This Saturday jockey Peter Robl will shoot for his second success in a Sydney Autumn Carnival classic partnering the Bede Murray-trained Darci Be Good in the 2012 Rosehill Guineas at the Gardens.
Running as Rosehill Race 7 at 4:10pm, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) has attracted a crack field of 20 gallopers, 18 with a guaranteed start and two spares needing a pre-race scratching to make the cut.
Robl’s ride is in barrier 15, into 13 with emergencies out, the Darci Brahma colt out to overcome the wide gate and secure career win number four.
The youngster, second to fellow Rosehill Guineas rival Doctor Doom in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick last spring, goes into Saturday fourth-up for the season .
They have failed to impress as yet, but have raced over unsuitably short distances, their best result not surprisingly being last start when they saw the mile to finish two lengths away sixth to ace filly Mosheen in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas on March 17.
Stepping up to the 2000-metres should see Darci Be Good be more competitive, the galloper rated a $16 chance in the Rosehill Guineas odds at bookmaker.com.au.
“We’ve drawn a bit awkward which is no help to him but Bede said he’s improved from his Randwick Guineas run,” Robl said.
“The ten furlongs (2000m) is going to suit him and a bit of moisture in the track won’t hurt him at all. He can definitely win this and go on and win the (Australian) Derby.
“It’s a shame we’ve drawn a touch awkward but there’s not much we can do about that.”
Robl won his first, and to date only, Rosehill Guineas back in 2008 aboard the Anthony Cummings-trained Dealer Principal, and is this year one of eight previous Rosehill Guineas winning hoops with a ride.
“It was my first Group One winner, Dealer Principal, and you never forget that,” Robl said.
“A fair bit of water has flowed under the bridge since then.”
Cummings, meanwhile, will be vying for another win this year with Australian Guineas runner-up Strike The Stars ($9 bookmaker.com.au) ridden by Blake Shinn.
The other jockeys out for multiple Rosehill Guineas victories this year are:
- Danny Nikolic (Metal Bender 2009) aboard reigning Victoria Derby winner Sangster ($21 bookmaker.com.au)
- Nash Rawiller (Zabrasive 2010) with Gai Waterhouse’s Randwick Guineas third placed Laser Hawk ($5.50 bookmaker.com.au) who is the second best fancied three-year-old in the field
- Corey Brown (Eremein 2005) with the ride on one of Chris Waller’s trio, $101 bookmaker.com.au roughie Big Time
- Glen Boss (Sky Heights 1999) will saddle-up Ocean Park ($8 bookmaker.com.au), the second best fancied Kiwi in the field racing for the second time down under after a failed Randwick Guineas eighth place finish
- Hugh Bowman (He’s No Pie Eater 2007) has the plum mount this year aboard the favourite Silent Achiever ($4.20 bookmaker.com.au), the last-start New Zealand Derby winner out for her fifth straight
- Jim Cassidy (Diatribe 2000, Innocent King 1993) shooting for a record third win this year with NZ Derby runner-up Rock ‘n’ Pop ($15 bookmaker.com.au)
Whether you are backing the favourite or tipping an upset Rosehill Guineas result this year the odds you are after can be found at bookmaker.com.au.