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What You Missed - Civic Stakes Day

By Brad Gray
At Rosehill Gardens

Bott's Golden Contenders Not Far Away
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have two Golden Rose contenders that have so far slipped under the radar, and Bott is happy for it to stay that way with the both colts.

Trainer Adrian Bott. (Pic: Bradley Photos)

Dawn Passage was brilliant winning on debut before running third to Castelvecchio in the Inglis Millennium when starting favourite. Bellevue Hill, meanwhile, couldn't back up his dominant Baillieu win in the G1 Sires Produce when hard in the market.

"They are both excellent," said Bott after Call Me Royal had just led all the way at Rosehill.

"Dawn Passage will come in a little bit earlier and you'll see him at the trials in two weeks. He is ready to roll. Bellevue Hill is probably about a fortnight behind him, but both are on a Golden Rose path."

Dawn Passage and Bellevue Hill are both priced at $26 with TAB for the Golden Rose to be run on the 28th of September.

Pop The Kettle On For The Two Milers
The official last 600m for the Stayer's Cup was 40.93s so it was certainly hard work out there. How did winning rider Glyn Schofield describe that last 200 metres?

"It was like watching a kettle boil, it just took forever."

Azuro, according to Punters Intelligence, ran his last 600m in 39.58s to hold off the late surge of Doukhan.

"It was a strong win, he did a few things wrong last start when he over raced in the blinkers. The important thing today was to settle him so he runs the trip comfortably," said Schofield.

"When Social Element started skipping away it was imperative I got him to the outside into clear room. He has a short dash this horse and when I was exposed at the 200m I was hoping I had enough in the tank."

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace's Sydney rep Annabel Neasham suggested the OTI-owned galloper will stay in Sydney for the winter given his liking for wet tracks.

Same Old New Universe
New Universe was heavily supported to start $4 favourite in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) but never looked likely having settled last.

He worked home to finish sixth with Punters Intelligence revealing a last 600m of 35.28s, which was bettered by the winner Gaulois, clocking 35.18s.

Jockey Tommy Berry was left as mystified as punters after the race, quipping "He might be better on dry tracks, I don't know..."

Gaulois is yet another testament to the placement of horses from the Godolphin operation.

"He handles these tracks really well and it's the best I've had one travel through the ground all day, which makes a big difference when they can do that," said winning jockey Rachel King.

The horse to follow from the race is Seaway. He was trapped three wide with no cover, and friendless in the market, but didn't shirk his task to run fifth.

Prince Running To The Rose
Anthony Cummings is literally counting down the days until Prince Fawaz returns to his stable and confirmed that we'll see the rising three-year-old first up in the Run To The Rose (1200m) on September 7.

Prince Fawaz (Pic: Steve Hart)

It'll then be onto the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas. What happens from there will depend on his form.

Meanwhile, Cummings has earmarked the Golden Eagle for Vegadaze and hasn't ruled out the biggest Sydney spring carrot of all.

"He'll be ready early. If he takes the step off what he did last time, because it was all in his first preparation, he might force his way into The Everest. Baller is in the same boat too. It's a matter which one takes that bigger step," he said.

Star filly Libertini will tackle the Princess Series while Sky Boy is still recovering from a bowed tendon but the early signs are positive.

Check out the results and replays for Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

 

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