By Brad Gray
Race 1 – 11.55AM TAB HIGHWAY HCP (1500m)
14. Lumber Dream beat Zounique at Wagga the last time. In his one trial ahead of his return he matched motors with Another One and Participator. The lightly raced five-year-old has been his own worst enemy in the past, being slow into stride and finding trouble. Despite that, the son of Snitzel out of gun mare Lights Of Heaven, has built a handy little record. 2. Antonio Giovanni beat 19. Syrian Star at Dubbo two starts ago before running on behind Democracy Manifest in midweek metro company at Warwick Farm. Jumps from 1200m to 1500m but fourth up now that shouldn’t be an excuse. Syrian Star won at her subsequent start and gets a 2kg swing. 6. Still In Fashion has her first start for Mitch Beer but she too is already proven in this company.
How to play it: Lumber Dream each way.
Race 2 – 12.30PM MIDWAY HCP (1300m)
13. Verbek savaged the line first up behind Kipsbay in Midway company with the barrier proving costly. He simply got too far back. That won’t be the excuses second up for the Robert and Luke Price-trained galloper from a perfect gate with Blake Shinn steering. Awet track won’t bother him either and his second up record reads 3:1-2-0. Want to trust that Midway reference as Kipsbay clocked fast time overall for that grade. 15. Kote made a mess of his rivals last start at Canterbury. Granted, it was a midweek maiden but three of his four starts as a two-year-old were in group races. He’s well found but entitled to be. Inclined to stick with him through the grades. 1. Cruel Summer resumed as a gelding last preparation and it certainly did the trick!
How to play it: Verbek each way.
Race 3 – 1.05PM CLEANAWAY HCP (1900m)
It’s all started to click for lightly raced import 12. Quality Time in his second Australian preparation. Formerly trained in Germany, the five-year-old was heavily backed at Canterbury last start and after going straight to the front, never gave his backers a moment of doubt. Having won out to 2200m overseas, he should be even better suited out to 1900m and fourth up the timing is right to try him in better company. Tommy Berry jumps on now and he draws perfectly to jump on the back of the speed. Could 11. Hameron be a wet-tracker? He was expected to win last start but couldn’t quicken when presented in the straight. He did put a gap on Cognac first up on a heavy track. Drops in weight going up in grade.
How to play it: Quality Time to win.
Race 4 – 1.40PM FURPHY COLIN STEPHEN QUALITY (2400m)
1. Cadre Du Noir can further stamp his Metrop claims with another win here. The seven-year-old with just 15 starts produced a career best at Randwick over 2400m last start putting 5.5lengths on his rivals. It turned into a true staying test in the straight and he ran away to score emphatically. He tackles G3 company now but it’s no harder than last start to be fair and his record over 2400m is impeccable (5:3-1-0). 5. Herman Hesse doesn’t have the upside of Cadre Du Noir and it’s hard to see him starting at the pointy end of a Metrop market but he carries 4kg less than his stablemate and also presents off a dominant last start victory. He lumped 61kg there too.
How to play it: Cadre Du Noir to win.
Race 5 – 2.15PM CITY TATTERSALLS GROUP HCP (1400m)
We saw glimpses of what 1. Diamil is capable of in his first Australian preparation but it’s easy to conclude that we’ve only scraped the surface as to what potential lies ahead for the talented import. He resumes a gelding this preparation. He ended last campaign with a listed win at Eagle Farm and the way he put away Main Stage and 14. Ita in his second run for John O’Shea was in the manner of a galloper that’s too good for benchmark company. What more does Ita have to do to warrant some respect from the market? She won at Randwick over the 1400m seven days ago beating two handy gallopers in War Eternal and Arnold. It’s rare that she runs poorly, handles all tracks and her record over this trip reads 4:3-1-0.
How to play it: Diamil to win.
