Nine talent-rich races have been confirmed to run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday; Sydney’s premiere weekend race card.
All nine races have attracted classy fields, including several previous standouts at black type level and we have analysed every horse in detail, in order to help you find a winner.
Race 1 (11:25am) TAB Handicap (1200m)
Twelve two-year-olds will line up for Race 1 at Randwick on Saturday, including last-start winner Junglized (barrier 4). While undoubtedly facing a big step up in class into this field, the Snitzel colt is drawn ideally and will have no issue in performing to a high standard with only 55kgs in tow. Kanga’s Eye (barrier 3) has only made one appearance at the races, but was an impressive second in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) last spring and has trialled well in the lead up to this race, while Falconic (barrier 10) is also resuming and arguably has a class edge over much of this field. Godolphin runner Revenire (barrier 6) is yet to taste anything but success through his short career and should prove tough to beat once more in this race.
Tip: No. 7 Kanga’s Eye – Each Way ($7/$2.90)
Race 2 (12:00pm) Pro Rata ATC Membership On Sale Sprint (1200m)
An outstanding field of three-year-olds will line up for Race 2 at Rosehill on Saturday and there is several live chances amongst the ten entries. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Arbeitsam (barrier 5) will return from a spell in the race, but was excellent last time in and has trialled well through recent weeks. Group 1 placegetter Faraway Town (barrier 6) was last seen running third in the Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) in early March and while she is sure to take benefit from this, will also take plenty of beating at the class. Test The World (barrier 10) is yet to taste anything but success this time and will take plenty of beating, particularly with only 53kgs in tow, while the ever-dangerous Mediterranean (barrier 7) is certainly not without a chance.
Tip: No. 2 Faraway Town – Each Way ($12/$3.40)
Race 3 (12:35pm) Schweppes Handicap (1500m)
Only eight horses will take to the barriers for Race 3, but there is plenty of genuine Saturday talent confirmed and it is an open race from a betting perspective. Labdien (barrier 6) has steadily built to the task this time in and appears set to peak in this race, the consistent Countess Marinov (barrier 8) should relish the conditions of the race, particularly with a light weight. Dagny (barrier 4) recorded an impressive win over 1400m at Rosehill a fortnight ago and will be tough to beat once more on Saturday. Wahng Wah (barrier 3) was luckless in running before finishing third in the same race and should be right in the finish of the Schweppes Handicap from an inside draw.
Tip: No. 1 Dagny ($2.80)
Race 4 (1:10pm) TAB Highway Handicap (1400m)
Highway Handicaps are always one of the more well-contested races on Saturdays in Sydney and this race is no exception. Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn has an excellent strike record in these races and is well represented once more on Saturday with Zamex (barrier 2). The Cheval De Troy gelding placed second behind subsequent stakes winner Niccanova on the Gold Coast last time out and is undoubtedly the horse to beat in this Highway Handicap. Barbass (barrier 7) has been charged with carrying topweight, but has performed well in fields stronger than this and is a live chance. Call The Captain (barrier 3) faces a big step up in class, but has been excellent this time in and is an each-way chance at odds.
Tip: No. 3 Zamex ($3.30)
Race 5 (1:45pm) McGrath Estate Agents Handicap (1500m)
A strong field has been confirmed for Race 5, packed with proven winners and class. Vega (barrier 12) was an impressive winner last time out and while facing a step up in class, is more than capable under the conditions of the race. Cordero (barrier 14) has won each of his two most recent starts and there is nothing to say he cannot extend that record to three on Saturday. El Venetian (barrier 7), Crown Him (barrier 21) and Volpe (barrier 4) are all live chances and none would look out of place in the winner’s stall once more.
Tip: No. 13 Volpe – Each Way ($9.50/$3.30)
Race 6 (2:25pm) TAB.com.au Handicap (1200m)
A classy field of sprinters will step out in race 6, including notable resuming runners Zin Zan Eddie (barrier 13) and Gold Ambition (barrier 5). A strong and consistent performer last winter, Zin Zan Eddie has trialled well in the lead-up to his return, but will need luck in running after drawing the outside barrier and being charged with carrying topweight. Gold Ambition gets some relief at the weights (58.5kgs) and could receive the run of the race from barrier 5. Girl Sunday (barrier 11) is sure to take plenty of benefit from her last-start third a fortnight ago and should prove tough to beat under the conditions of this race.
Tip: No. 8 Girl Sunday – Each Way ($5.50/$2.25).
Race 7 (3:05pm) Eremein Handicap (1800m)
Race 7 is shaping as one of the most highly-anticipated races at Rosehill on Saturday and there is a case to be made for close to the entire field of twelve. Mighty Lucky (barrier 11) has been charged with overcoming a heavy weight and a wide draw, but the tough gelding genuinely produces his best when nothing is expected of him. Tucanchoo (barrier 6) returned to the races for a smart third in the Lloyd Williams Hall Of Fame Trophy (1400m) a fortnight ago and will take improvement into this race. Consistent Godolphin runner Alegria (barrier 5) had a rare off day at her last start, but the classy mare will enjoy a step up in distance and shouldn’t be too far away when the field straightens.
Tip: No. 5 Alegria – Each Way ($9/$2.90)
Race 8 (3:45pm) Octagonal Handicap (1400m)
Shiraz (barrier 6) will return to the races in the Octagonal Handicap on Saturday, but faces a big task in winning the race against an outstanding field of sprinters. The Zariz gelding is placed at Group 1 level and his class has carried him a long way through recent preparations, and he has trialled well leading into this race. Danish Twist (barrier 8) failed to fire at her last, but is Group 1 placed this time in and will be tough to beat amongst this company. Sir Bacchus (barrier 1) has steadily built to the task this time and is ready to peak in the Octagonal Handicap, while Snoopy (barrier 3) arguably carries the most upside into this race.
Tip: No. 6 Snoopy ($4.60)
Race 9 (4:25pm) #TheRaces Handicap (1500m)
Saturday’s Rosehill races will draw to a close with the running of #TheRaces Handicap, which has drawn an open and capacity field. Beretta (barrier 4) has been good, between lacklustre performances this time in, but he should be well suited to the conditions of this race and should find a good position behind the pace from his inside draw. Dreamforce (barrier 7) has drawn ideally into this field and is weighted well, and could relish a step back from a mile after just being pipped on the line last time. Should Dagny (barrier 19) gain a start in this field, he will be tough to beat udner the conditions.
Tip: No. 14 Dreamforce ($4.40)