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The Sportsman Weekend - - Rosehill Preview -

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

NO prizes for guess­ing the best bred horse in this race, or any race this week­end for that mat­ter. Her name is 3. EXHILARATES (N/R) and she is a daugh­ter of Snitzel the Blue Di­a­mond win­ner/Golden Slip­per placeget­ter Sa­maready. Bred by Greg Perry who bred At­lantic Jewel, this filly was bought Godol­phin for $600,000 at the Magic Mil­lions Sale. Exhilarates was very good in her one trial when 0.8-len sec­ond in a 745m heat at Rand­wick on Oct 30. An­other of the po­ten­tial Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic run­ners next Jan­uary is 1. SE­BRAKATE

(N/R). I as­sume that’s why she is here – to win some more money and have a ‘go’ the Syd­ney/ Bris­bane way. Won both runs in SA, well-bred type from Hayes/ Hayes/Dabernig, gate 1 and Tye Ang­land, race ex­pe­ri­ence. 4.

KIAMICHI (N/R) is the sec­ond of the two James Cummings run­ners. The Side­step filly was 2-len sec­ond in her trial on the morn­ing as Exhilarates went around.



(74) had ev­ery favour to win at Rand­wick last start. An­drew Ad­kins parked him out­side the leader in a pretty steady pace and pushed the but­ton on horse at ex­actly right time in the straight. Take noth­ing away from the colt though, that win was much de­served and prob­a­bly just con­fi­dence booster that Ron Quin­ton would have hoped for. You don’t like to see horses run sec­ond all the time, it’s be­comes a habit for some of them. I have to ad­mit, I saw ab­so­lutely zero rec­om­mend about

7. BALLER (61) from his tri­als ahead of his de­but at Kem­bla. I wasn’t alone, he was $41 to $61 on the day but wow, what a win! The son of High Cha­parral led through­out and won by 2.3-len eased down big time! It was in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive – ei­ther he is quite handy or the ones be­hind him aren’t. Maybe a mix of both per­haps. 4. SINGING

SAND (65) is a Godol­phin filly who is at­trac­tively weighted here on 53kg or 3kg less than she car­ried when she beat Quin­ton’s Betty Blooms in a mid­weeker at Warwick Farm on Oct 24. Has the tal­ent to win/place here.


SPEAK­ING of James Cummings, he used to train 1. PO­TENT

FORCE (72) for Gooree long ago be­fore he swapped Leilani Lodge for Agnes Banks. The string was split up among a few train­ers, this one went to Mack Grif­fith who has trained quite few win­ners for Mr Co­juangco.

is a great horse­man and that’s why we can be con­fi­dent in the face of this horse’s ex­tremely long ab­sence from the races. In fact, it will be 611 days be­tween runs and 765 since the last win. Griffth has given horse three tri­als they have been rip­pers. This could be an ex-James Cummings quinella given that he also once han­dled SEEBLUME (72) who won a TAB High­way at Rose­hill over 1500m on Sep 22. She trial at home at Can­berra on Oct 19 so ap­pears to be in great nick. Drawn 10 of 11 but she gets back and runs on down the out­side usu­ally. 4. SUGAR DANCE (67) has ac­cepted for Orange to­day so not sure where he goes. Be a big chance if comes down from Mudgee (same as Po­tent Force). Re­spect­ing 11. THE DE­BATER

(54) and Matthew Dunn’s 5. TRIS­TAN DE AN­GEL (67).


