Fri, Sep 23, 9:02am by Bren O'Brien
It’s Golden Pendant Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, a day littered with small field sizes.
The feature race of the day, the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) has been won by some nice mares in recent history with Peeping (2015), More Joyous (2012) and Hot Danish (2009) all popular victors over the past decade.
A field of ten will line up in this year’s edition with top weight First Seal opening as $3.30 favourite with William Hill. The John Thompson-trained mare is first-up into the race, and her first-up record reads well with two wins and a placing from four fresh starts. Last time in she won the Mille Fox Stakes over 1300m when fresh and Thompson is upbeat about how well she is going into Saturday. She’ll be joined by stable mate Zanbagh ($18) who is also first-up and although her first-up record doesn’t read well (one win from seven starts), she can sprint well fresh – in the autumn she ran an eye-catching 1L second to Solicit when first-up over this distance. Ammirata ($23), for Joe Pride, is the only other first-up runner in the race and while she is one of the outsiders according to betting, she is three from four when first-up.
Heavens Above ($5.50) was an impressive last start Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) winner at this track and there’s plenty of those that finished behind her, lining up here. Two starts back Heavens Above was fourth to Pearls ($11) who has since finished eleventh in the Sheraco but only 3.2L from the winner.
Dixie Blossoms ($7) has finished alongside Pearls at her last two starts when twelfth in the Sheraco and runner-up in the Group 3 Toy Show (1300m) before that. Her last start was the second time she has not been in the placings in her seven race-career but she should be suited by the rise in distance on Saturday.
Tycoon Tara ($8) is racing in good form this campaign with two wins from her first two starts under Team Snowden and a last start fourth in the Group 2 Theo Marks (1300m) when beaten less than a length. She’ll be joined by stablemate Serene Majesty ($15) who is second-up after a fifth in a blanket finish behind Heavens Above. Brenton Avdulla takes the ride on Serene Majesty while Josh Parr is on Tycoon Tara.
Denmagic ($9) was unlucky not to finish closer when fourth behind Heavens Above and while her overall record reads only two wins from 14 starts, she can reel off a good sectional. Sold for Song ($12) might not be suited by the probable lack of tempo in the race but might enjoy being in a smaller field, and with a better barrier.
Prized Icon ($3.50) is a Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) winner and he’s had some early support in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) to hold early outright favouritism. Swear ($4.60) is unbeaten in two career starts while Chris Waller’s High Mist ($4) was scratched from the Stan Fox to run here.
With the scratching of High Mist, a field of six will line up in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m). Impending ($2.65) and Divine Prophet ($2.60) are fighting out favouritism after finished third and fourth respectively behind Astern in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last start. Good Standing ($6.50) (fifth), Mediterranean ($9.50) (eighth) and Thronum ($13) (twelfth) also line up here, with Thronum looking to get on pace favours in the small field.
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