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The Sportsman Weekend - - Rosehill Preview - WITH S HAYN E O’CAS S

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered star ters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day at 1 PM.

RACE1

HOW about we get Chris Waller to star t the pre­view this week specif­i­cally per tain­ing to the hugely ex­cit­ing 5. PARET (66). “I don’t nor mally like race a maiden win­ner 10 days later but it’s that time of the year. There is still a 20 per cent chance of get­ting to Caulfield Guineas or a Cool­more up the straight so we’ll see how he goes on Satur­day. He’d have to win well,” – with thanks Brad Gray at Rac­ing NSW. That was a mas­sive win on de­but by Paret, only good horses do what he did. I quite like 1. CHAR­LIE CHAP (69) as a horse. He wasn’t re­ally suited by sit and sprint at Canterbury the other day over 1100m. Ex­tra 200m will help. He has a good race in him some­time in the fu­ture. 2. BEAU GESTE (68) was okay first-up be­hind Su­per Ex and Merovee. Maybe they are two pretty good horses. Gate 4

The Gun — should get every chance. 6. AONAIR (66) will win the Wake­ful and maybe even the VRC Oaks IMO.

RACE 2

AN un­wor­thy horse is go­ing to join an il­lus­tri­ous hon­our roll of Colin Ste phen Qual­ity win­ners af­ter to­mor row? Bit hard you think? Okay, which one of th­ese horses lin­ing up on Satur­day can be men­tioned in the same breath as Car­bine, Phar Lap, Wake­ful, Pe­ter Pan, F light, Red­craze, Gun­synd, etc. None. Per­son­ally, I want noth­ing to do with the race from a punt­ing point of view, it’s an im­pos­si­ble puz­zle. I came up with 3. AUVRAY (96) from the Richard Freed­man yard. This French-bred 7YO has found a new lease on life since he re­lo­cated to Hawkes­bury; his last three runs have been out­stand­ing. 1. BROADSIDE (98) staged the biggest for m re­ver­sal in NSW since Glas­ton­bury in be­tween his 10-lens last the Premier’s’s Cup and his 0.3-lens win in the New­cas­tle Cup. $4.60 one day, $17 the other. No thanks. 4. ADMI

RAL JELLO (88) un­like the top­pie is a ter ri­bly con­sis­tent horse who ‘x42333’ this cam­paign, his last one 1.7-lens plac­ing in the New­cas­tle Cup.

RACE 3

DANNY Wil­liams is a mas­ter of the art of the TAB High­way and we can hope­fully add an­other win­ner to tally here via 2. DON’T GIVE A DAMN (59). The horse was mas­ter­fully tuned up, mas­ter­fully rid­den to win on de­but at home at Goul­burn. Not easy to lead all the way on

over 1300m but he did. It’s harder again come to Syd­ney 8-days later for a High­way and run into Sun­craze and go within a whisker of de­liv­er­ing that poor beast an­other sec­ond! Gate 4 and McEvoy, ticks all the boxes. Lonhro mare 3. MA­JES­TIC PE

DRILLE (61) has gate 2 and The Gun. The Muswell­brook vis­i­tor has a ster­ling record of 5s 2-1-1 and lost no fans with that 0.2-lens sec­ond in the Godol­phin Tiara at home last star t. I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily say this is eas­ier, but apar t from Don’t Give A Damn, frankly I am not sure it’s all that harder; no pun in­tended. 5. CATCH THE

CUL­PRIT (56) has bar rier 11 of 11 which is po­ten­tially very, very bad for him. It’s a pity be­cause he is up to High­way class.

RACE 4

THIS race is prob­a­bly bet­ter the Group 3 Colin Ste phen alle ged ‘Qual­ity’ and it’s only a Bench­mark 82! Rea­son be­ing, but not only, for the pres­ence of the now no­to­ri­ous 3. UP ‘N’ ROLLING

(78) who has been the un­wit­ting fo­cus of not one but two stew­ards in­quires in his only 8 star ts! Any­how, he’s a good horse and it will in­ter­est­ing to see how he copes with the in­evitable ‘ste ps’ be asked take up the rungs of rac­ing lad­der — so far, he’s jumped every hur­dle (sor ry about the mixed metaphors). This looks within his reach. g ate 1 to­mor row like last time — let’s hope some­one in front of him gets off the fence and pave the way for vic­tory like it did last time. 4. IMANUI (74) is a ca­pa­ble horse that has for so long now been in­ca­pable of win­ning. He’ll get there one day, it could be Satur­day if Up ‘N’ Rolling gets boxed in. I like 8. RO­MAN

SON (70) a lot as a horse and was quite sure he’d win a de­cent handicap this pre pa­ra­tion. My con­fi­dence took a jolt first-up but he’s bet­ter than that.

RACE 5

THE closer I look at this race, the keener I get on 1. GOOD PROJ

ECT (104). Be­fore that first-up run in the Theo Marks, his pre­vi­ous three were all in Group 1s namely VRC Emi­rates (7th btn 2.7-lens), WATC Rail­way (2nd) and BRC Strad­broke where he ran 5th to Im­pend­ing only 2.8lens off the win­ner. He tri­alled re­ally well be­fore his Theo Marks re­tur n and was ke pt safe enough in the bet­ting $13 into $11. The one thing he didn’t need was a course record over 1300m with 57.5kgs chas­ing the en­tire way but that’s ex­actly what he got. It’ll be a to­tally dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish this time over 1500m at home where he races quite well and how lucky we are that Bow­man rides. 4. EURO AN­GEL (101) is scratched from the Golden Pen­dant to run here. You have to trust the Team Hawkes judg­ment. I do. Ev­ery­one knows she should have won the Toy show first-up then she was one of only two horses (Egg Tar t other) who made up any g round at all when placed in the record Theo Marks. She is ready to peak (ag ain). 9. DAWN WALL (90) al­most added her name the litany of horses that win first-up out a clas­sic when she just an puff sec­ond to 5. WASH­ING­TON HEIGHTS (96) first-up. Nat­u­ral im­prove­ment says he can’t her this time. There is a good race in Dawn Wall in Melbourne com­ing up. Stay tuned for more.

