By Brad Gray
At Rosehill Gardens
Jocks On Beaten Favourites
Race 1, Jason Collett (Rotator): "Her racing manners still aren't great, she over races and got left flatfooted when they sprinted."
Race 2, Robbie Dolan (Galapagos): "He was disappointing. He didn't travel like he did last start, he might need a little freshen."
Race 3, Jason Collett (Asterius): " It was a great run and hit the line well but there was just a lack of tempo."
Race 8, Tommy Berry (Sylvia's Mother): "I thought I was the winner when I first got the gap, she sprinted well but she wasn't overly happy on that winter ground, it is very chopped up now. I still think she ran well."
Right Time For 'Big Hunk'
If races were run and won on mounting yard looks, Passage Of Time would be near undefeated. The five-year-old turned heads again at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday prior to proving once more he has the ability to match his appearance.
"He is a bit of a supermodel, a big hunk of a guy and the sort you want on your team," said trainer Joe Pride.
"It's good this time of year (for him), you can be a pretty dominant horse at this time of the season.
"He is very uncomplicated, you can lead on him, sit just off them, wet track, dry track, and when they can do all of those things opportunities open up for them and we've seen that this preparation with three wins."
Jockey Sam Clipperton got complete control in front with Punters Intelligence highlighting a first 700m split of 44.16s, about 11 lengths slower than average for a 1300m race at Rosehill, before dashing home his last 600m in 34.14s. Runner up Asterius clocked 33.74s.
Expect to see Passage Of Time back at Rosehill in a fortnight to run in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m).
Doubt we’ll see a better looking horse at @rosehillgardens.
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) June 15, 2019
Another Day, Another Cup For Destiny's Kiss
The rising 11-year-old turned back the clock in taking out the Listed Winter Cup (2400m), a race he last won in 2013.
It was understandably a very special win to an elated Joe Pride.
"He was gone 600 out and just the way he finds something under pressure...", gushed Pride.
"It was a good field today, I got a bit scared watching them parade thinking this is a lot different to what we were facing two or three years ago in Sydney staying race. They are big, strong imported horses but the little Aussie battler got them."
Pride has no doubt the veteran stayer will be back for a sixth crack at the race in a year's time either.
"He'll be here for sure," he said, "He is a long way from being retired this horse, I've said to a lot of people this week there are two and three-year-olds in my stable much closer to retirement than him."
Funstar To Run At Randwick
We'll get another look at highly promising youngster Funstar next Saturday.
Chris Waller confirmed the two-year-old will line up at Randwick over 1200m. The half sister to Youngstar was brilliant in putting older rivals away at Canterbury on debut.
"I would have liked to have run over 1400m and went searching for a race but didn't find it," Waller said.
"It's easy to put raps on horses but she is very good."
Funstar was paired with classy stablemate Egg Tart in her work this morning, with the latter being set for a fresh up tilt at the G1 Tiara.