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The Sportsman Weekend - - Detailed For Mguide For Rosehill - with Shayne O’Cass

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.


GET in early, beat the rush. That’s my plan here with ‘Best Bet’ 6. LEO -

GANG (N/R) to hope­fully build a bank for what is a dead­set punter’s dream (or night­mare!) card to­mor­row. So much value, so many chances. Yip­pie. Leogang is a Lonhro geld­ing out of Magic Night win­ner Down­hill Racer. He tri­alled so well ahead of this that I had to tag him as the best in the race and even the best on day. Lovely type – all Lonhro! Speaking of lovely types and Lonhro - es­que horses. 5. IPSO FACTO (N/R) is by Lonhro’s cham­pion son Pierro and a hel­luva good looker him­self. He’s also got race ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s very good ex­pe­ri­ence. In 3 starts he fin­ished 3rd on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions to Tea­spoon and Ser­ena Bay. Tri­alling huge – in fact he beat a de­but win­ner then was a close nose sec­ond to a de­but win­ner in his two prepara­tory heats. It’s one or the other for me – best of the rest, 2. MADAME MOUS -

TACHE (N/R) who won the Vic­tory Vein and is tri­alling rather well.


HIGH­WAY time and 2. AT­LANTIC

SEN­TINEL (58) ar­rives at Rose­hill fourth-up into the cur­rent cam­paign and off a solid and clos­ing 4th beaten 1.8-lens in Rand­wick High­way on April 15. The son of Rock of Gi­bral­tar has run a few High­ways be­fore that, the best of which was that very close 2nd to Qu­a­tronic in a 1200m Rose­hill one. Fair to say, if he runs up to that – he wins this time. 10. O’LORDY (52) landed some de­cent bets when she won first-up at Goul­burn last Fri­day in a 1300m maiden. Bar one run be­fore the spell, the daugh­ter of O’Lonhro has been pretty good as a mat­ter of fact through­out her short­ish ca­reer. She’s from the Danny Wil­liams camp and he’s one of hand­ful of trainer’s that are des­ig­nated ‘ High­way­men’, is to say he knows what it takes to win one, or two, or three. 8.

LU­NAR DUCHESS (57) is from the Brett Ca­vanough sta­bles and was beaten nar­rowly one day at HQ in a deep High­way won by Fif­teen Sun­flow­ers. Ready to peak on Satur­day.


I HAVE long been a fan of the Bryce Heys trained 8. TRAVANCORE (65). This 3YO was f ar from dis­graced when 2.2-lens 7th of 11 in the Listed South Pa­cific at Rand­wick dur­ing The Cham­pi­onships so no won­der he was $1.60 at Can­berra 13 days later in a C1. The guide says he only won by 0.6-lens but fair dinkum, was so un­lucky even in vic­tory. Had not been held up and al­most stopped in his tracks, he would have swept past them and won by 1.5-lens or 2-lens or more. Bar­rier 9 is ideal – Mitchell Bell will only have one in­struc­tion from Bryce, get to the out­side and let rip.

2. BLACK ON GOLD (74) was very un­lucky too last start only sadly for him, he was locked out of the race and came in 6th. It was a to­tal ut­ter for­give; let’s go on his dom­i­nant win first-up when he given the 10/10 ride by Jeff Penza. The 1800m looks ideal now. 3. OK­LA­HOMA GIRL (76) was scratched from the Gold Coast to run here and she’s a ma­jor player.

7. TOP OF THE RANGE (67) has raced three times, won the only two this prep down south and we all know Mike Moroney knows how to travel ‘em. I sus­pect this one’s on the way up to Bris­bane for the car­ni­val.


BEEN wait­ing for this Waller NZ re - cruit 8. NEW UNI­VERSE (67) to step out in Aus­tralia after see­ing him trial at Rose­hill back on Feb 27. He ran 7th of 8 the 900m heat but I thought it was a re­ally good ef­fort, a some­what typ­i­cal Waller trial. I can’t say why he’s been off the scene since then, I am throw­ing out there that maybe he is so good that they wanted to get him go­ing in time for Bris­bane? Hard to say but he’s a nice horse on what he did back home. Bad draw (14) but Tommy Berry won Golden Slip­per from 16. This is a ter­ri­bly deep race to make his Aussie de­but in with a host of other chances. Chief among them is one of the best look­ers go­ing around right now in 12. PAS­SAGE OF

TIME (65). He is a very, very power- ful built ch­est­nut with heaps of white splashed on his mus­cu­lar frame. He was $9 into $7 when he made an au­thor­i­ta­tive win­ning start to his ca­reer at Kem­bla then was 0.8-lens (clos­ing) 2nd to White Moss (WF easy win­ner Wed­nes­day) next time at Wy­ong. The Joe P ride trained 9. KIT­TEAU (66) hasn’t done a thing wrong in his 3 starts, I reckon with a bit of luck he might be un­beaten go­ing into this. No knock at all on 1. ZUMBELINA (80) and/or 2. I THOUGHT SO (75).


