9-race card here at Rosehill this Saturday and again we’re met with wet with a heavy track.
QUADDIES (Races: 6-7-8-9)
SKINNY PLAY: 4,9 / 1,3,4 / 3,6 / 2,9
WIDE PLAY: 2,4,6,8,9 / 1,3,4,9 / 1,3,5,6,7,8 / 2,3,5,9,11
R1 12.10pm #THERACES HANDICAP 2000m
FIREBIRD FLYER has been in terrific form of late and was just nosed out over this trip against the boys at her only run since she was left in Birds Of Tokyo's wake. Has won on the heavy before and the weight turnaround and longer distance can see her bridge the gap.
NORTHERN JOURNEY romped home on a good surface over 2400m in Melbourne last time but her other five career wins were all on rain affected surfaces.
MY GIULIANO has been racing at the midweeks but doing a good job, missing by a nose last time. Hasn't fired on the heavy but Bowman goes back aboard.
SELECTIONS: No3 BIRDS OF TOKYO, No2 Firebird Flyer, No1 Northern Journey, No5 My Giuliano
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Mandalong Kiss
R2 12.45pm STRASSMEIR HANDICAP 1500m
TOWER OF SONG disappointed as favourite last time but he did have to work hard to find the lead and may have found it tough going up 200m at his second run from a break. Should be improved third-up and drawn to get a better run early.
ANTONIO GIUSEPPE is lightly raced but impressed with a hard finishing win at the midweeks and should be hitting his peak third-up.
SHARDS hasn't produced his best for some time and didn't do a lot first-up but if he can find something like his old form would give this a real shake.
PIRATE BEN did plenty of work in the run when out of the placings at this track and distance last start. Previous form good enough for this and gets significant weight relief.
SELECTIONS: No3 EXTENSIBLE, No4 Tower Of Song, No8 Antonio Giuseppe, No1 Shards
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Pirate Ben
R3 1.20pm ST MARY’S RSL HANDICAP 1400m
SWEAR created a good impression on debut when running on hard to win a rich race at Hawkesbury at his only run. That was over 1300m so expect he will want this trip and more and he has had one trial to prepare for his return.
COCOEXCEL handled the heavy well when leading throughout to win her maiden on debut. Needs to take another step up today but has won a trial since that run.
PIPELINE overcame a wide run in transit to win at Wyong on debut before placing at Canterbury. Still scope for improvement and at least a place hope again.
SELECTIONS: No4 EVACUATION, No2 Swear, No8 Cocoexcel, No6 Pipeline
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Pipeline
R4 1.55pm TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP 1100m
LEAMI ASTRAY is lightly raced but shows good promise winning her first two runs then placing at both outings last campaign. Has little wet track form but expect she will be ready to go first-up.
SNIPPET OF HOPE has been consistent of late and all those runs have been on heavy or slow tracks so expect she can run well again in this.
FARAH doesn't win a lot but his lone career win came third up so he looks ready to peak.
ATLANTIC SENTINEL relished the blinkers going on to win a benchmark 54 comfortably at Canberra last start. 7kg weight drop after the claim brings him right in play.
SELECTIONS: No12 BESIDE YOU, No6 Leami Astray, No7 Snippet Of Hope, No10 Farah
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Beside You
R5 2.30pm ON POINT LOCATING HANDICAP 1100m
ALUCINARI raced just once last campaign but it resulted in a strong win in Listed race at Scone. The wet track is a concern but all three career wins have come at this distance and she should be ready to go fresh after a recent trial.
SHAHRAZAD wasn't too far away from Rose of Man last time and had won on the heavy track when resuming.
ALLEZ CHIVAL has placed at her last three in town, all on heavy tracks, and the inside gates suit her style of racing.
HIGHLY GEARED was just a run short finishing on the placegetters’ heels in a strong country race last start. All the better for the outing and worth including in the wider exotics from a good gate.
SELECTIONS: No9 ROSE OF MAN, No2 Alucinari, No7 Shahrazad, No4 Allez Chival
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Our Harmony
R6 3.10pm RACING MATES HANDICAP 1200m
SIR BACCHUS is a promising galloper who looked good last campaign winning his first two in similar grade to this. Untried on the heavy and unsure how wound up he will be off a single trial but is unbeaten at both the course and the distance.
HIS MAJESTY charged home to win well when resuming and his second-up form is also strong. Down in benchmark and although untried on heavy he races well on the soft.
HANDFAST showed talent winning a Listed race in the autumn but may be a fitness query first-up on a testing track.
ENCOSTANATI has hit his peak with his last two runs. Took an exceptional performance by the winner to run him down last start. In well at the weights after the claim and the 1200m suits. Definite winning chance again.
SELECTIONS: No9 SNOOPY, No4 Sir Bacchus, No2 His Majesty, No6 Handfast
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Wild ‘n’ Famous
R7 3.50pm MTA RUN TO THE ROSE 1200m
EL DIVINO shaped as a potential topliner at his first campaign winning both runs including a dead heat win alongside race rival Astern. Those wins were on heavy and soft tracks and Hugh Bowman rides him for the first time in a race after he was aboard in two recent barrier trials.
ASTERN was a talented two-year old who has won both previous first-up runs and his only try on a wet track.
MEDITERRANEAN and IMPENDING both face a class test today but each has shown promise.
SELECTIONS: No4 STAR TURN, No3 El Divino, No1 Astern, No9 Mediterranean
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Astern
R8 4.30pm PREMIER’S CUP 1900m
ALLERGIC is somewhat underrated, mixing it in stakes company last campaign and scoring a strong win second up over 1800m at this course. Likes this course and should be nearing peak fitness third-up.
LOOPHOLE hasn't won for a while but his recent form is consistent and he can handle rain-affected tracks.
MAGIC HURRICANE is a class stayer who will be improved by a solid return to the races.
RULING DYNASTY put in a top run when resuming two runs back. The step up to 1900m is ideal and now looks ready to win.
SACRED MASTER has had no luck in his two Australian starts. Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed before crossing the Tasman and ready to do something at third run back from a break.
SELECTIONS: No6 SINGING, No3 Allergic, No7 Loophole, No1 Magic Hurricane
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Sacred Master
R9 5.10pm TAB REWARDS HANDICAP 1350m
CHETWOOD isn't as well suited at the weights but he is a talent and did a good job in winning first-up. Gate one suits his style of racing and looks capable of taking another step forward.
WE'RE SURE charged home to win in the final stages at this course and distance last time. Will be giving them a start but won his only try on heavy going.
LABDIEN is another with good wet track form and has a touch of class so should be ready to peak third-up.
COOLCRAFT just a run short at Rosehill when resuming, before hitting the line strongly to win at Canterbury last start. Still scope for improvement at third run back from a 553-day break between races and a winning chance again.
SELECTIONS: No9 CANNYESCENT, No2 Chetwood, No3 We’re Sure, No11 Labdien
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Labdien