There is a quality card at Rosehill this Saturday and quality weather is also expected!
The weather is fine in Sydney, so we’ll be racing on a good 3. The rail is out six metres around the entire circuit.
QUADDIES (Races: 6-7-8-9)
SKINNY PLAY: 4,5,9 / 10 / 10,11 / 1,4,11
WIDE PLAY: 1,2,4,5,9 / 3,5,8,9,10,12 / 10,11 / 1,3,4,5,9,11,12
R1 11.25am LES CARLYON AC PLATE 1200m
REDOUBLE is a very talented type for Team Hawkes who debuted with a strong and gritty win at Canterbury, when aided by a lovely steer from inform rider Christian Reith. Looks to have good upside and should take some beating again.
LEGERITY is the second runner in the race for team Hawkes. He ran over 1100m here a fortnight back and sat on speed most of the way for a narrow win. Draws to lead here and the extra 100m will be no issue, so he has to rate as a serious winning chance.
SELECTIONS: No8 CHIPANDA, No2 Redouble, No1 Legerity
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Murrmaid
R2 12.00pm LEILANI AND LUSKIN STAR HANDICAP 2000m
SECATEUR is improving with each run this campaign. His effort in the Wagga Gold Cup last start was fair. He should be peaking fourth up, is drawn well and comes in well at the weights after Winona Costin's 1.5kg claim.
DANCE OF HEROES was getting to the line well when fifth in the Wagga Gold Cup. He will strip fitter again third up and can take another step in the right direction here.
SELECTIONS: No6 HIPPARCHUS, No7 Secateur, No4 Dance Of Heros
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Secateur
R3 12.35pm MERMAN AND SYDESTON HANDICAP 1100m
PIONEERING resumed well at this course and distance behind the talent filly Daysee Doom. The daughter of Sebring will strip fitter second up and must be a chance of going one better in this from barrier seven.
BITBURG ran some good races through his last preparation. With an unbeaten record first up, keep him in mind, especially if money comes for him.
KING'S TROOP is a Group placed colt. The son of Redoute's Choice had been struggling for form through the autumn, however, back to this level, he must be a chance of regaining some confidence.
WIDE ACCLAIM resumes for Gary Portelli despite no trials leading in, which is very rare for the stable. His form from last prep reads very well and only needs luck from the gate to be a contender. He’s a market watch as well.
SELECTIONS: No4 SPIETH, No3 Pioneering, No5 Bitburg, No1 King’s Troop
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Wide Acclaim
R4 1.10pm TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP 1500m
ERIKA is looking to commence her latest campaign with three straight wins after taking out the Queen Of The South during the Wagga Cup Carnival 15 days ago. This shapes as a nice progression for the Blackfriars mare who could take some holding out.
LE CAVALIER is a consistent type who also comes out of the Wagga Carnival. He finished second last start and from barrier two with Mathew Cahill on board, he should get every opportunity to win.
MARVEL ran midweek last Wednesday on a heavy 10 and finished off well to run into fourth position. That was over the mile, so he is ready for a hard 1500m in town, and is only carrying 52kg after the claim for Taylor Marshall.
SELECTIONS: No3 ZIGANUI, No1 Erika, No5 Le Cavalier, No13 Marvel
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Le Cavalier
R5 1.45pm PAT HYLAND HANDICAP 1400m
DREAMFORCE hit the ground running this campaign, making all for a 1.8 length success over 1400m at Kembla Grange. The well-bred colt looks to have come back a more mature, complete racehorse this preparation.
ROYAL TUDOR returned to the winner's circle when a slender victor at Warwick Farm 17 days ago. The gelding is building an impressive record and his lone prior visit to this course returned a brave success over 1500m.
SEEKING ASYLUM produced a solid on pace second over 1200m at Randwick 26 days ago. The filly will strip fitter for that outing and should appreciate a distance rise considering her best results last preparation.
