Fri, Sep 7, 9:05am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, highlighted by four Group 2 races. The rail is in the true position and the track was a soft-5 at acceptances with the odd shower forecast leading into race day.
The G2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) is one of the features of the day and it sees the return of current favourite for The Everest, Trapeze Artist ($2.90). Carrying top-weight of 61kg, the four-year-old went for a spell off the back of two G1 wins, with two trials leading into this.
Home of the Brave ($5.50) was second in his Australian debut when runner-up to Voodoo Lad down the Flemington straight and he’s had a 1050m trial since.
Siege of Quebec ($5.50) was second to Le Romain when resuming and he stuck on well after being caught three-wide during the run. Last prep he was second to Kementari when second-up and down on 53kg and up to 1300m, he’s sure to give a good account of himself.
D’Argento ($3.10) is a G1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) winner and he was a good third when resuming behind Winx. He’s one of three for Waller with Shillelagh ($20) and Foxplay ($16) both resuming while Grande Rosso ($23) and Kingsguard ($71) are also first-up from a break.
A field of 13 will line up in the G2 Run to the Rose (1200m), one of the key lead ups to the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) in a fortnight
Graff ($2.70) was ultra-impressive when taking out the G3 San Domenico (1100m) and with that, he kept his unbeaten record intact. He drew barrier one on that occasion but has come up with the widest gate here.
Chris Waller has three runners including Zousain ($4.20) who has been well supported in early all-in markets during the week. A winner of two from six, he finished his winter campaign when second to The Autumn Sun in the G1 JJ Atkins (1600m). Lean Mean Machine ($15) finished well back in the JJ Atkins but he did beat Zousain in the G2 Sires Produce (1350m) before that while Performer ($7.50) was third to Graff when first-up, and last campaign when second-up he threw the rider in the G2 Todman (1200m).
Sandbar ($10) is a somewhat underrated colt but he did win the Listed Rosebud (1100m) when resuming. Long Leaf ($11) was good when second to Tony Nicconi down at Caulfield when resuming and he’s joined by stable mate Smart Elissim ($13).
Legend of Condor ($31) finished eighth of nine in the Rosebud but he was only beaten 2.4L. He’s had a good trial behind Champagne Cuddles since and he gets the services of ex-Hong Kong jockey Brett Prebble who resumes his riding career in Australia as of Saturday.
Jonker ($16) should strip fitter for his first run after a lengthy break while Tchaikovsky ($21) should also be suited up in distance.
Paquirri ($81) only has the one win and that was in G3 grade when beating Legend of Condor and Lean Mean Machine over 1100m while Nuclear Blitz ($61) also has the one win – a Pakenham maiden on the synthetic, but she was a 1.4L fourth to Sweet Rockette and Multaja last start at Moonee Valley.
Suggested Bet: Trainer Danny Williams has some good chances on Saturday and hopefully he can get off to a good start with Highway Sixtysix ($3.10, race 2, number 7). She blundered the start at her last run but finished strongly to be beaten 0.3L in third. The ear muffs were apparently the reason she missed the start so they come off at the barriers and hopefully she can jump well and be very hard to beat.
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