Sunday at the Sunshine Coast sees the postponed...
Race 1: Canadian Club Handicap (1500m) – Eugene’s Pick
Mandylion is the speedster in this three-year old fillies and mares race, and should look to lead early. After a couple of rainy days in Melbourne, we’re probably looking at a heavy track on Saturday though, which leaves the door wide open for the likes of Pandemonium, Impulsive and Eugene’s Pick. Mandylion and Eugene’s Pick met last time out on the same track, distance and surface a fortnight ago, with the latter running second behind winner All Too Soon. The mare of Mastercraftsman receives a wider draw on Saturday, but showed some real kick in the final furlong last time out. She’ll likely sit three-wide and look to swoop in on Mandylion late.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 1
Race 2: Highway Handicap (1200m) – Handle The Truth
It’ll take something special to beat Highway Sixtysix at $3.00 odds but Handle The Truth’s last run at Goulburn earlier in August really caught my eye. The son of Star Witness hardly looked challenge in a fairly simple race over 1000m, racing from a three-wide position to really shift through the gears on the final turn. I’m yet to see this horse jump poorly from the barrier, and he receives a handy inside draw on Saturday with a strong 2-0 first-up record in hand. James McDonald will have his work cut out for him on Highway Sixtysix jumping from barrier 14, which should leave plenty of room for Handle The Truth to do work along the rail.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 2
Race 3: Schweppes Handicap (1400m) – Golden Hits (Each Way)
This is a tough race to read but if you’re not fussed on the $2.70 about Don’t Give A Damn, there’s plenty of nice each-way options out there. Golden Hits won over 1350m earlier in August, showcasing an electrifying turn of foot down the straight. She stepped up to 1400m two weeks ago at Warwick Farm, but barrier 12 did jockey Glyn Schofield no favours as he struggled to establish a position down the straight. Don’t let her running seventh last time out fool you, Golden Hits is capable of handling this distance and also has a win to her name on the soft.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 3
Race 4: The Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) – No Bet
There’s very little value in The Autumn Sun at $1.85, so this is a race I’m happy to watch. It will still be interesting to see how this pans out though, especially after Master Ash was so good at the Group 3 Up and Coming Stakes (1300m) racing home late to win by three quarters. I could say the same for Danawi, who challenged late to run second. Both will likely feature in the running this time around, but if The Autumn Sun can drift back and run on late, I wouldn’t like to bet against him.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 4
Race 5: Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) – D’argento
Don’t sleep on D’Argento this weekend. All eyes will be on The Everest favourite Trapeze Artist, but the inside draw at barrier 3 probably isn’t what trainer Gerald Ryan would’ve wanted. This is a fascinating race that features several future superstars but you can’t forget D’Argento’s fantastic run in the Winx Stakes (1400m) three weeks ago. The four-year old went tit-for-tat with Kementari down the straight and only just missed out on second by a nose. The 56kg weight is favourable on Saturday. and with Siege of Quebec and Home Of The Brave likely to drift over from the wide draw and put pressure on the favourites, a lane should open up for Hugh Bowman to dive right through.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 5
Race 6: The Run To The Rose (1200m) – Jonker
San Domenico Stakes winner Graff was superb first-up, but the favourite won’t have the run of the race this weekend from barrier 13. He’s got enough speed to win from there, but it’s unlikely the Kris Lees stable will want to push too hard from a three-wide position with the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes up next on September 22. Aside from Graff, there’s not a lot of speed in this field, and it might take someone game enough to lead from the get-go, which plays into Kerrin McEvoy’s hands. Jonker steps up to the 1200m after running fourth in the San Domenico, but after running the third fastest final 400m of that race, the roughie has a chance to run away from the front on Saturday.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 6
Race 7: Sheraco Stakes (1200m) – Daysee Doom
Backing Champagne Cuddles to win from barrier 1 first-up seems pretty safe, but we’ve seen plenty of inconsistencies in Bjorn Baker’s four-year old recently. She hasn’t won since May, and although her first-up 3-1 record might look a sure-thing, there’s simply too much talent among these mares. Group 1 winner Daysee Doom is also proven first-up, and already has one-up over Champagne Cuddles. The two clashed in the Tatts Tiara (1350m) at Doomben earlier in June, a race that saw Daysee Doom run the fastest final 400m of the race.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 7
Race 8: Zyrtec Spring Sprint (1100m) – She Knows
Very impressive run with 63.5 kg on her back two weeks ago over 1100m. Already a proven sprinter having won three-times over 1000m, and loves a wet track. She Knows will have some ground to make up jumping from barrier 12, but so will $2.20 favourite Soothing from barrier 10. The mare to Denman has a great track record second-up though, winning both of her starts and if she jumps well from the gate should excel with a much lighter weight this weekend.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 8
Race 9: Iron Jack Handicap (1800m) – Letter To Juliette
Bit of a dart throw in this one, but Letter To Juliette has won or placed in six of her nine starts. Ran third only two weeks ago on the same track but was up in trip at 2000m. Drops back here, but she seemed to enjoy the wet ground last start in a race that saw her finish only 0.6L behind winner Royal Stamp. Has a favourable draw jumping from barrier 2 on Saturday and could easily win if jockey Tye Angland establishes position close to the rail early.
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 9
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