Fri, Sep 22, 12:24pm by Staff Writer
It’s Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday where the rail is out three-metres the entire circuit and as has been the normal for a while now, the track will be in the good range. Godolphin has won the past two runnings of the Golden Rose with Astern (2016) and Exospheric (2015), and James Cummings won it the year before that with Hallowed Crown but there will be no Cummings/Godolphin representative in this year’s edition.
A field of 14 will line up in the feature with Menari ($2) all the rage amongst punters. He shot to the top of early betting for the Golden Rose when taking out the Listed Rosebud (1100m) fresh and then enhanced his claims with an effortless win in the G2 Run to the Rose (1200m) after that. He’s one – of many – who has enjoyed the drier surfaces of the spring compared to the autumn and although he’s drawn barrier 11 he looks hard to beat. He’s joined by stable mate Trapeze Artist ($34) who’s a G3 Black Opal (1200m) winner, and drawn widest in 14.
Tom Berry makes a trip back to Sydney from his new base at Hong Kong and he will be aboard Gold Standard ($12) for Waterhouse/Bott. Still in his first campaign, he beat Addictive Nature on debut with a last start win over 1500m at Rosehill, ensuring he is one who will have no problem with the distance.
Team Snowden know how to peak a horse on ‘Grand Final day’ and Pariah ($6) could do just that in the Golden Rose. A G1 Blue Diamond (1200m) runner-up, he returned with a strong win in the G3 San Domenico (1100m) before finishing behind Menari last start. He beat Chauffeur ($21) on that occasion who should relish the 1400m but is only one win from eight career starts.
The Snowden’s also have Dracarys ($19) in the race – who beat Gold Standard last start and has had a trial since with Assimilate ($14) meeting defeat for the first time in his three race starts when beaten 0.1L in the G3 Ming Dynasty over this distance.
Merchant Navy ($8.50) brings a different form line into the mix plus he’s the only undefeated runner in the field. The Ciaron Maher-trained colt is second-up from a spell and beat Booker and Muraahib at his most recent run.
Only two fillies line up to tackle the boys, those being Formality ($19) for Hayes/Dabernig and Champagne Cuddles ($21) for Bjorn Baker. Formality is two from two this prep with both those wins being at Randwick over 1200m amongst fillies but she was third to Catchy and Pariah in the Blue Diamond. Champagne Cuddles hasn’t missed a place in her five career starts and although her two wins were at her previous prep, she’s not been far away this time in.
The Mission ($81) is a Group 1 Champagne (1600m) winner on a heavy-8 but was seventh of seven when resuming while stable mate Perast ($81) has the one win from his six career starts. Diamond Tathagata ($151) is one who is yet to recapture his 2YO form which was predominately on wet ground while Shogun Sun ($23) is down from Queensland and did win at Randwick – at big odds – earlier this campaign.
Suggested Bet: It’s hard to tip against Menari in the main race of the day but in the last race of the day, going with Zumbelina ($2.35) in race nine. She didn’t really fire a shot in the autumn which was put down to the heavy tracks but she returned from a spell on a dry track with a win over the in-form Tango Rain and Isorich – the latter who has won since. She’s been backed in early betting and in a race with limited chances looks hard to go against.
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