By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Wednesday’s Rosehill meeting. Selections based on a soft track.
|Race 1 – 1:25PM HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP (1200 METRES)|
9. Rock My Wand has the form on the board to say she’s close to a win and so long as one of the first starters isn’t exceptional she has a good chance. She was game last time in a sit and sprint, clearing out from the rest as she chased the winner and ran the fastest last 200m of 11.88 (Punter's Intelligence). Go well.
Dangers: 12. Selburose is a very well bred filly also on debut and she’s trialled up quite well. No guide the synthetic trial win but she wasn’t overly pushed running second on a heavy track at Rosehill a couple of weeks ago. Respect. 4. El Buena didn’t win by a margin in his only trial but he was attacked from all angles and held them comfortably. Can only be improved for that and no surprise to see him show up. 1. Gundy Bridge raced on the pace and was only run down in the last 100m or so on debut at Gosford and is sure to be better for it. Expect he'll be handy from an inside gate and can give a good sight.
How to play it: Rock My Wand E/W ($4.80 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Rock My Wand runs second at Kensington on March 18
|Race 2 – 2.00PM IRON JACK PLATE (1300 METRES)|
2. Blueant was huge on debut at Kensington two weeks ago, sitting wide throughout and still hitting the line to narrowly miss second. Fitter and while drawn out again if he can find a spot with a bit of potential early speed on paper he should go close.
Dangers: 10. Duenna was no doubt unlucky in the same race, held up badly before rushing home when she got out late. Was she unluckier than Blueant? She has drawn a lot better than him again and should get a nice run so she is a logical danger. 1. Battleground arguably beat himself when he resumed at Warwick Farm where he refused to settle before leading and being run down late. Winkers replace blinkers here, he’s yet to strike a wet track in a race but he has shown plenty of ability and is more than capable of winning if he can put it together. 12. Thinking Cap was a sneakily nice run on debut in the same race as Blueant and Duenna, she darted up along the fence late to run fifth. If barrier one is a plus then she could easily back that effort up and get into the finish.
How to play it: Blueant E/W ($8.00 TAB Fixed Odds); Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Blueant runs third at Kensington on March 18
|Race 3 – 2:35PM TAB HANDICAP (1500 METRES)|
6. Mocambo did more than enough first-up in a strong Class 2 at Kembla to say he’s come back well and can be very competitive. Had some support there and made good ground behind Electric Girl, who then won a Provincial Qualifier. If they can make ground he’s a good chance.
Dangers: 10. All Time Legend was too strong from on the pace at Kemabla winning a maiden then had plenty of traffic issues when fourth to Zebrowski, which is pretty good form. Back to the trials last week and did it well and expect he’ll be ridden forward from the gates to take some bad luck out of it. Go well. 3. Come Along has been around the mark without winning at his past four in town. He might appreciate coming back in trip and if he runs up to his efforts at 1400m and 1550m of late he’s an each-way chance. 1. Agassi does tend to excel on wet tracks and he wasn’t disgraced behind Grand Piano two weeks ago in a race that changed complexion quickly in the straight. Can use barrier one and his best is good enough to give him a shot.
How to play it: Mocambo E/W ($7.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Mocambo’s first-up run at Kembla Grange on March 13
|Race 4 – 3:10PM SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP (1500 METRES)|
5. Icebath was quite dominant winning her first two runs this prep then measured up to some top class fillies beaten under a length in the Kembla Classic, and that form has stood up. Drawn to be prominent and only has to hold her form to give it a shake.
Dangers: 7. Foxborough finally broke through first-up at Canberra then not disgraced in the Guineas there earlier this month. Has always shown talent and is sure to be running on strongly. 4. Got Your Six tried hard at Warwick Farm two runs back then always looked in control from just off the pace scoring easily at Muswellbrook in a feature mares race. Another who will be handy and should run well. 10. Seles is one of those consistent mares that is always around the mark as she’s been in her past three starts. Finding it that little bit hard to win but she’s one you’d rather include than dismiss.
