dixie Blossoms ($5.50) the other – and both are second-up into their prep. ‘Daysee’ has three wins when second-up and has five wins at the track while ‘Dixie’ has two wins and a second when second-up but is yet to crack it for a win at Rosehill.
Invincibella ($6) went neck and neck with Noire in the G2 Sheraco (1200m) a fortnight ago with Champagne Cuddles ($4.60) 2.4L behind in third. Princess Posh ($11) is a last start G2 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) winner. Eckstein ($19) hasn’t won since May of 2017 but she has been competitive in the top grade while Shumookh ($8.50) is a stable mate to Prompt Response and is off a half-length second in the Listed Mona Lisa (1350m) at Wyong.
Suggested Bet: The Golden Pendant is a competitive race – as you’d expect – but happy to stick with Prompt Response ($5, race 6, number 1). She’s an ultra-consistent mare who always races well and she finally got that G1 win on her resume last start in Brisbane. She can stalk her stable mate and Daysee Doom, and if she can do what she did last campaign when fresh that should be good enough here.
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