Sat, Apr 6, 11:44am by Kevin Pitstock
We take a look through the nine race program at Rosehill Gardens for Australia’s richest race day, the Group One Golden Slipper at Rosehill on April 6
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Race 1: Group Three Celebrations Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m)
The opening race on a great day of racing and we see a staying contest over 2000m with No 7 Hoylonny going on top after three good runs this time in. Winning fourth up last campaign, the Lonhro four-year-old has three wins and a second over five starts at the distance. No 1 Lights Of Heaven is a five-year-old Zabeel mare who produced a very good effort last time out and up to her right trip here should run very well. No 2 Said Com is an interesting runner who has always had a boom on him but he needs to lift here at his fourth run this time in, and is capable to do so. No 9 Hula Lua was scratched in Melbourne today which would suggest she has a very good chance here, especially with two wins at the trip from two starts.
Race 2: Group Three The Schweppervescence (1400m)
The 1400m race for the three-year-olds with a very large field of contenders. No 12 Aspen from the Peter Snowden stable is a very well-bred Exceed And Excel filly and should appreciate the trip after being too strong last time out over 1300m. No 1 Fuerza has finished in the top four at each of his four starts to date and a last start third behind Sidestep, a leading contender in the Group One Golden Slipper today looks a good improver up to the 1400m. No 8 Champollion a stable mate of Aspen is another who will relish the trip and if he has taken no harm from his last out failure in Melbourne where not all went right, he is a great chance. Putting in No 4 Hydro from the Waterhouse stable who won well last start, and fingers crossed by his name – he will handle the wet!
Race 3: Group Two Emirates Park Tulloch Stakes (2000m)
A lead up to next weekend’s Group One Australian Derby for the three-year-olds with No 2 Proverb from the Snowden yard looking a leading chance. A winner over 1900m last campaign in (the furthest he has contested), the Commands gelding should also handle the wet track. No 15 High Shot is screaming for the 2000m and this High Chaparral colt could be a surprise packet now that he is at the trip. No 3 Philippi is trying to get his Derby campaign back on track after a “failed” sale attempt and a last start second in the Group Two Alister Clark over 2040m should see him right in this. Putting in No 9 Twisted Emotions who will be a rough chance, but the son of Danewin could surprise at odds.
Race 4: Group One Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m)
The first of five consecutive Group One races at Rosehill and this is for the three-year-old fillies as a lead-up to the Group Australian Oaks in a few weeks’ time. Putting the Peter Snowden-trained No 8 Cameo on top here after an impressive win last time out in the Group Three Keith Nolan Classic and while she is taking on some top class fillies, she should be cherry ripe for this assignment. No 3 Norzita a Group One winner of the Flight Stakes last campaign and a very good third against the older mares last time out in the Group One Coolmore Classic, the Bart Cummings-trained filly has the class edge and should run very well, while last start Group One New Zealand Derby winner No 4 Habibi, a winner of six of her seven starts should be very hard to beat. Putting in the rough chance No 13 Gondokoro for the top four as the full sister to Group One winner Zabeelionaire should relish the trip and be one that runs the trip right out.
Race 5: Group One The BMW (2400m)
A Group One slog-fest over the 2400m with a class field of stayers with many chances in the race. Going with No 12 Fiveandahalfstar, the three-year-old who was the winner of the Group One Victorian Derby and has finished second at each start this time in including a narrow second last time out in the Group One Ranvet Stakes. No 5 Maluckyday has raced back into form with his last start third in the Group One Ranvet Stakes and does appreciate a wet track. No 1 Forteller won the Group One MRanvet Stakes last time out due to a great ride from Jim Cassidy and if he can repeat he should be there abouts again, only query is the 2400m. No 9 Le Roi was a very good third last time out, which was first up at 1900m when third, is a rough chance but could be one at odds.