How to play it: Icebath E/W ($3.80 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Icebath runs sixth at Kembla Grange on March 13
|Race 5 – 3:45PM VINERY STALLIONS HANDICAP (1800 METRES)|
9. On The White Turf has the hoof right on the till and this looks a nice race for her if she can get the breaks in the run. Beat Two Big Fari at 1200m first-up and two subsequent runs have been excellent. Trip suits and she should be a major player.
Dangers: 13. Welsh Legend is the winner of only one race but she is going well having bumped into some pretty smart company at times. Battled on well in the same race as Humbolt Current to finish just ahead of him and has barrier one here. Chance but given her strike rate each-way best. 5. Cyber Intervention gets the blinkers on after a couple of fair efforts since an excellent first-up win. He's more than capable of turning it around. 7. Yonkers was a little disappointing when fourth as favourite here on March 14 but was only beaten a length so it wasn't a flop. Could easily bounce back.
How to play it: On The White Turf E/W ($5.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
On The White Turf runs third at Warwick Farm on March 11
|Race 6 – 4:20PM ASTERN @ INGLIS EASTER HANDICAP (1300 METRES)|
11. Tricky Gal is very hard to fault with four wins and two seconds from six starts and she’s trialling so well for her first-up assignment here. Handles all conditions, hopefully the inside draw is a plus and can’t see how she won’t run well fresh. Read trainer Matthew Smith's comments here.
Dangers: 12. Knickpoint is a bit hit and miss. Dominant two starts back and beaten favourite on wet tracks either side so even though he is a heavy track winner that has to be some concern. Can’t leave out but take him on trust. 5. True Detective was excellent on a heavy track in the Inglis Sprint but failed badly in the Fireball a few weeks back. Down in class here and has trialled okay so he’s entitled to another chance. 4. Segalas is a very good wet tracker who won first-up then ambushed when looking the winner at Warwick Farm. The 1300m is okay for her and she's one of the chances.
How to play it: Tricky Gal E/W ($7.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Tricky Gal runs third in a Hawkesbury trial on March 23
|Race 7 – 4:55PM AUTISM COMMUNITY NETWORK HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
18. Jazette is an interesting runner first-up for the Anthony Cummings stable. Plenty to like about her trial, where she went with Anaheed before running second, and while she’s raced in lesser company she hasn’t done a lot wrong. Each-way claims fresh.
Dangers: 5. Witherspoon is speedy and probably leads from the inside alley. Gave a big sight last time over the 1100m when run down by Grand Piano who has since won again. Sure to give a big sight as usual. 7. Cardiff is another fast customer and he’s resuming as a gelding with a runaway trial win in a small field to his name. Obviously outclassed before a spell in Group 1 company but at this level has to be considered. 17. Estrado hit the line quite well when resuming from a break at this trip two weeks ago. She’ll get back but has shown she’s capable in this grade and is worth including in the multiples.
How to play it: Jazette E/W ($7.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Jazette runs second in a Randwick trial on March 12
|Race 8 – 5:30PM RANVET POWER FORMULA HANDICAP (1200 METRES)|
8. Regal Stage is a talented type resuming as a gelding with an unbeaten fresh record and two impressive trial wins to his name. Drawn wide but will go forward and if he can find his best form and a rhythm he’s a live chance.
Dangers: 18. Instant Attraction was narrowly beaten by Military Magic when they met at Canterbury in November. She’s had one run back and fair to say was a little disappointing but fitter and with blinkers on she could bounce back. 6. Beach Baby was well supported to win first-up at Goulburn for the Pride stable and is worth keeping safe. She will roll forward from wide out and she could measure up. 1. Jetski finished well to score first-up at Kembla Grange and is generally a consistent performer. Has a heavy track placing so goes in the mix.
How to play it: Regal Stage E/W ($14 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Regal Stage wins a trial at Gosford on March 20