The premier race of the weekend and the latest Group 1 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival classic runs at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday with the Golden Rose 2013, the Races.com.au team’s insider tips and betting selections for which can be found right here.
There are 17 genuine chances in this year’s field, the $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) which is scheduled to steal the show at 4:30pm as Race 7 of 8 on the bumper Sydney Saturday race card.
The two youngsters that took out the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes quinella at Caulfield are battling for favourtism in the latest Golden Rose odds.
Winner of that race, the David Hayes-trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking put two lengths on the luckless runner-up Prince Harada.
But the duo have reversed roles when it comes to the Rose markets with the Tony Vasil-trained Haradasun colt Prince Harada sitting as the $4.60 top fancy.
They haven’t got the same race experience having had just the three starts to date but are on the improve and, with a clear run, unlike the bumping they had to go through in the McNeil, from barrier one this weekend should be on the improve.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking meanwhile is at $5.50, out from $5, to win back-to-back spring features.
The son of Fastnet Rock was most impressive in the McNeil which came on the back of a very close second to Safeguard first-up in the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at the same track.
Champion hoop Brett Prebble stays on here and they really do look the duo to beat, Fast ‘N’ Rocking having run competitively over 1600m in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick when 1.7 lengths away fifth to Guelph back in April.
Other top fancies include the Anthony Cummings-trained Cluster ($8.50), Chris Waller’s poorly drawn Zoustar ($11) in the ‘visitor’s gate’, Cummings’ other runner Drago ($11) and market mover Sidestep ($13) in gate three for the reigning Golden Rose winning trainer Peter Snowden.
So are these the ones to back in the Golden Rose betting markets?
Will Prince Harada turn the tables on their last start conqueror?
Or will a roughie steal the show as so many did in the big races last weekend with talent coming from the likes of the in-form Peter Moody-trained Sebring colt Dissident ($15), Gai Waterhouse’s top fancy Aussies Love Sport ($18) or Moody’s other runner Thermal Current who ran third in the McNeil.
#2 Fast ‘N’ Rocking (Ladbrokes.com.au)
Think they’re sneaking in at great odds here considering their good win in the McNeil. While there’s been lots of uproar about the poor luck of the runner-up there, this horse did nothing wrong and got the bikkies which is what racing is about. From gate five, with Prebble in the saddle are going to take some beating. Have Group 1 experience with a Golden Sipper and Champagne fifth last season. Their last start win also bodes well as five of the past seven Rose winners came off a victory. Probably should have won first-up too and Rosehill holds no fears.
#1 Sidestep ($13)
Really liked the effort of Snowden’s runner two back when a first-up fourth in the San Domenico. Were runner-up in the Golden Slipper last season on the back of a good win in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill. Have had their past five runs at this track so they’re at home here. Forget their last in the Run To The Rose. They were injured and severely checked just after jumping there and never had a chance once they went to the back. Things haven’t gone right but tipping a turnaround. Snowden knows how to train a Golden Rose winner having won his fourth in the past three decades last year with Epaulette. Will also relish gate three. Don’t rule out at this price
#13 Prince Harada ($4.60)
Not sure if they are ready to win a race like this just yet, think they’ll be better with a bit more racing over a bit more distance later in the spring, but not ruling this favourite out completely. Tipping a close finish and predicting them to be right in in with a much better run hopefully on the cards after the McNeil disaster. It’s a big field so anything can happen but surely from barrier one they’re a chance as it’s produced three previous winners. Have one of the best Win Rates of the field with 66.67% and are out to become the third favourite in the past 11 years to salute for the punters.
Roughie We Like
#6 Aussies Love Sport ($18)
Money’s coming for this Waterhouse hopeful who has been backed in from $21. Out wide in barrier 16 so has work to do and think that will rule them out of the win, but definitely worth a look in for the exotics. Have had three goes already at the 1400m including back-to-back wins at their two most recent runs. First was here at Rosehill by 2.5 lengths and then they took out the Group 3 Ming Dynasty at Randwick last weekend. On a short back-up but has plenty of promise. Also showed could do a lot from a wide gate in the Ming from gate 12 of 14. Watch this space.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change