Fri, Aug 26, 7:52am by Staff Writer
Racing heads to Rosehill Gardens on Saturday for the running of the Group 2 Run to the Rose (1200m). Sydney copped a big downpour of rain on Wednesday which has put the track into the heavy range but with only light intermittent showers forecast until race day, hopefully there’ll be some improvement.
Godolphin’s Exosphere won the Run to the Rose last year before going on to win the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and Team Godolphin have four chances lining up in this year’s lead up to the big one.
James McDonald had his pick of the four and decided to stick with Astern ($7)who sports the number one saddle cloth. He’s a winner of three from four, although his third win – in the G3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) – was a dead-heat alongside El Divino (who also lines up here). Before that he was a 7L eleventh in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).
Brenton Avdulla is fast becoming Godolphin’s ‘second-pick’ jockey and he’s aboard Impending ($4.80) in the Run to the Rose. Well-supported in Golden Rose markets, Impending is one win from two starts – his most recent run a third in the Group 3 Ken Russell on the Gold Coast when an odds-on favourite. Telperion ($14) resumes after a fourth in the Slipper and second in the Group 1 Sires Produce (1400m) after that, with Jason Collett booked to ride while Tessera ($41) is two from three and gets Kathy O’Hara in the saddle.
Star Turn ($3.90) is one of four runners in the Run to the Rose who has already raced this preparation, and that run was a strong victory in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) two weeks back. He was heavily backed on that occasion when beating Capitalist – who didn’t run a place – and since then he’s been at the top of Golden Rose futures betting.
El Divino ($5.50) has won a Gosford maiden and dead-heated in a Group 3 in his two career starts, and he received some early pre-post support for Saturday when markets opened. Good Standing ($16) lines up for James Cummings who won this race two years ago with Hallowed Crown (who also went on to win the Golden Rose) while Team Snowden saddle up Mediterranean ($5.50) who was second to Thronum last start.
In the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m), John O’Shea and Chris Waller dominate the betting. Godolphin’s Allergic ($3.30) has been installed the favourite after winning the Premier’s Cup Prelude (1800m) a fortnight ago, and comes into this third-up where he has a win and a minor from three third-up starts. Stablemate Magic Hurricane ($11) showed somewhat of a return to form first-up and should improve with that run under his belt plus he’s out to a more suitable distance too.
Chris Waller’s Loophole ($7.50) was second to Allergic at his last start while stablemate Sacred Master ($8.50) is having his third Australian start – his previous two, both eighth of ten. Junoob ($16) is Waller’s third runner and comes into this off two minor placings, most recently a third in the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury.
Kris Lees’ Singing ($4) is well in the market for the Premier’s Cup and was supported as soon as markets opened. In fact, he is second favourite in what is his second Aussie start – his first ending in a 0.1L second to Song and Laughter in a BM93 at Canterbury on a heavy track. (Loophole was third on that occasion).
Earlier in the day and Race 3 might only be a BM70 over 1400m for three-year-olds but there’s a couple of horses that could be watches for the future. Evacuation ($2.25) was a strong Kembla maiden winner last prep and has some solid ‘trial form’ both this time and last. Swear ($6) is a winner at his only start during Hawkesbury’s standalone Saturday meeting during the autumn while Hugh Bowman jumps on Cocoexcel ($4.60), one of three runners for Chris Waller.
Betting: Saturday could very much be a watch and learn day. Watch the weather on the day, monitor track conditions and any patterns that develop plus be wary of first-up horses on a heavy track. And if you like something in the Run to the Rose, take them in Golden Rose betting now to (hopefully) secure a better price.
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