Inference Heads 2017 Rosehill Guineas Nominations

The Hawkes Racing-trained Inference is one of the key Rosehill Guineas 2017 nominations taken for the three-years-old Group 1 at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Stakes Day this weekend in Sydney.

Inference

Inference chases the Randwick Guineas – Rosehill Guineas 2017 double with success in the second leg this Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

Racing NSW took nineteen early entries for this season’s $600,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), the set weights clash one of five elite levels on the Rosehill Gardens card on Saturday.

Co-trainer John Hawkes has prepared three previous Rosehill Guineas winners – Octagonal (1996), Sale Of Century (2001) and Niello (2004) – and looks to have a stand-out chance of a fourth win with nicely bred So You Think colt Inference in 2017.

Inference has won four of his nine career starts to date, most recently beating the filly Invincible Gem home in the mud on March 4 to take out the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

He handled the Heavy (10) track that day and also ran third to Prized Icon in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington during the spring, suggesting the 2000m of the Rosehill Guineas third-up should be ideal.

Currently Inference sits top of pre-field Rosehill Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $4.50 to complete the double last achieved by It’s A Dundeel (2013).

The other best out of the Randwick Guineas nominated for a rematch over more distance this weekend is the third-placed Comin’ Through for Chris Waller.

There has been plenty of hype this autumn on the half-brother of Criterion who won the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in the spring.

He has had three runs this time in for three losses, most recently running two lengths third in the Randwick Guineas and currently pays $8.50 to atone with a Group 1 win on Saturday.

Waller chases his first Rosehill Guineas win in 2017 and has also nominated for Wine Bush and the flying Snitzel colt Sizzling Bullet who comes off back-to-back Randwick wins over 1800m and 200m respectively this season.

Second favourite in all-in Rosehill Guineas betting behind Inference is the reigning Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon ($5.50).

The More Than Ready colt comes off a Melbourne lead-up run having crossed a solid second behind Hey Doc in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) a fortnight ago.

The Australian Guineas produced last year’s Rosehill Guineas winner Tarzino (2nd in 2016), form Prized Icon is out to frank this weekend as he prepares to excel over the extra metres three runs into this autumn campaign.

Also in top form heading towards the Group 1 on Saturday is Kiwi raider Gingernuts looking to join the growing list of recent New Zealanders to win the Rosehill Guineas.

Jimmy Choux (2011), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Volkstok’n’barrell (2015) are the latest NZ visitors to get the job done and the bookies are taking no chances with the Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards-trained Gingernuts this season.

He has won four from seven at home to date including the Group 1 NZ Derby (2400m) on March 4 from barrier 13 of 18, ideal form heading down under for the first time on Golden Slipper Day.

Jimmy Choux (2011) completed the NZ Derby – Rosehill Guineas double that Gingernuts shoots for this season.

See below for the full Rosehill Guineas 2017 nominations, the field out on Wednesday followed by updated markets at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $500 first time depositors’ bonus match bet offer with use of the code BETBONUS (T&Cs apply / excluding NSW).

2017 Rosehill Guineas Nominations

Rosehill Gardens – 18/03/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 323211×35 ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 80
2 2x1113x8P BEZEL C 3 John O’Shea 78
3 30167×212 CLIFF HANGER G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 74
4 121×533 COMIN’ THROUGH C 3 Chris Waller 90
5 21×40111 GINGERNUTS (NZ) G 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 105
6 1x3670x67 HARDHAM C 3 David Brideoake 66
7 226×312126 HARPER’S CHOICE C 3 Gerald Ryan 70
8 5353226×55 HOLLYWOOD MO C 3 Paul Perry
9 1734 IMPAVIDO G 3 Bjorn Baker 74
10 1x11433x51 INFERENCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
11 51429×338 LAND OF PLENTY C 3 Grahame Begg 72
12 123×115 MAN FROM UNCLE G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 86
13 x463351x62 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 108
14 842122212 RISING RED (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 90
15 112×52 RUTHVEN C 3 Ciaron Maher 75
16 x454282x06 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
17 91×311 SIZZLING BULLET C 3 Chris Waller 75
18 x165344x40 SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing 78
19 375150×355 WINE BUSH G 3 Chris Waller 70

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