I WAS very keen on 7. AR­RONDISSE­MENT (52) at home in the Goul­burn An­niver­sary Bm81 last start hav­ing been so taken with her win there three weeks be­fore in a Bm58. The dif­fer­ence be­tween her 1st and her 6th in the two races were the way the re­spec­tive run. She only has one way to race this mare – last to turn, run on down the out­side! Noth­ing was fin­ish­ing bet­ter or faster in the last race than Ar­rondisse­ment and I sus­pect it will be the same again to­mor­row. In terms of her weight, she has 52kg less 3kg – that’s 49kg on pa­per. What­ever ended up car­ry­ing is still go­ing to be a postage stamp. 2. SEXY EYES (79) made light work of her ri­vals with 53.5kg in that 1400m Bm88 at Rand­wick on Oct 27. She got a great ride by Tommy Berry. You could make a case, be­ing gen­er­ous to her, that she could be 3 for 3 this cam­paign but what­ever your thoughts on that, we all have to agree that she is fly­ing. This looks an ob­vi­ous, log­i­cal and al­most per­fect race for her. 1. KARAVALI (92) has a mon­strous bench­mark rat­ing by com­par­i­son to my top pick. In fact there is 40 points be­tween Karavali’s 92 and Ar­rondisse­ment’s 52. That said, there is go­ing to be as much as maybe 10kg be­tween them on the day which evens things up a bit.


THE Tony San­tic-bred 4. RE­FLEC­TIV­ITY (75) is a handy enough son of All Too Hard from the Team Hawkes camp. No one does bet­ter with the breed with them – nat­u­rally. This par­tic­u­lar geld­ing was 4th in the Inglis Scone Guineas to­wards the end of the last cam­paign. I re­ally liked his trial at Rose­hill on Nov 2 where he fin­ished 0.3-len 3rd in what looked a deep heat to me. Koby Jen­nings rode this horse the Guineas and the trial and is on top here to­mor­row. Jimmy Choux son 7.

CHAUSSURE (71) was ter­rific at his first run back as a geld­ing off a very long break, it was nearly full year be­tween starts. The Waller trained geld­ing 0.5-len fourth of 8 and fired in an un­suc­cess­ful protest against the win­ner. Chaussure’s form at first cam­paign was ‘211’ and I can as­sure you the ‘2’ ev­ery bit as the two wins so he’s a handy horse. Is 1 for 1 sec­ondup. Rac­ing at home – bad news is the draw. Sta­ble­mate 5. SO

YOU WIN (74) wears the Winx colours. A son of So You Think, this 4YO geld­ing’s chance may well be made clearer by his fluc­tu­a­tions be­cause we have not trial to judge him on. That said, he’s surely got a fair bit of resid­ual fit­ness from his Rough Habit and Grand Prix runs up in Bris­bane.


THE Winx colours are on show again in this race via 11. MISS

SHANTI (73) who was very Winx-like when she won last start on the Kens­ing­ton track. Truly she was. Tye Ang­land had her 5th of 6 in the run­ning line, strides up boldly three and four wide into straight let down all over the top of them to win, not by a big mar­gin but with plenty of au­thor­ity. Ev­ery­thing in her pedi­gree and pat­tern sug­gests she will run 2000m and now that she is this far into the cam­paign and off such an im­pres­sive win, it’s hard to tip against her. I was all over 12.

NICOCHET (68) on that same Kens­ing­ton race day as Miss Shanti was in only in a dif­fer­ent race of course. Nicochet did what she al­ways does – she got back and ran on late this time 1.8-len from the win­ner. Nicochet has gone 1400m then 15500m (x2) this time in work so it’s time for a step up dis­tance. Pedi­gree is in­ter­est­ing, the third dam is the mother of In­no­cent King who won the AJC Derby. 1. SKY

BOY (78) was ul­tra-im­pres­sive win­ning at Rand­wick last start. He is quite a pro­gres­sive horse but has plenty of weight to­mor­row. Drawn well though – that’s a huge plus for his chances. 13.

HIGH­WAY (71) is a sharp im­prover at odds. She up to her right trip now and was third Youngstar in the Gold Bracelet at the Gold Coast in the win­ter.


