Fri, Jan 27, 9:40am by Staff Writer
It seems like Sydney punters have had an abundance of meetings to keep them occupied since the Christmas and New Year period, and after the Australia Day meeting at Randwick on Thursday we head to Rosehill on Saturday with the Expressway, Canonbury and Widden Stakes highlighting the day.
Much of Sydney copped some rain on Tuesday evening but with minimal falling since, the track should improve from its ‘soft’ rating at the time of acceptances.
A small field of six will line up in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) with Bjorn Baker’s Music Magnate opening as the $1.90 favourite with William Hill. A winner of six from 13 in total and over $825,000 in prize money, he won the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in the autumn when first-up before winning the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) third-up. He failed when in the market for the G1 Stradbroke (1400m) but comes into this off two trial wins.
Joe Pride has two in the race with Kuro ($4.80) returning to form this preparation. He started this campaign with back-to-back seconds before winning two of his last three – both of those wins being at Listed level. Stablemate Ball of Muscle ($6) finished third to Kuro last start after finishing sixth of 15 when first-up. His last win was back in May of 2015 but he has been placed at Group level a few times since.
Attention ($11) is a three-year-old for Team Snowden having his eighth career start. He’s won twice and been placed a further two times and he was backed at odds when markets opened. Handfast ($7) is first-up for Godolphin while Big Money ($16) is third-up and having his 30th race start – and second at Rosehill.
The juveniles start getting serious with the autumn riches just around the corner but a small field of six open the day in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) for two-year-old colts and geldings. Menari ($2.05) (Gerald Ryan) is unbeaten in one race start and two trials, and has opened favourite for the race. Hualalai ($9.50) (Waterhouse/Bott) was fifth on debut when a $1.30 favourite but he’s had some early support firming from $13 into $9.50. (Those who like to use history as a guide will note Waterhouse won this race with Vancouver in 2014 and Fighting Sun the year prior). Malahat ($7)(Godolphin) & Thy Kingdom Come ($23) (John Thompson) are both fresh after debuting last year while Pariah ($4.60) (Snowden) makes his race debut after two trials, the most recent a win.
A field of 13 two-year-old fillies have accepted for the Group 3 Widden Stakes over 1100m. Teaspoon ($6), One More Honey ($10) and Aunt Liberty ($31) are all one from one while Sebring Express ($7) is the only other runner to have won a race. Milanese Girl ($7) was second (beaten 0.3L) to Teaspoon when favourite on debut while Meliboea ($19) was third to One More Honey on her debut – when $51 – beaten 0.4L. Divine Messenger ($5) is unbeaten in her two trials and one of five first starters.
Suggested Bet: Back Music Magnate ($1.90) to win the Expressway
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