There may be a bumper field of 17 engaged for this weekend’s 2014 Rosehill Guineas, but the updated betting markets suggest this is a three horse race with a trio of youngsters dominating the early odds.
Running as Rosehill Gardens Race 8 at 4:4pm (AEST) on Saturday, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) is, as always, shaping up as a top showdown between Australasia’s ace three-year-old stayers.
There are four in the mix all under single-figures to win in the Rosehill Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, three battling for top spot.
The current favourite winning that battle is the Peter & Jacob McKay-trained Puccini ($4.80).
Drawn on the inside with barrier two, the Encosta De Lago colt is looking to make it four straight following three victories back home in their native New Zealand.
They are also out to become the second New Zealand-trained winner of the race in as many years following the success of the Murray Baker-trained It’s A Dundeel 12 months ago.
While It’s A Dundeel had already had plenty of racing in Australia before their Rosehill Guineas triumph, including the Randwick Guineas the start before, Puccini debuts down under here.
They did however take out a Group 1 last time out which bodes well as six last-start winners have taken out the Rosehill Guineas in the past 12 years.
Puccini is also proven over the distance, and further, with their lead-up success on March 1 being a two length victory in the New Zealand Derby (2400m).
Hot on Puccini’s heels in the Rosehill Guineas betting markets at $5 is then another last start Group 1 champ, the Peter Moody-trained Dissident (barrier seven).
Dissident comes off back-to-back Sydney wins having taken out the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes before their narrow success where they held on under pressure to take out the Randwick Guineas in mid-March.
They overcame barrier 12 of 14 that day and so will appreciate a better gate here as they look to become the eighth Rosehill Guineas winner in 11 years to come via the Randwick (or Canterbury as it was previously called) Guineas the run before.
If successful they’ll also be the second on the trot to complete the double joining It’s A Dundeel.
Third favourite for Saturday at $6.50 is then the rails-drawn Shamus Award out to achieve a unique feat having won the Cox Plate as a maiden last spring.
Danny O’Brien’s three-year-old Snitzel colt also won the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) second-up this season before their last start sixth behind Fiorente in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) against the older horses.
They’re back against their fellow three-year-olds here and should relish that, improve after a run over the distance this season now and do well in their Sydney debut.
Rounding out those under $10 in the markets a little off the top three is then Teronado at $8.
Bruce Hill’s Testa Rossa gelding is down from the Gold Coast and looking to continue making an impression after some fine runs this season.
They’ve had four starts already since the start of February in both Sydney and Melbourne, including a fifth when defeated under two lengths by Shamus Award in the Australian Guineas.
They worked hard there after getting stuck out wide on the turn and showed good ability over the mile.
That ability was confirmed last start when they travelled to Randwick to run fourth in the Guineas, running on well again late indicating the 2000m on Saturday will suit.
The next best in betting at juicer odds then include the John O’Shea-trained Group 2 winner Savvy Nature ($15) out to improve on a Randwick Guineas seventh where they were somewhat disappointing in the end, Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas winner Atlante ($15) looking to go back-to-back in the race for trainer Murray Baker, David Payne’s Sebring colt Criterion ($17) who should thrive over the extra metres after an Australian Guineas second two back and a fourth in the Victoria Derby last spring, and Anthony Cummings’ Lucky Owners colt Thunder Fantasy ($17) who was third in both the Vic Derby and Australian Guineas.
See below for the complete Rosehill Guineas 2014 odds, fixed win prices open now online at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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