Fri, Mar 24, 9:41am by Staff Writer
Saturday is the third and final meeting for Rosehill’s contribution to the Sydney Autumn Carnival with the Group 1 BMW and Vinery the feature events. The rail is out 6m – a further three from last week – and at acceptances the track was a heavy-10. Major storms passed through Sydney on Tuesday and Wednesday but hopefully the track can improve although it will more than likely stay in the heavy range.
The Group 1 BMW (2400m) has attracted a small field of nine with last Saturday’s Ranvet winner, Our Ivanhowe ($3.80) the only one on the back-up – a one-time traditional BMW lead-up. He relished the heavy conditions in recording his second win – and second at G1 level – since arriving in Australia. The seven-year-old pulled up with some mild lameness from that run and while Team Freedman say he hasn’t missed any work, he will need to pass a vet inspection to run.
Humidor ($4.40) and Jameka ($3.90) ran first and second in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington a fortnight ago and both line up here. That was Humidor’s first win in Australia from five starts and fifth career win overall. Jameka is fourth-up and already a Caulfield Cup winner over the distance while Exospheric ($9) – a stablemate to Our Ivanhowe – ran third in the Australian Cup and is accepted to run.
Chris Waller won this race last year with Preferment and this year he’ll saddle up three runners. Libran ($31), Who Shot Thebarman ($18) and Grand Marshal ($81) all come out of the Group 3 Sky High (2000m) a fortnight ago on a soft-7, all finishing behind an impressive Tavago ($4.80) who is fighting for favouritism in the BMW market. Lasqueti Spirit ($17) was also in that race and will carry 52kg on Saturday. Brenton Avdulla is back aboard the filly – his first race ride on her since a now famous win in the G1 Oaks last year.
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Foxplay has opened the $3.40 favourite in the Group 1 Vinery (2000m) after an impressive win here on day one of the Rosehill carnival. She’ll be joined by stablemate Dawn Wall ($5) who is looking for four-in-a-row, her most recent win in the Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic at Kembla. La Bella Diosa ($5) was a strong winner first-up in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) over Omei Sword and Global Glamour but has since failed in the G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m). Montoya’s Secret ($13) has back-to-back wins on the board in lesser grade while Lubiton ($6.50) was a 0.4L second to Dawn Wall in the Keith Nolan.
Ron Quinton holds a strong hand in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) with Daysee Doom opening $4.80 favourite over stablemate Dixie Blossoms ($5). A winner of five from nine, Daysee Doom comes into Saturday off a last start third in the Coolmore while Dixie Blossoms finished back in the pack in that race but was a strong winner prior.
Happy Hannah ($12) is second-up and might need further while stablemate Extensible ($8) is also second-up and coming off a last start second to Spectroscope who runs earlier in the day. First Seal ($9) was a second-up winner in the G2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) last spring while Zanbagh ($8.50) won this race last year. Zenalicious ($8.50) looked all but the winner when second to Foxplay at her most recent run while Team Hawkes says to forgive Euro Angel ($15) her last start effort in the Coolmore.
Spectroscope ($3.60) is an interesting runner in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) and he’s second-up after an eye catching victory last start. Godolphin were on the record saying he would be in need of that run and he could make his way into the Group 1 Doncaster (1600m) with a win here.
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