Astern plucks Golden Rose from ri­vals

The Sportsman Midweek - - The Trackwork Winners - By NICK HEATH­COTE From BET­FAIR

ASTERN was scin­til­lat­ing in his Golden Rose vic­tory and as in­trigu­ing as the race was the bet­ting fluc­tu­a­tions over the fi­nal 48 hours were equally as mes­meris­ing.

Astern opened $4.50 af­ter fi­nal fields were an­nounced.

He drifted to a high of $5.50 be­fore an avalanche of sup­port for the colt in the fi­nal two hours of bet­ting that saw his BSP close at $3.30. He was the third best backed run­ner in Syd­ney by vol­ume on Sun­day be­hind An­to­nio Giuseppe and Al­ler­gic.

Astern ac­counted for 31% of vol­ume traded on the Golden Rose and de­spite the big move for the David Vandyke trained Yan­kee Rose $11.50 into $6.44.

Omei Sword, $4.00 to $5.51, ac­counted for the next high­est vol­ume of 30%, with Yan­kee only 13.5%.

It was a big run first up from Yan­kee Rose against the race pro­file, she de­serves max­i­mum re­spect at her next two starts and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see which way they go with her.

Mack­in­tosh stamped him­self as an Ep­som con­tender af­ter a tough win in the Theo Marks Stakes. He looks bet­ter suited to the mile com­pared 2000m or be­yond.

He traded at a high of $17 to close on the fourth line of bet­ting BSP of $9.65. He ac­counted for only 7% of vol­ume, while beaten favourite South­ern Leg­end $3.75 into $2.90 was heav­ily backed ac­count­ing for 40%.

Black Heart Bart $2.98 to $2.16 was the high­est traded run­ner Aus­tralia wide on Satur­day.

Pun­ters have not missed him at each of his last three starts.

They would have been con­fi­dent In-Play as he traded as short $1.50 be­fore be­ing over­hauled by Palentino who has now stamped him­self as a gen­uine weight-for-age star and a Flem­ing­ton spe­cial­ist.

Black Heart Bart ac­counted for 67% of pre play vol­ume and 58% In-Play while sta­ble­mate Palentino drifted from $6.80 to $10 ac­count­ing for only 8% of vol­ume.

Ear­lier on the pro­gram Sara­cino proved his class in Dane­hill Stakes to hold out the Godol­phin run­ner Ar­chives who looks a pro­gres­sive colt.

Sara­cino, $7.80 to $6.80, ac­counted for 11% of vol­ume. De­f­con dis­ap­pointed as BSP favourite $3.21. It was a sur­prise to see the vol­ume (38%) for him given he had drawn bar­rier one and the out­side rail was clearly an ad­van­tage.

Pun­ters had wis­ened up by the next race. Win­ner of Bobby Lewis, Faati­nah, drawn bar­rier eight, short­ened from $11.50 to $5.86 ac­count­ing for 20% of vol­ume.

Re­gan Bayliss used the out­side to full ad­van­tage and made short work of his op­po­si­tion. Both rider and horse have a bright fu­ture.

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