Tarzino has opened short-priced favourite to win his second Group 1 title in his Rosehill Gardens debut this Saturday against a field of fellow three-year-olds in the Rosehill Guineas 2016 on Golden Slipper Stakes Day.
Due to run as Rosehill Race 6 at 3:50pm (AEDT), this year’s $600,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m) field features 14 hopefuls including Crown Oaks winner filly Jameka in the outside alley.
Leading the Rosehill Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.50 to salute for the punters for the first time since It’s A Dundeel (2013) is Mick Price’s Victoria Derby winner from the spring Tarzino.
The Tavistock colt jumps from a gun gate two draw, which produced last year’s Rosehill Guineas winner Volkstok’n’barrell (2015), with Craig Newitt continuing his association.
A winner of three of his eight starts to date, Tarzino comes off a devastatingly close second to Palentino in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington a fortnight ago and will be ready to peak third-up stepping up to the 2000m.
Three other hopefuls are under $10 to win in the latest Rosehill Guineas odds including the aforementioned Jameka ($6.50) who could scratch out of the race.
If she does run, the Ciaron Maher-trained daughter of Myboycharlie has a notable hoodoo to overcome with no filly winning the race since Riverina Charm (1989).
The other best fancied in the markets are the upset Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain ($7) and the Chris Waller-trained Vanbrugh ($9) drawn in barriers seven and 12 respectively.
Historically the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) has been the best form line to follow into the Rosehill edition and this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival the Kris Lees-trained Hard Spun gelding Le Romain shoots for the double last achieved three years ago.
Vanbrugh meanwhile is tipped to improve sharply off his Australian Guineas sixth seeing further than a mile for the first time since the Encosta De Lago colt won the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in October last year.
The last double-figure hope to score an upset Rosehill Guineas result was Criterion ($12) in 2014 and this year the best of the runners at around this price are Montaigne ($10), River Wild ($10) and Gold Ambition ($11).
The Anthony Cummings-trained Montaigne ran third to Press Statement in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 20 before a Randwick Guineas fifth last time out when beaten only two and a half lengths.
He was caught up for a run until the closing stages last start and looked like he was wanting more metres, which he gets this weekend putting him right in the mix if he and jockey Blake Shinn get a better run in transit from barrier three.
River Wild represents dual Rosehill Guineas winning trainer Gai Waterhouse – Carnegie Express (2002) and Laser Hawk (2012) – and comes off a fourth in the Australian Guineas.
The Fastnet Rock colt is a three-time winner from seven starts, but is yet to beat home a field in black-type company.
Gold Ambition meanwhile represents the Sydney-based Bjorn Baker and comes off a third in the Randwick Guineas from barrier 10 as a $41 roughie.
He is much shorter in betting this weekend where he has drawn the same barrier and with the step up 400m in distance is a livewire chance in the exotics.
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