John O’Shea’s last start Ajax Stakes winner at the track It’s Somewhat is early favourite to back-up at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday in the Neville Sellwood Stakes 2016 with another autumn win for Godolphin.
Running as Rosehill Race 3 at 1:55pm (AEDT) on The BMW Day this Easter Saturday, the $150,000 Group 3 The Daily Telegraph Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) field features 11 stayers.
O’Shea saddles up the two highest rated gallopers handicap-wise including It’s Somewhat in barrier eight with Sydney’s leading hoop James McDonald booked for the ride.
McDonald replaces Sam Clipperton in the saddle of the Dynaformer five-year-old who won the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) last time out on March 12.
Stepping up in distance on the weekend, It’s Somewhat sits top of the Neville Sellwood Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.90 to keep the winning streak going ahead of a possible clash with Winx in the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 9.
The Ajax Stakes produced last year’s Neville Sellwood Stakes winner, Gai Waterhouse’s subsequent Doomben Cup champion in Brisbane Pornichet (2015) improving on a fifth in the Group 2 lead-up.
O’Shea’s other hope this weekend is Magic Hurricane drawn one wider in barrier nine with Damien Oliver partnering the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) winner from last October.
Six-year-old Hurricane Run gelding Magic Hurricane’s last start was a sixth of six runners when beaten three lengths by Sir John Hawkwood in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at the same track and distance a fortnight back.
He is an $8.50 hope in Neville Sellwood Stakes betting equal with Entirely Platinum prepared by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes who is two-from-three at Rosehill Racecourse.
Shorter in the markets are Team Hawkes’ other runner Messene ($5) who ran second in the Sky High, the aforementioned Sky High Stakes winner Sir John Hawkwood ($5) trained by David Vandyke and the Peter Robl-trained Canberra Cup third placegetter Centre Pivot ($6.50).
Also runner-up in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth last November, Lonhro seven-year-old Messene is out to break a lengthy winning drought dating back to his 2014 Ajax stakes success.
Fellow seven-year-old Sir John Hawkwood has run top two in his past four runs going back to mid-November, and Blake Shiggs retains the ride after his win aboard the veteran in the Sky High.
Centre Pivot meanwhile is back to Rosehill for the first time since November last year, the track producing four wins and a second form eight starts for the More Than Ready five-year-old.
The other most notable hope in an open market is the widely-drawn Guardini ($11) jumping from the outside alley with Kerrin McEvoy aboard.
Flemington’s Lee & Anthony Freedman saddle-up the grey Dalakhani stallion, the import having just his third run down under on the back of a sixth in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne on March 12.
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