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Results since 1 January 2018 (based on $5 each-way): -$61.80

Our last 10 Form line (where our tips have finished): 469833342183

Rosehill Gardens is rated a Soft 6 (as of Thursday afternoon) and with fine weather forecast there is some chance of an upgrade. The rail is in the True with the first to jump at 11:25am local time.

This week’s selections: BG

Saturday 2 June – ROSEHILL (SOFT 6)

RONSTAR (Race 1) There is a strong case to be made that Irish Bet can turn the tables on Ronstar (blinkers going on, the small weight swing and fitter for the first up run), however, Ronstar is a born winner. He has won both of his starts to date and simply refused to lose on both occasions. In his latest it looked as if Irish Bet had him cold but he kicked back, and if anything, was going away again on the line. Gary Portelli flagged his intentions to get rolling as they turn for home on the Zoustar gelding and again he’ll be hard to peg back. $3.50 with TAB Fixed Odds.

Ronstar gets the thumbs up from Winona Costin (Pic: Steve Hart)

LA CHICA BELLA (Race 4) This four-year-old mare will not find a more suitable race to notch up win number four in her career. She has been around the mark without winning this preparation but no excuses now fourth up out to 1500m. Two campaigns ago she was very impressive fourth up off a similar lead up. Last start she was cluttered up from the inside draw and wasn’t able to dictate, which is how she races best. That won’t be a worry here with the wide draw suiting her style. Two runs back she ran second to I Am Serious. This is her race to lose. $3.50 TAB Fixed Odds.

BEST Guess (Race 8) Best Guess is an underrated galloper. The four-year-old has won four from 10 and when resuming last time in, ran second to Group-winning mare White Moss at Canterbury. Two back at Rosehill he bolted in, having dictatced from the front. He won't get the opportunity here with a stack of speed engaged in the race but it'll give Kerrin McEvoy the chance to slot in behind them and get the last crack. He has looked great in his two trials and McEvoy sticks here having ridden him in both of them. He has raced over the 1100m on six occasions for two wins and three placings and although he has proved that he doesn't fancy heavy tracks he is undefeated in two outings on soft ground.

MANOLO BLAHNIQ (Race 9) Yes, I know this he has won just two from his 19 starts, and only one in Australia since being transferred from NZ, but this is one of the most suitable races he has found himself in. He was heavily backed first up at Rosehill but ultimately found the 1100m too sharp behind Albumin. He was only three lengths away at the finish though, doing his best work late. Out to 1300m and in an easier race than last time, you’re getting better odds. Now take a deep breath and snap up the $4.40 with TAB Fixed Odds because I suspect he’ll start shorter.

Saturday 16 June – KEMBLA GRANGE (SOFT 7)

BOBBING (Race 4) Hawkesbury-based trainer Bernie Kelly only has a couple of horses under his care but it looks as though he’s got a very handy one in Bobbing. The four-year-old has really caught the eye in his two outings to date, the first of those back in May of last year before reappearing at Goulburn a year later. He was luckless on that occasion after being flattened half way down the straight. He still picked himself up to run home into fifth. Has never been beyond 1000m but everything he has done to date suggests he’ll love the extra trip. Mitchell Bell rode him that day and sticks with the horse here.

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