Race 6 – 2.50PM PETALUMA HERITAGE STAKES (1100m)
1. Best Of Bordeaux had excuses first up in the San Domenico Stakes before proving no match for In Secret in the Run To The Rose, which sees her a firm favourite for the Golden Rose. That was more like the Best Of Bordeaux we saw as a two-year-old. His biggest asset is his natural speed. Watching the replay of the Run To The Rose several times, it’s noticeable that Best Of Bordeaux surges again through the line. Now that James McDonald has had two rides on him, don’t be surprised to see him really crank up the pressure in the middle stages. The wet track holds no fears and his record at Rosehill reads 5:2-2-0. 9. Opal Ridge has enjoyed a brilliant campaign. Maps to jump onto the back of Best Of Bordeaux and if he falters, she’s there.
How to play it: Best Of Bordeaux to win.
Race 7 – 3.25PM RACING & SPORTS GOLDEN PENDANT (1400m)
2. Startantes lacks early speed but if she can hold any kind of position from the middle draw, she is going to be extremely hard to hold out second up out to 1400m. Only In Secret and Clemenceau clocked a faster last 200m split than her at Rosehill last start. That was in the Sheraco Stakes where she found herself out the back before peeling widest and running on late. It was a much better run than the finishing position suggests. Prior to that effort she ran down Snapdancer in the G1 Tatt’s Tiara. 10. My Whisper could the knockout also coming through the Sheraco. She went to make her run between Startantes and b but it closed and she was inconvenienced just as she was building momentum. Out to 1400m suits now given she won out to 1800m as a three-year-old.
How to play it: Startantes to win.
Race 8 – 4.05PM CHANDON GOLDEN ROSE STAKES (1400m)
15. She’s Extreme resumed on a deteriorating track at Randwick first up where it was a huge advantage to be fence in run. Madame Pommery finished four lengths behind her and subsequently turned her form around to scare the life out of Zougotcha in the Tea Rose Stakes last Saturday. Zougotcha of course beat 16. In Secret prior to that which ties the fillies form in. The fillies dominated the colts as two-year-olds and all indications are that it’s set to continue at three. The two other things in favour of She’s Extreme, and they’re significant, is the tactical versatility to take up a forward spot and the ability to get through all conditions. The cherry on top is the price. In Secret was brilliant when winning the Run To The Rose, running right through the line. She boasts a sprinters pedigree and is untried beyond 1200m but her late strength in all three of her career wins suggests that she’ll get 1400m no problem.
How to play it: She’s Extreme each way.
Race 9 – 4.45PM NED WHISKY SHANNON STAKES (1500m)
7. Rustic Steel resumed in the Theo Marks Stakes a fortnight ago and ran a luckless eighth. It was a blanket finish at the end but he went to the line full of running but with nowhere to go. It’s a very different scenario second up out to 1500m from a better draw. He shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the one-one which makes him very hard to beat and on his last start effort there doesn’t look to be much between him and
2. Ellsberg. 13. War Eternal backs up after running second to Ita at Randwick seven days ago and a slightly unlucky second at that. The four-year-old ran fourth in the G1 Randwick Guineas third up last preparation. Not reading too much into that fact that Ellsberg is yet to win second up. Three of those defeats came by less than half a length.
How to play it: Rustic Steel to win.
Race 10 – 5.25PM IRRESISTIBLE POOLS & SPAS HCP (1100m)
3. A Very Fine Red is brilliant fresh, having run Mazu to 1.4L first up last preparation, is at her most dynamic over the 1100m journey and can position up behind what promises to be a frantic speed from barrier 1. Whether the inside gate is a positive or not come the last remains to be seen so monitor that throughout the meeting. She hasn’t set the world on fire in her two trials but that’s just her, she’s never been a flash trialler. 4. Fire wanted to duck out in the straight last start over this same track and trip, costing himself victory as the odds on favourite. Has been freshened since then with a month between runs. 8. Kipsbay was brilliant winning a Midway last start, leading from start to finish. He won’t get the same control in this but he’s versatile enough to cope. Chases four straight wins as he works through the grades.
How to play it: A Very Fine Red each way.
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