JOSH Parr rode four win­ners last Satur­day at Rose­hill, 2 of them were for James Cummings. Parr and Cummings com­bine here with 1. GAULOIS (85) who has some com­pelling num­bers to take this race out. The son of Street Cry and handy Lonhro mare Celts is 4s 1-1-2 at the track, he 1 for 1 t/d, 2s 1w at the trip and 0-2-1 firstup. As well as that, he has drawn bar­rier 4 which will help him off-set his 59kg top­weight some­what. Gaulois has tri­alled twice ahead of re­turn and that last one here 8-days ago was re­ally good. Cummings to have three but scratched Bea­con from two races in Syd­ney ac­tu­ally to run the last race of the Cup car­ni­val at Flem­ing­ton in­stead. That means he has Gaulois and the last start win­ner

4. CORUSCATE (82) go­ing head to head. Coruscate has won 3 of 4 this cam­paign so is su­per – just not sure that his wide bar­rier has done him any favours. Still, it’s only a field of 9 at the mo­ment, not 16. Team Hawkes mare 6. DYSLEXIC (81) was very, very solid in the mar­ket in the G3 Nivi­son first-up but a rather dis­ap­point­ing sixth be­hind resin but only 3.5-len away so it’s not like she was lapped. At her best, she’d be win­ning this no wor­ries at all.


3. BON AMIS (77) started $5 in the Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal which is in­dica­tive of his tal­ent and what he was do­ing be­fore the big $600,000 fea­ture. Bon Amis ran 2.5-len sixth – it was a rip­per run by the Novo­cas­trian. Bon Amis won a trial at home over 900m on Oct 9 and looked fan­tas­tic. The son of Bon Hoffa has a ca­reer record 11 s 4-4-0, 3s 1-2-0 at the t/d and is 3s 2w fresh so there is a lot in those num­bers to rec­om­mend. So too his draw – bar­rier 4 is ideal. I have a mas­sive watch on

7. SIKHING GLORY (73) from the Joe Pride sta­ble. This 5YO hasn’t raced in slightly over a year. He did a ten­don not long af­ter he won three in a row. We spoke to Joe about the horse for a story in this week­end’s pa­per, maybe it’s bet­ter to get it from him than me but I would like to at least throw my two cents in re­gard­ing his tri­als – they were both first class. He is one hun­dred per cent ready to run a big, big race. 6. VIRGILIO (74) has the 3kg off for Rob­bie Dolan who is rid­ing so well these days. Has been for a while, it’s just that we are get­ting to see more of the Wayne Har­ris man­aged Ir­ish­lad. Virgilio has placed at 3 his 4 fresh runs and has tri­alled twice; sec­ond of five Kem­bla on Oct 24.


10. MONTRACHET (71) is a Cress­field-bred mare by Fast­net Rock out of Star Satire and is owned by Twin Palms – specif­i­cally Bruce John­son, a good man and son of the late Stan John­son who bred likes of Mer­lene

Da­nen­dri. Montrachet is a Team Hawkes trained 4YO with a record of 3s 1-1-0. The un­placed run was a 3.3-len fourth in the G3 Hawkes­bury Guineas to Sam­bro. That huge run given that 26-days prior, Montrachet won a maiden al­beit at Rose­hill. Loved the trial. 8. SEA­SONS (73) is Les Bridge rained mare who some would and could ar­gue should be 4 from 4. What­ever the case, 4s 2-2-0 isn’t a bad record and rest as­sured, there are more wins than losses ahead for this daugh­ter of Se­bring. Sea­sons was 2-len to Chabreet in a Rand­wick trial on Oct 30 but hardly pres­sured to do what she what she did. Bad draw on Satur­day – that’s an is­sue. I was all over 5. KAWAIKINI

(74) first-up, I think I made her a XXX spe­cial from mem­ory, but she could only man­age 6th of 8 beaten the best part of 10-len. I am ab­so­lutely sure she is bet­ter than that but I can’t tip her on top af­ter such a run when these other two (Montrachet and Sea­sons) look to be mares with so much up­side.

Royal Cel­e­bra­tion kicks away from ri­vals at Rand­wick last start.

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