2015 Run To The Rose Day Scratchings & Track Report

Sydney racing this Saturday, August 29, runs at Rosehill Gardens where an eight race card packed full of spring hopes runs for Run To The Rose Day 2015.


Japonisme is the horse to beat in the feature race at Rosehill – the 2015 Run To The Rose. Photo: Steve Hart.

There are sunny skies at Rosehill Racecourse today with a top of 20 degrees and no chance of rain, perfect conditions for one of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival’s early meetings.

Currently the track is rated a Soft (6) and with the top weather forecast there is a chance of an upgrade to the course as the day progresses.

Rosehill Track Report – 29/08/2015

  • Rail: True
  • Weather: Fine
  • Track Type: Turf
  • Irrigation: Nil last 7 days
  • Rainfall: Nil last 24hrs, 42mm last 7 days
  • Penetrometer: 5.57
  • Track Rating: Soft (6)

Rosehill racing kicks off this afternoon at 12:40pm (AEST) and continues through until the card closer at 5:05pm (AEST).

The meeting line-up is headlined by two black-type races, the sole Group race on the program being the $175,000 Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) that takes place quite early in the day as Race 5 at 3:05pm (AEST) and features just the five starters with two early scratchings – Raphael’s Cat and race roughie Mr Optimistic.

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Rosehill Race Scratchings – 29/08/2015

Total Scratchings: 13

Race 1 (12:40pm) – $85,000 All Too Hard @ Vinery Handicap (2400m)

  • #6 Ward (6)

Just six line-up in the first at Rosehill with a wide open field, no galloper over $10 for the win. Early favourite drawn the rails and shooting for a hat-trick of wins on the trot is Hugh Bowman’s mount Defrost My Heart ($2.80) who is a gun over 2400m and has upside coming into this. Also money coming for Lucky Liaison ($5) who will appreciate the claim from their apprentice hoop.

Race 2 (1:15pm) – $85,000 TAB.Com.Au Handicap (1500m)

  • #6 Supreme Warrior (6)

Another small field this one with six in the mix following a single scratching like in the first. Markets a wide open affair with a trio fighting for favouritism, Foreign Prince ($3.40) currently winning the battle with Tommy Berry to ride the son of High Chaparral. Hot on his heels in the markets though are the rails-drawn 59kg top weight Centre Pivot ($3.70) who beat some notable hopes home in the Spring Preview two weeks ago and Hollywood Bound ($3.90) who hit the line hard when runner-up at Randwick over the mile at the start of the month.

Race 3 (1:50pm) – $85,000 McGrath Estate Agents Handicap (1400m)

  • #3 Vanbrugh (7)

Seven in the mix in the third, a nice BenchMark 72 where River Wild is odds-on favourite and still firming at $1.80, the son of Fastnet Rock having made an impression with a six length win on debut over 1300m at Kembla Grange for trainer Gai Waterhouse a fortnight ago. Rise in class, but is the one to beat with Let’s Make It Rain ($6.50) also boasting claims even with the top weight (59kg).

Race 4 (2:30pm) – $100,000 Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m)

  • #8 Jiayuguan (8)

The meeting’s first of two stakes races, the field for this quality handicap is small (seven) and narrow favourite at $3 is Sam Clipperton’s mount Magic Hurricane who gets in on the 54kg minimum and comes off a third in the Spring Preview here two weeks ago. Has winning form up to 2400m so distance a non-issue and will eat up the ground. Market mover is Chris Waller’s Silverball ($3.70) who will strip fitter having looked overweight in his resuming run.

Race 5 (3:05pm) – $175,000 Group 2 MTA NSW Run To The Rose (1200m)

  • #5 Raphael’s Cat (4)
  • #7 Mr Optimistic (2)

The day’s headliner but only the five final starters after Waterhouse withdrew her hopeful Raphael’s Cat. The race roughie Mr Optimistic also came out, but was never a genuine hope of winning in a race dominated by the Waller-trained Japonisme on the rails with Hugh Bowman riding the young gun who shoots for a fifth win on the trot this time in. Exosphere ($3.70) for Godolphin is the next best in betting, while the interest lies in Waller’s returning Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) winner Press Statement ($6.50) and what he does first-up over this distance.

Race 6 (3:45pm) – $85,000 TAB Place Multi Handicap (1100m)

  • #1 Vezalay (5)

Vezalay out of the sixth having gained a run as the first emergency in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes down at Caulfield on the Memsie Stakes Day card. The one to beat in this handicap for fillies and mares according to the bookies is now Sultry Feeling ($5.50 into $4.40), another top Bowman mount for the day who is first-up having last run fourth beaten under two lengths by Miss Cover Girl in the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in early April.

Race 7 (4:25pm) – $85,000 Schweppes Handicap (1400m)

  • #2 Holy Delusions (2)
  • #3 Pressing (11)
  • #10 Mark’s Legacy (6)
  • #12 Artistry (9)

A number come out of the penultimate Rosehill race today, leaving 10 in the mix for the BenchMark 75 where all the money is on His Majesty ($2.20) jumping from the inside alley with Tommy Berry aboard the in-form Kim Waugh-trained Wyong galloper. Lightly raced despite being a six-year-old with nine starts for three wins and four other minor placings, including a Rosehill second in this class over just 50m shorter a fortnight back.

Race 8 (5:05pm) – $85,000 TAB Rewards Handicap (1200m)

  • #4 Havana (9)
  • #11 Wonderbolt (11)

Sydney racing comes to an end with a nice BenchMark 85 sprint featuring a few talented types led by market mover Inz’n’out ($2.35) coming off a good win at Randwick three weeks ago where the Gerald Ryan-trained Zariz four-year-old beat his rivals by a minimum four lengths.


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