Sen­sa­tion is the Star

Con­sis­tent gal­loper to re­turn to win­ning form at Rose­hill Gar­dens

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - WITH TONY THOMAS

RACE 1: MERRY XMAX ATC MEM­BERS HCP (1100M)

OVER­VIEW: Very hard to go past the top­weight in Gongs. Sim­ply left them stand­ing at Can­ter­bury mid­weeks when she raced away for one of the eas­i­est ju­ve­nile wins we’ve seen this sea­son. What was the qual­ity of the run­ners be­hind her? Well, third placeget­ter Per­fect Pitch then came out and won strongly at Rose­hill last week­end. Still only has 2kg over the limit and looks just too good, de­spite a slightly awk­ward draw. Ex­pect a big im­prove­ment from Coun­ter­cur­rent, who looked good on de­but at Queanbeyan be­fore go­ing south and fight­ing on be­hind La Pomme De Pin in the clock­wise race at Bal­larat. She’s got the abil­ity to stretch these.

SPEED MAP: Gongs should cross to take up the run­ning, as she did on de­but. Carn­ina will kick up from the rails as she led in her lat­est trial. Tempo should be OK. DID YOU KNOW: Rea­gan is a grand­son of the Golden Slip­per win­ner Mer­lene. SUG­GESTED BET: Gongs to win. Take 1 as a stand­out in tri­fecta with 2,3,4,6,8 in plac­ings.

RACE 2: #ATTHERACES PLATE (1400M)

OVER­VIEW: This will be a big bat­tle of tac­tics. Reckon Star Sen­sa­tion can cross and lead here. If she gets the cheap sec­tion­als be­fore the turn, she can sprint and hold on. Big threat. It was im­pos­si­ble to miss the run of He­lio­sphere on re­sum­ing when he charged home for third to Pretty Fast. He was a sec­ond-up win­ner over 1600m last cam­paign but that was on a heavy track. He will get back in the small field but I don’t think Ker­rin McEvoy will let the lead­ers get too big a break on him. Will be storm­ing home. Po­etic Charmer is racing in great heart.

Up Trumpz (a lit­tle un­lucky last start) and Sparky Lad (back to 1400m) have sound claims.

SPEED MAP: Star Sen­sa­tion can cross to lead here as she sat on pace when nar­rowly beaten last start and this is de­void of a nat­u­ral leader. Speed could be mod­er­ate.

DID YOU KNOW: He­lio­sphere pro­duced a crack­ing last 200m sec­tional time of 11.20sec last time out, one of the best of the day.

SUG­GESTED BET: Quinella 2,4.

RACE 3: TAB HIGH­WAY HCP (1400M)

OVER­VIEW: I don’t think there will be a lot be­tween Volpe and O’Lordy at the finish. Slight lean­ing to the lat­ter, es­pe­cially at bet­ter odds. She was very good in storm­ing home to win a High­way here two runs back, ad­mit­tedly get­ting all the favours nearer the fence. But then she turned in a gal­lant ef­fort at Goul­burn last-start when trapped wide through­out, very wide on the turn and still run­ning on to be beaten only a length at the finish. Down 2kg here, right at her top and hard to beat. Lot to like about Volpe’s win last start. Would have been a cer­tainty beaten if he hadn’t got the run at the 200m mark and then ex­ploded away here last week. I re­spect the sta­ble’s de­ci­sion to bring Di­vine Uni­corn here.

SPEED MAP: Gi­tan, Ribs, Magic Choir and Call The Cap­tain are likely to push for­ward. Magic Choir can lead from good draw as he found win­ning form lead­ing last start. Volpe and O’Lordy will get back.

DID YOU KNOW: Magic Choir was backed from $5.50 to $3.90 at Scone last start.

SUG­GESTED BET: Quinella 2,3,4.

RACE 4: ATC OWN­ERS BEN­E­FIT CARD HCP (1400M)

OVER­VIEW: Re­ally liked the way Noire hit the line at Can­ter­bury on re­sum­ing. Sat near the tail of the field un­til the home cor­ner and then charged late to win run­ning away. Is up in class here but also up to an even more favourable trip. Has form around the likes of Sava­p­in­ski, Test The World and Slow Burn. That’s good enough to win this. Drawn per­fectly too. There was no fluke in the win of Pos­i­tive Prob­lems here a fort­night ago. Did all the work in front and they just couldn’t run her down. Queen Misty was a lit­tle un­lucky on re­sum­ing at Can­ter­bury.

