2015 Golden Pendant Day Scratchings & Track Report

There are no Group 1 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival features on the Rosehill Gardens program today, Saturday September 26, but there’s still plenty of top black-type racing to sink your teeth into on Golden Pendant Day 2015.


Catkins is odds-on favourite to win the feature race at Rosehill today – the 2015 Golden Pendant – in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

It is mostly cloudy in Sydney today, but with a chance of light showers only trackside at Rosehill the current Soft (5) rating is set to remain over the course of the meeting.

Rosehill Track Report – 26/09/2015

  • Rail: +4m Entire Course
  • Weather: Overcast
  • Track Type: Turf
  • Irrigation: Nil last 24 hrs, 4mm last 7 days
  • Rainfall: 4mm last 24 hrs, 20.5 last 7 days
  • Track Information: Possible showers
  • Penetrometer: 4.71
  • Track Rating: Soft (5)

There are six black-type races across the Rosehill card this afternoon with racing kicking off at 12:40pm (AEST) and continuing through until Race 8 at 5:05pm (AEST).

The highlight of the day is set to be the fillies and mares facing off in Race 6 – the 2015 Golden Pendant where all eight original final acceptors are still in the mix.

Other headline events include a small six-horse field of three-year-olds in the Stan Fox Stakes (Race 2) and the stayers facing off in the Shannon Stakes (Race 7) later on the line-up.

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Rosehill Scratchings – 26/09/2015

Total Scratchings: 2

Race 1 (12:40pm) – $85,000 Rydges Parramatta Handicap (2000m)

  • No current scratchings

The Sydney action kicks off with eight stayers facing off in a BM80 and it is a wide open market with all but one horse under double figures. Narrow $4.80 favourite is Dance Of Heroes for the state’s best, Chris Waller, the galloper yet to win from four starts at Rosehill. Waller also saddles-up Loophole ($7.50) who drops from the 61kg top weight to 55kg thanks to the Rory Hutchings claim and last start winner Four Carat ($7) with the rails run.

Race 2 (1:15pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m)

  • No current scratchings

First of the Group features the Stan Fox features just six three-year-olds led by Waller’s Caulfield Guineas top fancy Press Statement ($1.35) who is odds-on and firming to enjoy the extra metres here as a previous Group 1 winner of the mile as a two-year-old.

Race 3 (1:50pm) – $125,000 Group 3 Dilmah Tea Colin Stephen Quality (2400m)

  • #7 Turner Bayou (2)

Small fields continue for the Colin Stephen for possible 2015 The Metropolitan hopes at Randwick Saturday week with eight left, the favourite of which is the flying Amelie’s Star ($3.30) shooting for four straight wins. Hot on her heels though is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Bohemian Lily ($3.60) who should appreciate a firmer track today so long as the weather holds.

Race 4 (2:30pm) – $100,000 Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m)

  • No current scratchings

One of the day’s largest Rosehill race fields, there is 11 in this handicap showdown where Waterhouse’s last start Warwick Farm winning filly Flamboyant Lass is at a firming $2.60 to back-up from that Heavy-track success and win her maiden Rosehill assignment.

Race 5 (3:05pm) – $200,000 Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m)

  • No current scratchings

A dozen stayers make-up the field for this three-year-olds’ feature including current $3.60 favourite Vanbrugh in gate five for jockey Hugh Bowman, Waller’s colt coming off a mile win at Warwick Farm from the start of the month. His biggest threat is market mover Man Of Choice ($4.40) in barrier three who also comes off a win over 1600m when saluting at Kembla Grange by nearly four lengths.

Race 6 (3:45pm) – $400,000 Group 2 Ronald McDonald House Westmead Golden Pendant (1400m)

  • No current scratchings

The day’s marquee race has attracted only eight female gallopers but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in class. Waller prepares the odds-on favourite Catkins ($1.65) who was runner-up in the race last year and comes off a tidy Sheraco Stakes win when going out at a much juicier $5. To salute for the punters she needs to hold off last year’s winner Arabian Gold ($5) from the inside alley and market mover Slightly Sweet ($9) who is second-up after a fourth in the Sheraco.

Race 7 (4:25pm) – $175,000 Group 2 Leonay Plumbing Shannon Stakes (1500m)

  • No current scratchings

This handicap clash has 11 hopefuls and the one to beat is hard to pick out with so many genuine hopes so close in the markets including co-$5 favourites Ninth Legion coming off a very close first-up third to Winx in the Group 2 Theo Marks stakes (1300m) at the track and the Ciaron Maher-trained Melbourne raider Akavoroun who was runner-up to Disposition at Flemington a fortnight ago.

Race 8 (5:05pm) – $85,000 TAB More Than Just Winning Handicap (1400m)

  • #3 Slate On Edge (15)

Closing the card is this BM85 with 14 left to face off, the favourite being Music Magnate ($4) who ran third at the track over 200m less in similar company with improvement expected here. The main dangers are winner of that race Good Project ($5) who has a wide barrier to overcome this weekend and Wine Tales ($6) out to atone for a seventh over the Randwick mile from the start of the month.


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