Rosehill Gardens may have been in the shadows of Derby Day at Flemington on Saturday but there were still a number of outstanding performances across the meeting.
Roheryn, Newsfan and Cradle Mountain all look destined for black type races on the strength of their respective wins.
Godolphin colt Roheryn spaced his rivals, winning by the biggest margin of the day, a widening four lengths. That was courtesy of a booming last 600m of 33.48s. Impressive enough in isolation but in the context of his four rivals, it was 5.5L quicker than the next best in the race (Ronstar 34.33s).
The race turned into a 400m dash home and Roheryn’s last 200m alone (11.34s) was 2.5L superior to the next best. James McDonald said this Lonhro colt was "special" after he won at Warwick Farm on debut and the hoop looks to be right. Roheryn could have a role to play in the autumn.
Newsfan reeled off the fastest closing splits of the day at Rosehill, clocking a lightning 32.88s for her last 600m. That was 3.5L faster than the next best. The lightly-raced Kim Waugh-trained mare ran 10.77s for her 400-200m before also breaking 11s home her last 200m (10.99s).
Newsfan won by 1.8L despite the leaders dictating the race, and filling the placings. This was a big win. The overall time of the race was 2.5L slower than Cradle Mountain but they went 6L slower the first 600m here. It was win number four for Josh Parr on the day!
On Cradle Mountain, the budding star sprinter resumed from a serious hamstring injury on Saturday but you wouldn’t have known with Clare Cunningham doing an exceptional job to nurse the five-year-old back to full health.
This horse has run time all throughout his career, and makes it look easy. He ran 35.85s for his first 600m before slipping home in 33.70s his last 600m. He looked under siege at the 300m but found again to win going away. His 400-200m was 11.02s and last 200m 11.51s. He clocked 1.09.63s for the 1200m.
Here is a comparison of the lead times for the first 600m across the four 1200m races on the day.
BRAZILICA (R2 - 3YO BM76 HANDICAP) 36.45
ROCK THE WORLD (R3 - 3YO+ CLASS 3 HANDICAP) 37.08
HUSSTERICAL (R7 - 3YO+ F&M BM88 HANDICAP) 36.81
CRADLE MOUNTAIN (R8- 3YO+ C,G&E BM88 HANDICAP) 35.85
A couple of less obvious runners to keep an eye on next time they appear are Jonah, from the two-year-old race, and Monsieur Sisu having finished fourth first up behind Schubert.
Jonah ran 11.30s for his 400-200m sectional on debut for the Snowden yard behind Time To Reign before peaking on his run at the finish.
Monsieur Sisu was brave to finish as close as he did after running his first 500m in 30.22s. That was only a length slower than Time To Reign’s first 500m in a race 200m shorter than Monsieur Sisu’s.
Special mention to Organza from that race too. She can count herself unlucky not to have won after being blocked at the 400m but once clear she ran her last 200m in 11.37s, a length faster than the winner Schubert.
Punters should also throw Monsieur Bronx into their blackbooks after the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained debutant ran second at Newcastle on debut, despite being carved up in front by the race outsider (his first 600m was run in 35.82s).
Fastest last 600m: Newsfan 32.88s
Most ground covered (to win): Cosmologist +8.8m
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