The countdown to the Sydney Spring Racing...
Only eight three-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Listed The Rosebud (1100m); the feature race at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
Menari was a standout performer for Gerald Ryan through the recent Autumn Carnival and has drawn ideally into The Rosebud field in barrier 5.
Debuting for a smart win in the TAB Rewards Plate (1100m) on January 14th, Menari ran second behind Pariah in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) before returning from a freshen-up to finishing fifth in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m).
Third past the post in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) before being relegated to fourth on protest, the Snitzel colt simply failed to fire when tenth in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships, but has trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive return.
Siege Of Quebec is yet to contest a race under black type conditions, but he has been outstanding through two starts so far and is set to start the race a clear favourite in betting markets.
Debuting for a smart win at Newcastle on June 27th, Siege Of Quebec appeared to be dropping out of contention in the #TheRaces Handicap (1400m) last time out on July 15th, but mustered an impressive late kick to win the race by half a length.
Drawn ideally on the rails, the Fastnet Rock colt will carry only 54.5kgs and has a fitness edge on several of his rivals in this race.
Diamond Tathagata has only run on rain-affected tracks through his short career, but he appears as though he will only be better on a good surface and is primed for a big first-up run in The Rosebud.
Debuting for second behind She Will Reign in the Inglis Nursery, Diamond Tathagata resumed this year for a smart win in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) before running on for a credible seventh in the Golden Slipper.
While failing to produce much in the Inglis Sires, the Hinchinbrook colt beat home an impressive field including Winx in a recent Randwick trial and should be ready to perform first-up.
I Am Excited is yet to miss a place through her short racing career so far and has drawn into The Rosebud field ideally in barrier 3, with in-form hoop Corey Brown in the saddle.
Debuting for third in the Listed Woodlands Stakes (1200m) at Scone, I Am Excited was last seen breaking her maiden in a 1200m sprint at Warwick Farm on May 31st.
Godolphin runner Trekking (barrier 2), Overshare (barrier 7), Perast (barrier 8) and Lightz (barrier 4) complete the 2017 Rosebud field.
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2017 The Rosebud Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2x170x||DIAMOND TATHAGATA||Mark Newnham||Blake Shinn||6||60.5kg||82|
|2||12540x||MENARI||Gerald Ryan||Joshua Parr||5||60.5kg||82|
|3||1x20x||TREKKING||James Cummings||Brenton Avdulla||2||56.5kg||74|
|4||11||SIEGE OF QUEBEC||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||1||54.5kg||70|
|5||45×1||OVERSHARE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||7||54kg||69|
|6||31x||I AM EXCITED||David Pfieffer||Corey Brown||3||53kg||69|
|7||136x||PERAST||Paul Perry||Andrew Adkins (a)||8||53kg||63|
|8||36x457x||LIGHTZ||Jim & Greg Lee||Ms Kathy O’Hara||4||53kg||62|
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