Sat, Jan 19, 8:58am by Kevin Pitstock
We preview Rosehill’s Inglis Classic race day, January 19
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R1: Australian Turf Handicap(1100m)
The opening race of the day is a very interesting one with six of the eight runners having finished in the top two at their last starts. Going with the breeding here and hoping that the Peter Snowden-trained Redoute’s Choice colt No 2. Chiaramonte is ready first-up. He does appear to be up in class slight, but should be running well. The last start Melbourne winner No 1. General Peekay is sure to run extremely well after his first-up win, while No 4. Centrepet from the Gerald Ryan stable looks an improving runner. The Gai Waterhouse stable saddle up No 6. Never Dwell off the back of a recent trial and should be in the money for a long way.
R2: Become A Sponsor at ATC Handicap(1500m)
Small field of only seven runners but still many chances. Putting the Grahame Begg-trained No 8. Fedde on top after a good last start win. No 1. Frozen Rope, a Gosford-based galloper is in great form, and although does carry 59kgs here, did win well first-up carrying 61kgs. No 4. Falklands is first-up here over the 1500m and goes in off the back of two barrier trial wins and can’t be discounted, especially with the 3kg apprentice claim. No 6. Kuhreihen is also in with some show second-up.
R3: Michael Hansell Signs Handicap(1300m)
A field cut down to seven due to the scratching’s and we lean towards the Chris Waller-trained No 1. She’s Clean. A beautifully-bred daughter of Redoute’s Choice, this mare was only clear very late in running last time out and rocketed home for fourth. With the small field and the weight advantage due to an apprentice claim, this mare should be hard to hold out late. No 2. Princess Layla a last start failure due to respiratory distress should be able to sit handy, if not lead, and will try and take the race from the front as the filed heads for home – she may prove hard to catch. Last start winner No 6. Project Compassion was a narrow winner, and does have some form around Frozen Rope in the second race. Snowden trained No 3. Sastruga, put three on end before a last start last, beaten three-and-a-half lengths by stable mate Babel – give another chance here.
R4: Inglis 3YO Bonus(1500m)
No. 13 Wine ‘N’ Dine, a last start winner over 1600m at Newcastle could get a very good run from the inside gate, with the only issue trying to get out when the time is needed. If he can, the Foreplay gelding has quite a good sprint on himself. No 1. Soapy Star travelled to Melbourne last start chasing Inglis Bonus money and came away with a narrow victory. With five wins and four places from 11 starts, this Dubawi filly is nothing but consistent, and with an apprentice claim here, should run extremely well again. No 7. Loch Leven from the Waller yard has had two starts for a very good debut win and a last start third. She is stepping up in trip again here, and if this suits (it should being out of a Zabeel mare), then she can run into the money. Rough chance goes to the Matthew Smith-trained No 9. G’Day Kitty, a winner two starts back over 1550m at Canterbury.
R5: Inglis Classic(1200m)
The main race of the day, the $250,000 Inglis Classic, open to graduates of the 2012 Inglis Classic yearling sale. A field of 14 two-year-olds with all having raced except two. Going wide here, literally, and putting in No 8. Meticulously from the Matthew Dale stable. Drawn the extreme outside gate, the Not A Single Doubt gelding showed very good speed on debut to lead the field and won as he liked. He may have to take a sit here, but looks a very good chance at the $26 Sportingebt were offering. No 4. Fuerza a debut second behind stable mate Twilight Royale gives the son of Snippetson a leading chance here. Melbourne visitor No 3. Direct Charge, a Group Three winner two starts back rates highly, as does No 2. Cannyzing, a visitor from the Gold Coast who broke his maiden seven days ago and jumps from the 1000 to the 1200m here. With Kathy O’Hara in the saddle, this Canny Lad gelding should be capable of a good effort at odds.
R6: Sharp Handicap(1100m)
Winning first-up in mid-December, former Darley galloper No 5. Whitlam defeated boom Darley galloper Sessions on that day, who has since come out and won convincingly. Putting the Kris Lees-trained runner on top here and should be the one to beat. No 8. Net Worth from the Darren Smith stable has two wins and a second from four first-up runs and has been readied for this with three barrier trail performances. No. 12 Masterstroke has been in good form of late, having not finished further back than fifth at his last five starts and is a good each way bet here, as is No 9. Time To Plunder from the Anthony Cummings stable who had some very good wins last campaign.
R7: Tab.com.au Handicap(2000m)
The Chris Waller-trained No 3. Secessio is the best bet of the day for mine. Having his third start in and now up to 2000m, the German-bred import should be cherry ripe for the run. The last start winner No 6. Kukri should not be able to get it as easy as he did last start where he lead and just raced away from them, but should also prove hard to beat. No 7. Panko is still trying to get out from his last start seventh and with his consistent form prior to that, is one to include. Throwing in as a rough chance No 10. Watertight, from the stable of Nowra-based Robert Price.
R8: Rosehill Gardens Handicap(1400m)
A field of 12 for the final race of the day and going with the last start Listed Takeover target Stakes winner No 3. Testarhythm, who is aiming for three on end. The Peter Snowden-trained No 7. Bello flew home late first up and with a win and second from three second-up runs, the Exceed And Excel mare is in with a great chance. No 2. Merlin Mustang proved too classy last time out over the 1400m at Warwick Farm and with a good record at the track should be in the money. No 1. Single is first-up from an injury-enforced nine month break. Is a highlighted talented gelding and if is right, can be in the money.
Best Bet: R7, No 3. Secessio
Best Roughie: R5, No 8. Meticulously
Best On Breeding: R1, No 2. Chiaramonte 2yo c. (Redoute’s Choice x Chiara, by Last Tycoon). He is a three-quarter brother to Group Two Winner Chinchilla Rose and Ferocity, as well as Group Three winner Leona Chiara who is the dam of Group One winner Star Witness.
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