Thu, Jul 14, 10:33am by Staff Writer
Racing is at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) the feature race. On Wednesday, the track was rated in the heavy range but with strong winds and no rain forecast it should improve to a soft. The rail is in the true and a solid 119 runners have accepted for the meeting.
Rugged Cross won the Winter Stakes last year for trainer Chris Waller and he lines up this year with Tales of Grimm and Marenestro. A horse that’s always showed some promise, Tales of Grimm ($6 – William Hill) is a last start Listed winner at Eagle Farm. His last win before that was over a year ago in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) which was then followed by a second in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m). Marenestro ($8 with William Hill) won his first two this prep, with his most recent run being a last in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m). He has won four on the heavy and three on the soft though, so the track shouldn’t be an issue. Marenestro has drawn barrier one with Tye Angland in the saddle while Tales of Grimm has drawn ten, with Tom Berry to ride.
Last year’s race was a blanket finish with Wouldn’t It Be Nice finishing third and he lines up again on Saturday. Wouldn’t It Be Nice’s ($16 – William Hill) last win was in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Randwick over a year ago.
Before this campaign, Ninth Legion’s last win was back in January 2015. The now, rising seven-year-old has found a new lease of life under trainer Peter Robl and he’s gunning for three-in-a-row on Saturday. He’s last two wins have been in the Listed Eyeliner (1350m) and Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) – both on soft tracks – and he’ll carry top weight of 60kg. He is $4.80 equal favourite with the horse he beat last start, Better Not Blue.
Oxford Poet ($5.50) was strongly backed in the Civic Stakes only to finish a 1.5L fifth. He’s won four of 21 with a further 12 minor placings but two of his wins have been at this track. Snippets Land ($6.50) was fourth in the Civic but a Group 3 BRC Sprint winner three starts back while Shadow Lord ($14) was a winner first-up when defeating Burning Passion who has won since. (Shadow Lord finished fourth to Burning Passion in that event). Hidden Warrior ($18) is out of form but has won three at Rosehill and two over this ‘track and distance’ while Zin Zan Eddie ($20) is second-up from a spell and has won three times over the 1400m.
In Race 1, Morton’s Fork ($2.50 – William Hill) is a short-priced favourite after finishing second to the Gai Waterhouse-trained Thronum last start. Waterhouse runs Lord Macau ($7.50) on Saturday who comes into this off a mid week Warwick Farm victory.
Team Snowden could be in for another strong day with El Sasso going for back-to-back wins in Race 7 (a BM93 over 1200m) where he’s opened a $2.70 favourite while the much spoken about Thud is the $3 favourite for Race 8, a competitive fillies and mares BM85 over 1350m.
Betting: Many punters would have done their money on Morton’s Fork and Thud at their most recent runs but it might be worth giving them another go on Saturday. Morton’s Fork was beaten by a nice horse but he’s out to 1400m and the better track will suit whilst Thud will be rattling home if she gets a clear run. The mare has drawn barrier one and it’s a tough race so it will be heart in the mouth stuff again with her.
Suggested Early Bet: Morton’s Fork into Thud @ $7.50 with William Hill
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