Fri, Jul 28, 9:11am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) the feature event. The rail is in the true position and the track will be in the good range.
Saturday is also the last metro meeting of the racing year with Hugh Bowman all but securing the Sydney metropolitan jockey’s premiership on Wednesday with a winning treble and taking his lead over Brenton Avdulla to 2.5 wins. Bowman has a full book for Saturday, Avdulla has eight rides.
Top weight Gold Symphony – to be ridden by Bowman – opened at $4.80 for the Winter Challenge and was backed early into outright favouritism. The Snowden-trained gelding comes into this off a last-start eleventh of 13 in the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) – albeit beaten 2L – with a strong win in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) prior. He’ll be joined by stablemates Extensible ($11) and Snippets Land ($9.50)who also come out of the Winter Stakes finishing eighth and ninth respectively.
Liapari ($4.60) has been racing consistently of late with three wins and two placings from his last eight starts. He comes into this off a last-start win with Bowman riding on that occasion but dropping to the 53kg, he gets the services of Avdulla on Saturday who has ridden the gelding on five occasions for three wins.
Classic Uniform ($7) was backed as soon as markets opened and he’s firmed from $14 in $7 early. He’s third-up and comes out of the Winter Stakes where he split the Snowden trio finishing tenth. Slightly Sweet ($11) beat them all in the Winter Stakes and will line up here as well while Shiraz ($8) has been out of the winner’s circle for some time but was fourth (beaten 0.4L) by Slightly Sweet last start. Sultan of Swing ($8.50) – who has a solid record of five wins and three minors from 16 career starts – is having his fifth Australian start.
Race six is a BM85 over 2000m with a field of 15 accepting for the race although there have been three early scratchings. Chris Waller has six of the remaining 12 including favourite Zourkhan ($4) who is third-up after winning fresh and beaten a lip when second-up. Stablemates to the favourite, Encosta Line ($6) and Vaucluse Bay ($4) are the only last-start winners in the race while Magical Stance ($8) and Life O’Brien ($8) are racing well.
A field of ten opens the day in what will be the last time these youngsters compete as two-year-olds. Team Snowden have amassed 24 winners with the juveniles this racing year – including a G1 Sires win with Invader – and they line up with Almighty ($10), who has two provincial placings from both his career starts.
It might feel like Gai Waterhouse has had a quiet year with her two-year-olds but along with co-trainer Adrian Bott, the pair have had 18 2YO wins this year with Runaway ($10) and Regal Cannon ($17) lining up for the duo on Saturday. Chris Waller (11 2YO wins this year) has the favourite in last start winner D’Argento ($2.05) with Bowman to ride while Hostwin Meraki ($5) and Let’s Get Nauti Gal ($23) also come into Saturday off a win. Condor ($7) has been placed behind three smart types at his last three runs while the David Payne pair are not without chances. Colesburg ($20) will carry top weight and is second-up while All Too Soon ($9.50) was third to Hualalai on debut and beaten 0.4L into third at her most recent run.
Suggested Bet: Back Gold Symphony to win at $4.80
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