Some of Australia’s best three-year-olds on a path to a crucial Sydney Spring Group 1 and the return of a leading The TAB Everest chance are part of another big black type card at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
Just a week from the official start of the Everest Carnival, the Group 2 $200,000 Sydney Markets Run To The Rose has attracted a high-quality field as a key lead-in to the Group 1 $1 million De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose on 28 September.
Exceedance for Hawkes Racing and gun jockey Tommy Berry is the warm $2.20 TAB fixed odds favourite to further strengthen his market hold on the De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose.
His opponents on Saturday include Godolphin’s Bivoauc (jockey Josh Parr at $4.20), Chris Waller’s pair Yes Yes Yes (Nash Rawiller $5.50) and Kubrick (James McDonald $11), Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Dawn Passage (Tim Clark $6.50) and the return of Prince Fawaz for trainer Anthony Cummings and jockey Kerrin McEvoy at $16.
The six colts are also all at the top of TAB betting for the De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose, one of Australia’s leading stallion-making races.
Another top-class three-year-old colt high in De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose betting, the Richard Litt, Warwick Farm-trained Castelvecchio, resumes this Saturday in the Listed $150,000 Dulcify Quality.
The $2.80 favourite, to be ridden by Jay Ford, last start won the Group 1 Moët and Chandon Champagne Stakes during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The TAB Everest runner Arcadia Queen also makes her highly anticipated Sydney debut in the Group 2 $200,000 Tooheys 150th Birthday Theo Marks Stakes.
The Chris Waller-trained mare is a $1.85 favourite (in from $2.25) on Saturday in a strong field ahead of two up-and-coming stars in Trope (Hawkes Racing and Tommy Berry) at $5.50 and Baller (Anthony Cummings and Glen Boss) $7.50.
The Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Sheraco Stakes adds further strength to the big nine-race card.
Champagne Cuddles ($3.80) for an in-form Bjorn Baker stable and ridden by Brenton Avdulla, Fasika ($5) for Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride and Kerrin McEvoy and Mizzy ($5) for Anthony Cummings and Tommy Berry head a strong betting race.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager of Racing Services, James Heddo, said Saturday’s strong Rosehill Gardens meeting would lead to two more huge days at the popular Western Sydney venue.
“Saturday’s racing is a fantastic prelude to the Everest Carnival and a huge Sydney Spring in coming months,” Mr Heddo said.
“After Saturday we will head toward two of Rosehill Gardens’ major events in De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Day on 28 September and the inaugural running of the $7.5 million Golden Eagle on 2 November.”
The Rosehill Gardens track was rated a Good 4 on Thursday morning with fine, warm weather forecast to continue right through Saturday.
A track report recorded on Thursday morning with Rosehill Gardens Racecourse Manager Shaun Patterson can be viewed here:
Gates at Rosehill Gardens for general admission customers open at 11am this Saturday, with the first race due to start at 12.10pm.
Rosehill Gardens offers free parking and free high capacity WiFi across the racecourse. For all ticketing, racing and general information go to theraces.com.au