What a day of racing lies ahead of us at Rosehill Gardens with five Group One races including the $3.5 million Golden Slipper. The card is full of tremendous battles and quality runners who are all aiming for success. The rail is out 2m and, with a few showers expected, we should be running on a soft track.
SKINNY PLAY: 1,14/ 1,2 / 2,13,14 / 4,8,10
WIDE PLAY: 1,14,3,2/ 1,2,5,7,13 / 2,10,12,13,14 / 1,4,5,8,10,13
R1: NATHAN’S FAMOUS EPONA STAKES - 1900m
All Cerise was brilliant at last start and was only caught late by Heavens Above. She meets Heavens Above again 2kg better which should be enough to see her turn the tables. It’s her first time above 1600m but from what we’ve seen this campaign that shouldn’t be an issue.
Sweet Fire was blocked for a run last start, but still performed well behind Heavens Above and is drawn nicely. She’s also found early support.
Heavens Above was brilliant last start at Randwick. She was given a beautiful ride from Christian Reith and was able to run down All Cerise. Although meeting her again when worse in weight, the extra distance looks suitable.
Blendwell has been racing with no luck. She made up late ground last start and if there is any rain it will suit her. She is the value bet in this race and possibly the best bet of the day.
SELECTIONS: No5 ALL CERISE, No6 Sweet Fire, No2 Heavens Above, No7 Alegria
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Blendwell
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R2: IRRESISTIBLE POOLS & SPAS N E MANION CUP - 2400m
Dee I Cee has plenty of upside here. He is third up now and showed at last start that the 2400m is no issue. He struggled with the fast tempo but demonstrated tremendous fight to keep running on. This race should be run slower which should suit him.
Auvray put in an eye-catching performance at her last start behind Libran in her Australian debut. She doesn’t appear to have a strong turn of foot but she can stay all day.
SELECTIONS: No4 LIBRAN, No9 Dee I Cee, No7 Maurus, No2 Auvray
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Auvray
R3: THE SEBRING - 1200m
Egyptian Symbol made up good ground last start in the Fireball over 1100m. From barrier one, jockey Brenton Avdulla should be able to ride her positively and she’ll just need some luck at the top of the straight.
Speak Fondly has the best form lines in the race as she drops to a much easier grade. She was a touch disappointing last start but at her best she could take care of this field.
Flippant comes into this race after being freshened up and trialling well. She raced well in the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast but dropping back to 1200m will suit her.
SELECTIONS: No2 COUNTERATTACK, No14 Egyptian Symbol, No5 Speak Fondly, No8 Flippant
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Flippant
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R4: RANVET STAKES - 2000m
Dibayani showed good improvement on his first up outing when prominent throughout the Chipping Norton Stakes. He appears to be heading in the right direction and this race ticks a lot of boxes.
Mongolian Khan returned last start in the Chipping Norton after a serious bout of colic. The performance was plain but he should take a lot of benefit from it. He trialled last Thursday and worked to the line strongly.
Criterion should be hard to beat if at his best. He used the Canterbury Stakes as a nice warm up event and we should see the A grade performance here.
SELECTIONS: No4 HAURAKI, No3 Dibayani, No2 Mongolian Khan, No1 Criterion
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Mongolian Khan
R5: CHINA HORSE CLUB GEORGE RYDER STAKES - 1500m
Press Statement was unlucky at his last start in the Guineas at Randwick. Although not having it all go his own way and being held up, it still appeared as though he had enough time to chase down the eventual winner. The key for jockey James McDonald is to get away from the rail and give him time to wind up.
Happy Clapper ran fourth in the Canterbury Stakes and would’ve taken plenty of positives from that performance. The pace in this race should suit him more as he builds to bigger things this campaign.
SELECTIONS: No5 WINX, No8 Press Statement, No6 First Seal, No2 Kermadec
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Happy Clapper
R6: SKY RACING ROSEHILL GUINEAS - 2000m
Le Romain prevailed last start when beating the odds-on favourite in the Randwick Guineas. Although the 2000m is a query, he’s going from strength to strength and has raised the bar when required this campaign.