NOT sur­prised that 9. CANNYES -

CENT (78) runs here instead of a later race where he drew 14 of 16. He has 1 of 11 which may sound all right but I am not so sure, I think they might have liked to be a bit wider so he can come the mid­dle and let down over the top of them. It is now go­ing to take maybe ride of the day from Tim Clark to get him home. The son of Canny Lad was the eye catcher in the Bm81 at Rand­wick on Apr 15. He was at­tack­ing the line with ex­treme gusto un­der his 58kgs to be beaten 2.6-lens in an on pace dom­i­nated race. Good ride gets him close. I know peo­ple are talk­ing up Ca­landa as some­thing licked i n the Hawkes­bury Guineas last week­end but my vote for ‘tragedy beaten’ of day, nay the year so far, was 3. BET­TER NOT BLUE (85). No fault the jockey but it was a night­mare to watch, you could see it un­fold­ing be­fore the turn and it only got worse from there. He should have won by a half a length. is 5s 0-2-1 at the t/d and one of those plac­ings was a 0.2-lens 2nd to Ninth Le­gion in Civic Stakes. The two Jason ‘Syd­ney’s form trainer’ Coyle horses are a must for the exotics and even richer each-way pun­ters. I have 10. TAKEWING (72) just ahead of his bet­ter per­formed sta­ble­mate 2. BERRY DE­LI­CIOUS

(90) only be­cause I re­mem­ber him (Takewing that is) be­ing Bern­bor­ough like one day first-up at Kem­bla.


I WAS quite keen on the re­gally-bred and price­less mare 5. VIA NAPOLI (75) first-up off what I thought was a smash­ing 8th of 9 in her sec­ond trial. It (the trial) ob­vi­ously wasn’t missed by the book­mak­ers be­cause they went up at $4.60. Alas, she drifted to $8 and ran 6th of 8. Now, in hind­sight maybe it was the wet track (heavy 8) be­cause she did seem to race patches that day but I was en­cour­aged by her last bit. Hope­fully it didn’t flat­ten the mare hey, I have com­plete faith in the trainer C.J. Waller and the team. Sta­ble­mate 15. OUR BEATNIK (67) must surely have been $1.01 in run when he re­sumed at Wy­ong. I haven’t seen one go­ing bet­ter tran­sit and not win by a length. Okay, he was beaten but much fit­ter nip - pier horse that day. That was 1350m, this is 1500m with a run un­der the belt. 17. EL SID (66) is one of ‘mine’. I loved him first-up and he went okay, less so next time but wasn’t ter­ri­ble either and we are start­ing to learn – he ain’t no sec­ond-up horse!


3. AL­LER­GIC (101) is a very con­sis­tent mid­dle dis­tance/stayer from the Godol­phin yard who had lit­tle freshen up since his dis­tanced 12-lens 3rd to sub­se­quent Syd­ney Cup No. 2 placeget­ter Big Duke in the Man­ion Cup on Mar 18. It’s not like he was out in a pad­dock get­ting fat in the in­terim, far from it, he tri­alled like a bomb at WF in a 1200m heat on Apr 21. He is 3s 1-0-2 at the t/d and he looks to be ready to rock roll. 2.

SONS OF JOHN (102) is not just a re - ally good miler. He in fact 3s 0-2-1 at the 2000m and a last start ‘sil­ver’ in JRA Plate at Group 3 level be - hind a horse that took the race by the scruff of the neck and made to pretty hard for any­thing to get past her with the 53kgs on his enor­mous frame. That mare is none other than 4. TOP

OF MY LIST (104) who goes right the way up to 57.5kgs this time around and while I think she’ll carry it okay, it’s only 0.5kgs off the SAJC Derby placed Al­ler­gic and I think that might be telling. 11. HAPPY HAN­NAH (93) is right in this ex­pect a bet­ter ef­fort/out­come for 9. BIG BLUE (93). RACE 8

I AM no Mark Read when it comes to as­sem­bling speed maps but I can’t be wrong here surely that we get a good/ fast tempo. That’s if they all run as I see them at ac­cep­tance time days and days out from post time. So work­ing on that as­sump­tion I went look­ing for a lightly-weighted back­marker that is fit and rac­ing well. Hello 14. KNIT ‘N’

PURL (74). I tell you what, I’d have the house on her mum, Zin­gal­ing, in this with 61kgs! The daugh­ter has a bit less than that of course – 10kgs

in fact with the claim for Lees’ go -to ap­pren­tice Rachel King. The only thing that wor­ries me is bar­rier 3. She will need heaps and heaps of luck now. 5. FRILL SEEK­ING (82) would have been my top pick in most races but I am some­what con­cerned now about what sort of pres­sure is go - ing to be up front in this race (if they all run!). She tri­alled su­per the other day and she’s pretty well with the 3kgs off for Nick Hey­wood. 2. PAINTE

(83) is a good, tough, hon­est and re­li­able sprinter from the P ride yard who should hope­fully get a run in the first half of the field, just off lead 4 or 5 I as­sume? If that’s the case he’ll be in the frame once again.


BJORN Baker has tri­alled 3 hors - es that I for one have la­belled good things off their tri­als in re­cent weeks. One was Mu­sic Mag­nate (won 2 Group

last week­end in Bris­bane), an­other is Egyp­tian Sym­bol (my best in Ade­laide to­day i n the Sang­ster) and three is 4. BONNY O’REILLY (75). Ad­mit­tedly, those two first ones are top lin­ers ev­ery day of the week and twice on Sun­day but I do think Bonny O’Reilly is set for her best cam­paign yet. I am sure there is a race at Scone and a few in Bris­bane for her the way she shapes up go­ing i nto new prep. 1. BUT­TER­BOOM (82) has the’ Joe P ride in the last’ in her favour. She is also a good first-up per­former and 21s 4-6-4 over­all so she is one of those cus­tomers that is rarely if ever far away. 12. BEL SELENE (69) should, by rights, get run over late by some of these bet­ter horses and she ill might but I do like Deanne Panya on any horse, best of all a speedy one like this that has drawn 5 and has 51.5kgs on her back – and good trial.

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