RACE 6

I CAN’T re­mem­ber see­ing a horse (since Black Caviar) that was go­ing to win by panels (even be­fore let alone dur­ing) than 8. THY KING­DOM COME (66) at Kem­bla the other day. Let’s not for­get, he was back to a very or­di­nary look­ing pro­vin­cial maiden from a se­ries of Group races but they’ve still got a do it and boy did he do it! That was awe­some stuff and it’ll won­ders for his con­fi­dence. He’s a good colt this one, a colt that is bred to, and has al­ways looked like he would come into his own be­yond the mile. If (as I ex­pect) Blake Shinn can get him to set­tle and into a rhythm, he has the change of foot to put th­ese in­fin­itely bet­ter 3YO’s away. Clearly the Godol­phin pair of 3. SANC

TIONED (77) and 1. AS­TO­RIA (77) will be hard to beat — they have been timed per­fec­tion by James Cum­mings for this and then the Spring Cham­pion af­ter that and who knows maybe even VRC Derby. Speak­ing of the Derby, David Payne has his sights set on the clas­sic with

2. ACE HIGH (70) pretty much from the time he bought him at the year­ling sales.

RACE 7

THIS is it! Grand Fi­nal day for the best 3YO’s in the land mi­nus Royal Sym­phony and She Will Reign of course. Apar t from me (I tipped Ke­men­tari), the Run to the Rose was ex­pected to be a match race, a show­down, be­tween 2.

ME­NARI (94) and 3. PARIAH (92) and that’s the way it tur ned out with the two star colts fin­ish­ing first sec­ond. I went and watched it again and the more I ke pt re play­ing that last 300m the more I was awed by Me­nari. He is a ma­chine. Now we have to pon­der whether or not he can run 1400m un­der pres­sure early and late? I hon­estly don’t know, no one does, but too many times we go look­ing for neg­a­tives when there are only pos­i­tives. Just think of all the peo­ple out there try­ing to con­vince them­selves that Winx isn’t go­ing as well, etc, etc. I take the Chris Waller line; don’t over an­a­lyse things, judge what you see. What I see from Me­nari is one spe­cial colt. As for Pariah I think he is very, very good but spe­cial? Not sure that he quite has that level of ‘awe­some­ness’ Me­nari has but could all change if he (Pariah) wins and loses. Or both? I think it’s one or other quite frankly, of the rest — 7.

MER­CHANT NAY (83) is a the g reat un­known be­ing un­beaten and com­ing up from Melbourne. Oh, I’ll def­i­nitely find a fiver to back 5. TRAPEZE ARTIST

(84), I would have nearly had him on top as a spec but he was a bit plain in the Stan Fox.

RACE 8

NO doubt un­like those among us who think the Golden Rose is a two-horse race that the Golden Pen­dant is seen as a race far bit more open to in­ter pre­ta­tion, but in my mind one of two horses will win and Ron Quin­ton trains them both. I speak his ‘D’s’ namely 1. DIXIE BLOS­SOMS (106) and 4. DAY­SEE

DOOM (103). Ron’s pearls are so level that even he can’t split them. I asked him on Wed­nes­day what he’d do if had $10 to bet in the race and he said he’d have a fiver win on each of them. Hmmm, sounds like some­thing I might do. Un­like the g reat man, have sin­gled out Dixie Blos­soms. It was said to me, by my boss, that she doesn’t win enough and that’s a fair call, but she’s been pretty un­lucky a few times to been in races where she had change up her pat­ter n. Now I see her pat­ter n as get back and run on one last crack type of thing and talk­ing with Ron it sounds like that’s the way she go­ing to be rid­den from her wide draw. No knock at all on Day­see, in fact, I might have to scrape up an­other $5 and take the quinella be­cause she’ll be in front of her sta­ble­mate at 200m, 100m and who knows af­ter that. I am not giv­ing much of a chance to the oth­ers but I do think that 8. DENMAG

IC (94) is the big im­prover. She’ll get this run to suit.

RACE 9

GIVEN my long held per­sonal sys­tem of back­ing horses first-up out clas­sics I am duty bound to bet on and tip 10. IMPAVIDO

(74) to­mor row. Man, I love his 53.5kgs! That’s a g reat weight for a horse with his tal­ent; okay, he may have fin­ished 10-lens off Jon Snow in the ATC Derby but

fin­ished 4th in Rand­wick Guineas re­mem­ber. His only win so far in six star ts was first-up and even though it at the provin­cials, it was dead­set one of the best wins you would ever see. Tri­als have been good, like I say, weight is so amaz­ing and 1400m first-up for a High Cha­par ral out of Zabeel mare is per­fect. Like him lot un­less the mar­ket says wait for later into the pre pa­ra­tion. 9.

SCREAMARR (75) did me a mas­sive favour first-up when he won at WF. What a ride! He’s come back in g reat nick and his only prior win came sec­ond-up so he should be okay. He’s in for a good pre pa­ra­tion this late ma­tur­ing son of Street Cry. 2.

SOUCHEZ (87) is a classy an­i­mal and so good look­ing. Like all Lohnro off­spring he races well fresh he was the eye-catcher in the She Will Reign trial on Tues­day at Rose­hill. Bear in mind re that trial, She Will Reign ran 52.90 (wow), home 33.60s and Souche z was the only horse mak­ing up any de­cent g round on the Slip­per win­ner.

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