METALLIC CROWN resumes for Chris Waller after a couple of ordinary runs in the early part of the Autumn. He has trialled twice leading into this prep and has shown some better signs. Waller does have a habit of tipping horses out after poor runs and then improving them dramatically. Keep an eye on any market movement. SELECTIONS: No5 Tsaritsa, No8 Dreamforce, No3 Royal Tudor, No4 Seeking Asylum VALUE RUNNER: No1 Metallic Crown
R6 2.25pm NOEL MCGROWDIE HANDICAP 1100m
SKIP COURSE ran out of his skin when a close fourth in the Hawkesbury Gold Rush. He will be fitter again, he’s won third up previously and is drawn to receive all of the favours in transit from barrier three.
AWASITA is a handy mare that resumes for Kris Lees. She is a bit of a bridesmaid, but she always runs well and a recent trial behind Star Shaft was encouraging, and that horse ran a beauty at Scone last Saturday to frank the form.
PALAZZO PUBBLICO returned in strong order when saluting at this course and distance off a freshen up. The 3kg claim brings her in nicely at the weights.
SELECTIONS: No9 I Can Rock, No5 Skip Course, No4 Awasita, No1 Palazzo Pubblico
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Skip Course
R7 3.05pm NEVILLE BEGG HANDICAP 1400m
SPY DECODER drops slightly in trip after placing over 1500m here 28 days ago. The gelding was dropping noticeably in grade on that occasion. This is slightly tougher but the son of Testa Rossa enjoys good weight relief.
GAMBLESTOWN went around last start could be rewarded. The son of Darci Brahma was caught back and wide throughout and entitled to struggle.
RYKER has been fair in two runs this campaign. He is something of a non winner but is worth keeping safe on latest form.
BERRY DELICIOUS looks a great each-way bet here at a price. This mare, like most here, comes through the Godolphin Crown (1300m) at Hawkesbury and she was the real eye catcher from the back in a race dominated by those near the speed. Genuine tempo will suit her perfectly and, third up, she should be ready to fire.
SELECTIONS: No10 ROCKOLICIOUS, No9 Spy Decoder, No8 Gamblestown, No12 Ryker
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Berry Delicious
R8 3.45pm CECIL GODBY HANDICAP 1400m
TROIS CHOIX was a last start winner over 1200m at Randwick. The mare has since been kept ticking over with a Warwick Farm barrier trial and now finds a race which doesn't appear a great deal tougher. MUY BIEN drops back in grade after being ambitiously placed at Group 2 level a fortnight ago. She will find this more to her liking and led throughout for a strong win at this course and distance two starts ago.
DISTRAUGHT ran in a handy benchmark race at Beaumont-Newcastle where she sat on speed and toughed it out strongly to win narrowly but impressively. Draws wide, but if she can overcome that, she is a leading contender.
AUCKLAND BEAUTY was a heavily backed runner when resuming for the new stable during the Wagga Carnival and she wasn’t far away when a close up fifth to Greipel. Harder here, but her form when trained by Peter Moody was very good.
SELECTIONS: No11 HARLEM LADY, No10 Trois Choix, No6 Muy Bien, No5 Distraught
VALUE RUNNER: No14 Auckland Beauty
R9 4.25pm JOE BROWN MBE HANDICAP 1200m
GRUNDERZEIT resumed well with a placing over 1100m at this course before enduring a tough run a fortnight later over this course, class and distance. Caught three wide with no cover for the trip, his efforts to finish a 2.5 length fourth were commendable. The son of Street Cry has drawn to receive all of the favours here from barrier four. Those willing to overlook his luckless last start outing could well be rewarded.
CAPED CRUSADER meets Grunderzeit 0.5kg worse off in the weights from last start. The son of O'Reilly produced a strong on pace effort first up. He will strip fitter for the outing and is unbeaten from two prior second up outings. However, seeing him stick to 1200m is something of a surprise when considering his pedigree and the fact he has won over distances between 1400m and 1800m.
BETTER NOT BLUE has performed well in each of his three runs this campaign. The Churchill Downs gelding will receive no favours from the awkward draw here but still watch for him late.
SELECTIONS: No4 SHE’S MISS DEVINE, No11 Grunderzeit, No1 Caped Crusader, No 5 Better Not Blue
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Better Not Blue