Fri, Sep 8, 2:02pm by Staff Writer
Rosehill Gardens is the venue for Sydney on Saturday with the Group 2 Run to the Rose (1200m) headlining a competitive day of racing. The rail is in the true position and the track will be in the good range.
Menari ($2.50) has opened favourite for the Run to the Rose and he’s had good support early. He returned from a spell in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) with an impressive win over Siege of Quebec and Trekking. With that win, he jumped into outright favouritism for the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) and this Saturday he’ll jump from barrier 11 of 11.
Pariah ($3.50) also returned a winner – in the G3 San Domenico (1100m) – and was just as impressive although he was aided by a peach of a ride by Blake Shinn. He beat Chauffeur ($12) on that occasion who also caught the eye when flashing home in what was his first start under Team Hawkes.
The highly touted Kementari ($4.80) has been at the top of Golden Rose betting since they opened and he returns on Saturday for Godolphin. His last win (which was his second career start) was back in May although this is his first attempt at black type.
Siege of Quebec ($11) was second to Menari ($2.50) when meeting defeat for the first time and although he will be suited in jumping from 1100m last start to 1200m on Saturday, he’ll be suited again over the 1400m of the Golden Rose.
Shogun Son ($19) caused a boil over two starts back when defeating Addictive Nature – who has gone on to win since – and last start he was second at the Gold Coast in an 1100m 3YO handicap. Chris Waller saddles up Tangled ($101) who is first-up from a spell while Diamond Tathagata ($101) is second-up and as a two-year-old he did win a G2 Skyline (1200m) when second-up although that was on a heavy-8.
A field of 14 line up in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) with early support for Bonny O’Reilly ($3.60) projecting her to early favourite with Omei Sword ($4.80) drifting slightly to be on the second line. The 59.5kg was no issue for ‘Bonny’ last start when she won a BM95 over 1200m and that took her overall career record to eight wins from 12 starts, with a further two minor placings.
Omei Sword ($4.80) is second-up after a bleed, with her first run back being inconclusive when fifth of eight behind Deploy in the G3 Show County (1200m). She missed the start and made late ground but perhaps the race wasn’t run to suit – and Waller has sent her to the trials since that run.
Ghisoni ($8.50) is fresh for Godolphin and shares top weight with Omei Sword in what is her first run since the Brisbane carnival of 2016. Daysee Doom ($7) keeps improving with each prep and she is also first-up for trainer Ron Quinton while Denmagic ($9.50) is sure to be running home strongly but has been out of the winners circle since January 2016.
Perhaps the most anticipated runner of the day is another who resumes from a QLD campaign, with Egg Tart ($2.65) first-up since her G1 QLD Oaks (2200m) win. The now four-year-old mare is favourite for the G2 Theo Marks (1300m) and en route to an Epsom as she looks to make it seven straight wins.
Deploy ($4.20) has an impressive record of seven wins and six placings from 15 career starts while Euro Angel featured heavily in the stewards report last start when second to Sweet Redemption. The ever-consistent Dixie Blossoms ($6) is first-up while Cannyescent ($4.80) is up from Melbourne for Team Hayes/Dabernig and comes into this off three wins and a second from his past four runs – that second being by a nose to Hey Doc in the G3 Aurie’s Star (1200m) down the Flemington straight.
Suggested Bet: There are a few favourites early on the card that could get the day off to a winning start but going with a bit of value in Supreme Effort in race eight. There’s a host of chances in the race – led by the in-form Tango Rain – but Supreme Effort is honest and generally gives a good sight.
His drawn nicely in four, is helped by the 3kg claim and is two wins and two minors from five second-up starts. He’s worth an each-way ticket, with maybe more on the place. He’s at the juicy odds of $13.
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