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Brad Gray Everything you need to find the winner in the $200,000 G2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill, from tips, markets, stewards comments, handicapper insights and trainer quotes.

KEY RUNNERS

Music Magnate This looks a perfect launch pad for Music Magnate to attack the autumn with momentum. He has won six of his 13 starts and took out the Group One Doomben 10,000 last campaign, beating Azkaellia. He has tuned up with two very impressive trials and Bjorn Baker is bullish about how well this five-year-old has come back. An impressive win here could set up a meeting with Winx in the Apollo Stakes.

“He is really well. He’s had two good trials and is moving better than ever,” Bjorn Baker said.

Kuro Back with Joe Pride after an uneventful stint with Lee Freedman, this son of Denman is happy to be back in Sydney and displaying the kind of form that made him steal headlines as a two and three-year-old. Forget his Razor Sharp flop as he subsequently proved by bouncing back in the Takeover Target at Gosford that he doesn’t go a yard in the wet. He is rock-hard fit and flying.

Handfast John O’Shea has thrown Handfast into the deep end at weight-for-age to kick off his autumn but it goes to show just how well Godolphin think this four-year-old has returned. Has been an eye-catcher in two trials, hitting the line sweetly on both occasions. He ran a big race fresh last time in, albeit in much easier grade, but he’s one to keep an eye on here.

“He’s a bit out of his grade in this, but he’s going better than he’s ever gone,” said John O’Shea.

HANDICAPPER INSIGHT

“Music Magnate is the clear top benchmarked horse in the race with 109 carrying 58.5kg at WFA conditions. Kuro is next with a benchmark of 105 also carrying 58.5kg, however in a handicap race there would be 2kg between the two runners,” said Racing NSW Senior Handicapper Benn Dunn.

“Attention (3yo with 55kg) has a current benchmark of only 85 which is well under the top two horses but he has only raced as a two-year-old. This benchmark should rise sharply with natural improvement as well as racing against the older, more experienced horses.”

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