SPEED MAP: Pos­i­tive Prob­lems will take up the run­ning again. Ex­pect Noire and Miss Bal­lan­tine to sit a lit­tle closer. Pace OK.

DID YOU KNOW: Pos­i­tive Prob­lems (win­ner) and Miss Bal­lan­tine (2nd) were both at $41 last start. SUG­GESTED BET: Noire to win.

RACE 5: NA­TIONAL JOCK­EYS TRUST HCP (2000M)

OVER­VIEW: Im­pavido de­serves one more chance. Forced to take the field up to the tear­away leader last start and he still looked a win­ning hope 200m out be­fore fi­nally the ef­fort told. Still only beaten two lengths. Very hon­est and reckon he will be rid­den more pa­tiently this time and saved for one last crack in the straight. Car­zoff fin­ished third in the same race af­ter com­ing home strongly. Rock-hard fit now. Morn­ing­ton drops in grade. At his top now. SPEED MAP: Lead Chore­og­ra­pher is likely to run to the front but don’t ex­pect the same tear­away tac­tics. DID YOU KNOW: Gam­bler’s Blues has only won three of 31 but has fin­ished sec­ond 12 times. SUG­GESTED BET: Boxed tri­fecta 2,5,6,10.

RACE 6: BEANIE FOR BRAIN CANCER HCP (1400M)

OVER­VIEW: First­hand is racing in great touch and will ap­pre­ci­ate a drop in grade here. Kept chas­ing right to the line when sec­ond to Cabeza De Vaca here three weeks ago. Im­pres­sive win­ning at Rand­wick be­fore that when he toughed it out right to the wire again. The claim helps him here and drawn to get the nice run off the speed. Flow goes up in class but down in weight and was very good last time. All the bet­ter for the ef­fort and drawn to get all the favours.

SPEED MAP: Flow looks like lead­ing by de­fault from the in­side bar­rier. First­hand won’t be away, nor will New Uni­verse, Time To Torque and Voilier. In­vin­z­abeel, Li­a­pari and Savoureux will get back. DID YOU KNOW: Savoureux hasn’t won since Jan­uary 2016. SUG­GESTED BET: First­hand to win.

RACE 7: MARL HUGHES FOUN­DA­TION HCP (1100M)

OVER­VIEW: Pretty keen on Guard Of Hon­our. Al­ways had a stack of abil­ity and ready to show it this prepa­ra­tion. Only beaten a length by Tac­ti­cal Ad­van­tage first-up last cam­paign and was nar­rowly beaten by Man From Un­cle in G3 grade at Rand­wick. Has tri­alled bril­liantly for his re­turn and will give this a big shake. Sin­gle

Bul­let is an above-average three-year-old tak­ing on the older horses but will rel­ish the drop in weight, es­pe­cially af­ter the claim.

SPEED MAP: Prince­fa­mous will go for­ward, as will Test The World, Sin­gle Bul­let and Bon Amis. Speed gen­uine. DID YOU KNOW: Guard Of Hon­our broke 33sec for his last 600m in a trial at Beau­mont. SUG­GESTED BET: 8 to win, saver on 12.

RACE 8: ATC MEM­BER­SHIP HCP (1200M)

OVER­VIEW: Thought the ef­fort of Pipe­line firstup was very good. The race de­vel­oped into a sprint home and he was still able to make up ground on the win­ner af­ter be­ing slowly away. Slight con­cern that he stays at 1200m sec­ond-up but looks to be enough speed on to see him storm­ing home again. Brave Song is a very smart three-year-old who tri­alled well at Rand­wick for his re­turn here. . SPEED MAP: The Hip­ster likely to roll to the front. Star Re­flec­tion will go for­ward and Bal­main Boy will kick up from good draw. DID YOU KNOW: Waitaad­watch has won five of seven on good ground. SUG­GESTED BET: 9 to win, save on 15.

RACE 9: TAB.COM.AU HCP (1500M)

OVER­VIEW: Pre­pared to gam­ble on In­victa. Got to the cen­tre of the track and ran on strongly to win on the post at Cess­nock last start. Warwick Farm win­ner beat­ing Forten­sky when last in work. Right at his top and dis­tance suits. King Darci should get a lit­tle give in the ground to­mor­row, which will help his chances. SPEED MAP: Car­luca likely to take up the run­ning from in­side draw. King Darci will be handy and In­victa will get back. DID YOU KNOW: King Darci has had six tries on his home track for only two plac­ings. SUG­GESTED BET: Boxed tri­fecta 1,5,7,13.

O'Lordy will be hard to beat to­mor­row.

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