A quality field of fillies are mares are scheduled to kick start their spring carnival campaigns at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday in the 2013 Sheraco Stakes, and to help you pick the winner below are the Races.com.au crew’s tips on the Golden Rose Day feature.
The 14 horses engaged in this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Sharp Sheraco Stakes (1200m) field are engaged to face off in Rosehill Race 6 at 3:50pm (AEST).
Of the hopefuls it is the Grahame Begg-trained Bennetta with the inside alley who sits top of the markets at $4.60.
James McDonald’s mount carries 58kg under the set weights plus penalites conditions and is first-up here having last run a distant last when 14th to Appearance in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at this track during the spring.
For the Coolmore Bennetta got in with only 52kg so must really rise in the weights for her resuming run.
She did show her class earlier during her campaign last season winning three on the trot including a two length success in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), also run at Rosehill.
It is that form and not the Coolmore run that Begg is hoping Bennetta to bring to the races on Saturday, his confidence boosted by her two good Warwick Farm trials last month.
The likely fast tempo of the Sheraco should also work in her favour according to Begg who knows that she’s better off being ridden quietly to begin before bringing the speed at the end when it counts, directions he’ll be giving McDonald.
Following Bennetta in the Sheraco Stakes betting markets are then three other single-figure chances with early market mover Peron ($6), Allan Denham’s Gosford Guineas winner Ichihara ($5.50) with a nice gate two draw and Guy Walter’s triple Group 1 winning mare Appearance ($7).
So can Bennetta hold them off? Will the rank horse here Appearance bring out her Group 1 class and smash these rivals at a nice price? Or will the Sheraco be won by an outside chance such as the Gai Waterhouse-trained former star juvenile Driefontein ($10) or even Rob Heathcote’s Queensland raider Fire Up Fifi ($17)?
#2 Ichihara $5.50
Lots working in favour of this Wyong-based mare, especially that nice gate two draw. It’s going to be a quick tempo and this is one of the better barriers to jump from in the big field. Finished a brave second to Saturday’s favourite in the Light Fingers Stakes here back in February before winning the Eskimo Prince Stakes with 58kg at Warwick Farm in March. Also took out the Gosford Guineas in April and resumed in the Show County Quality when fifth to Rebel Dane last start. Have had three weeks between runs now (ideal) and will enjoy their gate even more having had 13 of 14 first-up which she’ll be fitter for.
#1 Appearance ($7)
Carries the 59.5kg topweight here under the conditions but really hard to go past a mare that’s one three Group 1’s including the Myer Classic last spring in Melbourne. Has barrier 10 to overcome but class to do so even with the weight. Daughter of Commands hasn’t raced since Doncaster 7th and while her three trials have left a lot to be desired, she’s never been the best trial performer. Think she can surprise, she’s beaten plenty of these before, won back-to-back Group 1’s at Rosehill in the spring. 1200m likely a bit short but was a very, very close second first-up over the distance last season in Sydney.
#4 Flying Snitzel ($17)
Adding a bit of value to the Sheraco exotics, we think Flying Snitzel from a nice barrier six draw could be a surprise minor placegetter. Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel four-year-old was a Group 2 winner of the Kewney Stakes in the autumn at Flemington, and while their three last runs were disappointing, was a nice trial winner at Rosehill over the 900m earlier in the month. First-up fifth to Bennetta in the Light Fingers here last time in, should have matured since then.
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