Tarzino Tops 2016 Rosehill Guineas Nominations

Mick Price’s ATC Derby-bound Tarzino is the headline nomination taken for the Rosehill Guineas 2016 on Golden Slipper Stakes Day in Sydney this weekend.

Tarzino

Australian Derby-bound Tarzino is the likely favourite for this Saturday’s 2016 Rosehill Guineas on Golden Slipper Stakes Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Winner of the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington during the spring, Tavistock colt Tarzino has had two runs this time in ahead of his shot at more elite level success in Saturday’s $600,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

His latest was a devastatingly close second to Palentino in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) over the Flemington mile.

Tarzino lost by a short half-head and his hoop Craig Newitt also failed to win the race on protest over the first past-the-post.

Caulfield horseman Price, who also saddles-up his Blue Diamond Stakes quinella of Extreme Choice and Flying Artie as the top two fancies in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) in Sydney on Saturday, is confident Tarzino can improve this weekend.

The extra metres will suit, but if successful he’ll be the first Rosehill Guineas winner to come off an Australian Guineas lead-up since Diatribe (6th) in 2000.

His major Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival assignment is the $2 million Group 1 BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 2, a race the Rosehill Guineas has produced the winner of seven times in the past eight years.

No filly has beaten home the boys in the Rosehill Guineas since Riverina Charm (1989), but this year the early markets fancy the Ciaron Maher-trained VRC Oaks winner from the spring Jameka as a big danger to Tarzino.

The Myboycharliefilly is third-up on the weekend and comes off a brave fifth in the Australian Guineas beaten just two lengths from a wide barrier 12 of 15 draw ahead of her Rosehill debut.

The only other filly among the Rosehill Guineas entries this season is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Stay With Me.

Winner of the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in Caulfield last year, the daughter of Street Cry comes via the traditional Rosehill Guineas path having crossed two lengths away fourth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 5.

Three of the past four Rosehill Guineas winners came off a Randwick Guineas run with the last to complete the double being It’s A Dundeel (2013).

This year’s upset Randwich Guineas winner Le Romain defeated the odds-on favourite Press Statement by a long neck on the back of a Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) second to the same Chris Waller-trained youngster.

Le Romain is nominated for not only the Rosehill Guineas on Saturday but also in two weight-for-age features holding entries for the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and the $700,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

It is the same story for Waller’s beaten Randwick Guineas favourite Press Statement, the dual Group 1 winning Hinchinbrook colt also nominated for all three races but unlikely to run in the Rosehill Guineas.

Another Randwick Guineas graduate high-up early futures markets for the Rosehill equivalent this weekend is Anthony Cummings’ fifth-placed Montaigne, Cummings shooting for a second win following his success with Dealer Principal in 2008.

Other notable hopes include the Bjorn Baker-trained Randwick Guineas third placegetter Gold Ambition and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Australian Guineas fourth placed colt River Wild.

See below for the full Rosehill Guineas 2016 nominations, the field and barriers out on Wednesday morning so stay tuned.

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2016 Rosehill Guineas Nominations

Rosehill Racecourse – 19/03/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 04711×477 BALMAIN BOY G 3 Les Bridge 72
2 16 CHARLEVOIX C 3 Michael Kent
3 2251×912 CROSLEY HOTSHOT G 3 Bjorn Baker 72
4 1×226 DATA POINT C 3 Michael Kent 66
5 313632×90 ETYMOLOGY C 3 John O’Shea 88
6 x69358x823 GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 80
7 7x6131x705 HURSLEY (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 72
8 2x4132x024 I’M BELUCCI C 3 Desleigh Forster
9 1x33211x45 JAMEKA F 3 Ciaron Maher
10 312×1221 LE ROMAIN C 3 Kris Lees 104
11 1410 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 3 James Bridge 70
12 21135 MONTAIGNE (NZ) G 3 Anthony Cummings 78
13 11x2511x12 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 108
14 13×41184 RIVER WILD C 3 Gai Waterhouse 79
15 703452×001 SCHOPENHAUER (NZ) G 3 Craig Ritchie
16 172029×408 SHARDS C 3 John O’Shea 82
17 17148×659 SOVEREIGN NATION C 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
18 84151 SPANISH STRIDE G 3 Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti 66
19 7×32326220 SPLENDIDO (NZ) G 3 Bruce Wallace
20 x11616x534 STAY WITH ME F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 102
21 311731×42 TARZINO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 106
22 2462111×06 VANBRUGH C 3 Chris Waller 100
23 1×83111418 XTRAVAGANT (NZ) C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards

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