River Wild performed well in the Australian Guineas after being held up as he loomed at the top of the straight. He comes back to Sydney, which is ideal for him, and Brenton Avdulla takes the ride. He can be the blow out chance in the race.
SELECTIONS: No1 TARZINO, No14 Jameka, No3 Vanbrugh, No2 Le Romain
VALUE RUNNER: No7 River Wild
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R7: LONGINES GOLDEN SLIPPER - 1200m
Extreme Choice is unbeaten from his three runs and showed his class with a dominant victory in the Blue Diamond. He was caught wide early on and had a tough run but he was a mile too good for this field. He is drawn well and a similar performance to that which we saw on his last start will mean that he will be undefeated after four starts.
Flying Artie finally draws a gate. Last start, from barrier 15, he was forced to go back but from barrier five Damien Oliver can elect to be more aggressive through the early stages. If he attacks the line as he did in the Blue Diamond from that more prominent position, he can turn the tables on his stable mate.
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Yankee Rose is the value runner. After her two victories last campaign, David Vandyke said that she’d be tipped out and set to run first up in the Slipper. The day has come and first up over 1200m means she looms as a potential winner at odds.
Kiss And Make Up bolted into contention after his tremendous victory over Capitalist last start. He had a few favours that day, such as leading with no pressure, but he’s still the best chance for Gai Waterhouse to claim her seventh Golden Slipper victory.
SELECTIONS: No1 EXTREME CHOICE, No2 Flying Artie, No13 Yankee Rose, No4 Kiss And Make Up
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Yankee Rose
R8: BANJO GALAXY - 1100m
Terravista looked the winner in the Lightning before being grabbed on the post by Chautauqua. This race looks ideal for him and he looks to be well weighted for his second up assignment.
Fell Swoop just missed first up in the Oakleigh Plate. It was an eye-catching run when considering he was held up but then still had the audacity to go again and only lose by a nose. He’s undefeated at Rosehill and should find a nice spot from barrier eight.
Boss Lane might look over the odds in some people’s opinion and could represent a good value runner. His run in the Challenge Stakes from the rear of the field was very good and he drops 6kg from that performance.
SELECTIONS: No14 ENGLISH, No2 Terravista, No13 Fell Swoop, No10 Bounding
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Boss Lane
R9: TAB BIRTHDAY CARD STAKES - 1200m
Perignon got out to nice odds in the Light Fingers Stakes and proved too strong with a nice finish. She takes on the older mares here but, with her still being fresh, it looks a winnable option.
Bring Me The Maid races so well when she is fresh and she also loves racing in Sydney. That means she should not be ignored in this contest. She’s drawn perfectly in barrier four and should get the run of the race.
Brook Road was good first up in easier company. Her racing style should suit at this track and distance. She can also get back and run on strongly and the soft ground won’t bother her. Write her off at your peril.
SELECTIONS: No8 SULTRY FEELING, No4 Bring Me The Maid, No10 Perignon, No5 Brook Road
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Bring Me The Maid
R10: NEWCASTLE NEWMARKET HANDICAP - 1350m
Bull Point may have returned to being the horse we thought he was. He achieved a tremendous victory on his last start over a mile at Randwick and he likes the sting out of the ground. If he shows that same fight again, he’ll be hard to beat.
Sadler's Lake resumes for the Chris Waller stable. He was a winner when first up in the previous campaign and continued to race well. He should get the run of the race from barrier one and we know that Waller will have him ready to win when first up again.
Ecuador didn’t disappoint in the Canterbury Stakes, although he was outclassed. If he is left alone out in front then he may be hard to get past.
SELECTIONS: No10 ARTISTRY, No6 Bull Point, No5 Sadler’s Lake, No3 Ecuador
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Religify