Race 6: Group One Inglis Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m)
The Group One over 1500m for the fillies and mares with many of the field backing up from the Group One Coolmore Classic two weeks back – well except No 1 More Joyous who looks the likely winner here. Finished second first up to stable mate Pierro, the mare is the winner of 11 from 15 at the track and is three for three at the track/distance. Last start Group One Coolmore Classic winner No 3 Appearance has found form and should be able to maintain it after a great win last time out. Having only been fourth up once before, she was a winner of the Group Three Keith Nolan Classic at that run. Putting in No 4 Red Tracer for third here after finishing second last time out to Appearance as well as the fact she loves a wet track, which she will get here – this mare really deserves a Group One on her resume. No 10 Shannara is a rough chance and does get to the 1500m second up but has no luck when resuming and the sister to Lonhro would love to add a Group One win to her record.
Race 7: Group One Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m)
The main race of the day, the $3.5 million Group One Golden Slipper for the two-year-olds. While not having the ideal preparation leading into this after throwing the jockey two starts back, the Peter Snowden-trained No 4 Sidestep came out last time and was a dominant winner in the Group Two Pago Pago Stakes – we have to go back to 2005 when Stratum won the Pago Pago Stakes and then went on to Slipper victory – this colt can do it and he is also won of the best bred runners of the day. The hardest to beat is the paternal half-relation No 11 Overreach from the Waterhouse stable. Set to start a short price favourite from the inside gate, the concern is will the inside of the track be slightly off by the seventh race? This filly could come out and win with ease after her performances to date, but will have to wait and see. No 12 Ruud Awakening is the only Group One winner in the field and with five wins from six starts, this Bernardini filly has the form, but does have to jump from the outside gate. No 16 Romantic Moon has come along quietly and this is one of the best rough chances of the day.
Race 8: Group One The Daily Telegraph George Ryder Stakes (1500m)
The final of the Group One races on the day and we see No 11 Pierro set to claim his fifth Group One victory. Last start he claimed his fourth when defeating stable mate More Joyous and while he will really be tested here against this opposition, he is a class three-year-old and should win. The hardest to beat could come from fellow three-year-old No 12 Rebel Dane who finished second to Pierro two starts back before not appearing to run out the 1600m in the Group One Randwick Guineas. No 1 Shoot Out a last start winner of the Group One Chipping Norton Stakes is a marvel and could blow them all away here, but I feel a place is his best option. No 9 Solzehenitsyn was an awesome run last time out when third behind Pierro after being wide throughout and looks a very good chance.
Race 9: Group Three Sebring HKJC Stakes (1200m)
The final of the day is an interesting race as the current favourite, while easing is No 15 Aeronautical who has no wet form, but looks to be a very good chance and goes on top for trainer Lionel Cohen. No 4 Skytrain a last start winner at Group Three lvel lines up here and while he will jump from a wide gate he has a solid record at the track and trip – only being out of the places once from seven starts. No 8 Second Effort travels up from Melbourne for trainer Clinton McDonald and with a record of eight wins from nine starts on slow or heavy tracks he needs to be included at a big price. No 20 Hidden Warrior scrapes into the field after some scratching’s and first up here should run a good race if he can handle the track which is an unknown.
Best On Breeding: Race 2, No 12 Aspen 2yo f. (Exceed And Excel x Portillo, by Red Ransom), trained by Peter Snowden. The mare of this filly finished third on this day in the Group One Golden Slipper and was also a winner over 1400m. Portillo is a half-sister to Group One winner Snowland and Snippetson as well as a three-quarter sister to Snow Alert and comes from the family of Group One winner Myboycharlie.
Next Best On Breeding: Race 7, No 4 Sidestep 2yo c. (Exceed And Excel x Dextrous, by Quest For Fame), trainer Peter Snowden. This colt was a last start Group Two winner in the Pago Pago Stakes as is a three-quarter-brother to the Group One-winning juvenile Skilled (Commands) and the Group Two winner Ambidexter (Commands).
Best Bet Of The Day: Race 3, No 2 Proverb, 3yo g. (Commands x More Hate, by Brief Truce), trainer Peter Snowden. A winner at his only start at 1900m or above and third in should be ready to win.
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