Thu, Mar 9, 4:47pm by Staff Writer
Saturday’s Coolmore Classic Day is the beginning of the six-week Autumn Carnival in Sydney and the first of three straight meetings at Rosehill. The rail is in the true position and at the time of acceptances the track was a heavy-9. The odd light shower is forecast until race day and with strong winds also present, it’s hard to imagine conditions as bleak as the past couple of weeks.
The Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) has attracted a strong field of 19 with Chris Waller’s Omei Sword ($3.60) opening the favourite. The three-year-old filly is having her seventh career start having only missed a place once – and she’s second-up after an eye-catching second when fresh. That was on a heavy track at Randwick a fortnight ago so only time will tell if that took any toll on her. She’s been given no favours with the barriers – drawing 19, with Brenton Avdulla to ride at 52.5kg.
Global Glamour ($8.50) finished alongside Omei Sword when third last start and will carry 55kg being a dual Group 1 winner. Drawn in 16, this is her fifth run this prep and she gets the services on Kerrin McEvoy who piloted her to victory in the Thousand Guineas of the spring. La Bella Diosa ($9.50) beat Omei Sword and Global Glamour last start, and she is second-up and looking for five straight wins.
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Ron Quinton won this race last year with Peeping and this year is represented by Dixie Blossoms ($6.50) who comes off an effortless last start 6.5L win in the Group 2 Guy Walter (1400m) on the same day as La Bella Diosa’s Surround Stakes victory. Zanbagh ($41) was runner-up to Dixie Blossoms and has been supported at long odds when markets opened while Euro Angel ($20), Denmagic ($17) and Shillelagh ($34) have also been backed early.
Silent Sedition ($13) is five wins and eight placings from 14 career starts and brings her good record to Sydney for the first time. In Her Time ($15) is as tough as they get but seemingly underrated even though she is going for five straight wins herself while First Seal ($23) is first-up and will jump from barrier 17 after two trials leading into this.
The Group 3 Pago Pago (1200m) and Magic Night Stakes (1200m) are the final chance for the two-year-olds to make next week’s Golden Slipper but history suggests the winners will find it too hard to back up and win the major.
Condor Heroes ($3.50) has been supported early in Saturday’s Pago Pago for the boys and is now near favourite for the race – and around the $51 next week. Ducimus ($3.50) is two from two and just holds favouritism for the Saturday while All Too Huiying ($26) is a son of All Too Hard (who won this race in 2012) and returns from a short spell after two nice runs in the summer.
John Thompson saddles up three in the Pago Pago and an amazing five fillies in the Magic Night with Sweet Deal ($5) the only one given a chance according to the market. Impressive debut winner Limbo Soul ($3.40) is the favourite with Tulip ($5.50) up from a Blue Diamond in Melbourne where she finished fourth. Exceeds ($16) is having her fifth career start with a win over Eden Roc and a second to Veranillo before a seventh of 11 last start in the heavy.
Antonio Giuseppe has some big wraps on him and is the $1.95 favourite in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m). He impressed first-up with a win over 1500m and heads a four-prong attack for Chris Waller in the race. Hartnell won this race two years ago for Godolphin and they’ll saddle up Magic Hurricane ($10) and Allergic ($13) while VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit ($8.50) is third-up after a second to Winx in the Chipping Norton last start.
Suggested Bet: Back In Her Time each way in the Coolmore Classic at $15
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