Fri, Jul 14, 10:16am by Staff Writer
Sydney racing is out at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) the feature event. The rail is out 6.5m and the track was a good-4 at the time of acceptances. Sydney did cop some rain throughout the week but most of it was coastal, and with fine weather forecast leading into race day hopefully the track can stay in the good range.
Hugh Bowman took the lead in the Sydney jockey premiership on Wednesday after riding a double at Canterbury and he gets the chance to extend his lead on Saturday with Brenton Avdulla out suspended for one more meeting. In the feature, Bowman rides top weight Gold Symphony ($4.80) who comes into the Winter Stakes off a last-start win. He was heavily backed in early betting on that occasion and won by 0.5L over The Monstar and Slightly Sweet. The Monstar franked that form with a second to Calanda in Wednesday’s Listed Ramornie (1200m) with Slightly Sweet ($16) lining up here and drawing 13. Gold Symphony has barrier 12 while stablemates Extensible ($7) and Snippets Land ($16) have drawn two and 10 respectively.
Burning Passion ($4.40) is having his first race start for trainer Mark Newnham – after being transferred from the James Cummings yard – and he’s eyeing off three straight victories. His last two wins were during the Brisbane Carnival, the most recent in G3 company.
Kim Waugh’s Oxford Poet ($9) is second-up and was the subject of an early market move on Wednesday, with stablemate Shiraz ($9) also set to take part here. Chris Waller’s Marenestro ($23) has a liking for Rosehill with four wins and six minors from 18 starts but has been out of the winner’s circle for some time – his last win being in the Listed Winter Challenge of 2016 (1500m) – while Man of his Word ($13) has been racing consistently in Brisbane with two third placings and a fourth from his last three runs.
Race eight is a BM78 over 2000m with a capacity field of 14 runners and four emergencies accepting for the race. Collateral‘s ($4.40) winning streak came to an end when fourth last start, the Bjorn Baker-trained gelding winning his previous four before that. Zourkan ($4.40) was a winner first-up and beaten a nose second-up, both in Melbourne. Stablemate Obsidian ($26) was supported when fresh three starts back but is yet to fire this campaign although he generally gets better with racing while Life O’Brien ($8.50) is vying for three on the trot. King Viv ($20) has always been highly touted by the Waugh yard and has won two from three this prep, Signposted ($13) put together a string of four wins around this time last year while poor old Count of Limonade ($101) has barely beaten a runner home in the past couple of years except for a win in the Avoca Cup (1850m) two starts back when second-up from a spell – and he’s second-up on Saturday.
An interesting race opens the day with some promising two-year-olds doing battle over the 1400m. Calculated has opened the $2.60 favourite after an odds-on win last start with Siege of Quebec ($3) specked as soon as markets opened. He beat Intuition and Almighty ($21) at Newcastle with the latter also lining up here. Condor ($5.50) has finished in the placings behind two nice types (Gaulois and Hualalai) at his last two runs with Colesberg ($8) first-up from a break having already raced in Group 2 company twice in his three race starts. Tennessee Tango ($15) was fourth to Manicure two starts back and comes into Saturday off a victory while Stone ($11) and Winner’s Lane ($71) come out of the same midweek race at Warwick Farm finishing third and fifth respectively.
Suggested Bet: Back Gold Symphony to win
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