By Rod Fuller
After breaking her maiden status at Dubbo in February, Rosesay looks set to provide the testing material for prominent Scone trainer, Brett Cavanough, in the final event on Saturday’s race meeting at Port Macquarie.
With the stable electing to preference the local program ahead of a recent Narromine card, there are plenty of positives around the daughter of Rothsay following a narrow placing earlier this month at Scone when beaten a neck by Oakfield Geronimo.
It might be wise to forgive the mare’s most recent performance at Scone when a tiring ninth in the Class 2 event over 1400 metres won by Cool and Neat after being well positioned early before experiencing a checkered run down the straight.
With the benefit of the more suitable distance of 1200 metres in Saturday’s assignment, Rosesay looks set to add to Brett Cavenough’s imposing season statistics of 38 wins and 59 minor placings.
Obvious dangers look to be the Nathan Doyle-trained filly, Delchuzy, who won a similar race at Tamworth prior to her last start effort when finishing down the track in the event won by Red Current while Nashian tried hard in last weeks fifth at the Port track behind the impressive, Rosaria Caterina.
It could be a fruitful day for the Cavenough stable with Femtometre well placed in the opening event following a last start victory at Tuncurry on heavy ground resulting from a downpour.
With a Gilgandra maiden victory under her belt, the Excelerbration mare should continue to provide a profitable return for the sizeable group of owners under the Dynamic Syndicated banner.
The most interesting stable runner on the program is Tomatin, who makes her debut run in race two after being bought by Dynamic Syndications and Gai Waterhouse for just over $100,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in 2017.
The Smart Missile gelding hasn’t been sighted on the track after barrier trial performances late last year and punters would be wise to follow the money trail as Ben Looker has been engaged for the ride.
Terry Evans rarely makes the trip from his Tuncurry headquarters without tasting success and the stable has a strong chance in the Class 1 with Call the Game.
The Dubleo gelding broke his maiden status at the Port circuit in January and should handle the more favourable track conditions on offer in comparison to the heavy ground faced on his home track when resuming from a spell.
There will be plenty of owners cheering Call the Game to success on the weekend, including prominent sporting commentator, Andrew Voss and the below Average Punters Club.
Other chances on the card include Ah You with Me, who is looking to improve on a sound second at Taree two weeks ago while Red Lily provides leading trainer, Kris Lees, with a live chance in the middle of the program.
With a positive weather forecast approaching Saturday’s race meeting, the track looks set to provide a genuine surface with all the quality facility of the Ivan Livermore Grandstand and surrounds in full operation.
Full TAB and Sky Racing coverage will be available on the local program with trackside punters able to follow all the action on Tancred Stakes Day at Rosehill together with other meetings around the country.
Port Macquarie Race Club would like to acknowledge the assistance of Growers Market, McGrath Estate Agents, Hastings Fresh Meats, Greg Keft Electrical, Woodbridge Glass and Bevan Ellem in the staging of the program. First race on a six-event program commences at 2.06pm.
Race 1 (Growers Market BM 58 Hcp, 1512m): 5 Femtometre, 2 African Guy, 4 Victory in Paris
Race 2 (McGrath Estate Agents CG&E Maiden Plate, 1108m): 6 Listen Mate, 8 Tomatin, 5 Lightsontheharbour
Race 3 (Hastings Fresh Meats F&M Maiden Plate, 1108m): 1 Ah You With Me, 7 Moonwinkle, 8 Our Eppy
Race 4 (Greg Keft Electrical 3yo & Up Class 1 & Maiden Plate, 2018m): 4 Red Lily, 1 Dorreego, 6 Boston Blues
Race 5 (Woodbridge Glass Class 1 Hcp, 1008m): 9 Call the Game, 8 Leiladane, 6 Can’t Catch Her
Race 6 (Bevan Ellem BM 58 Hcp, 1208m): 4 Rosesay, 2 Delchuzy, 6 Nashian