THE JUDGE­MENT

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - BY RAY THOMAS

ROSE­HILL GAR­DENS

R6: TAB RE­WARDS HCP (1400M)

Gary Portelli (trainer) Nicci’s Gold: “I think her dis­tance is prob­a­bly the mile. We’re toy­ing with the idea, if she wins (to­day) of back­ing up into the Vil­liers or go­ing to the Gos­ford mares’ race.’’

Sally Snow (TAB): “Sweet Deal is an hon­est mare rac­ing well this prepa­ra­tion and has found an­other suit­able race. She gets a lovely run from the draw and the form out of her last-start win looks strong. Just has to stave off her chal­lengers late with the 60kg on her back.’’

Glenn Mun­sie (TAB): “Quite keen on Ve­locita at the $7 on of­fer. Speed is not high and I think Ker­rin McEvoy can slot this mare just in be­hind lead­ers on the rails and be the one stalk­ing them.’’

Grant Palmer (bookie): “I ex­pect Ve­locita to set­tle back and fin­ish off strong, sim­i­lar to her pre­vi­ous run where she was beaten a small mar­gin in a tough duel. At $7, a great each-way bet.’’ Terry Kennedy (Sky Sports Ra­dio): “Sweet Deal has been su­per im­pres­sive this cam­paign, is com­ing off a good win at Rose­hill Gar­dens and can do it again at good odds. Don’t dis­count the win­ning Goul­burn form of With Pur­pose.’’

Ver­dict: Ve­locita

R7: MERRY XMAS ATC MEM­BERS HCP (1100M)

Kevin Moses (trainer) Nic­colance: “I ride him most of his work. If he ever has a strong gal­lop, I get Jackson Mor­ris to ride him. He rode him Tues­day morn­ing and was very happy with him. My main aim, which is a big long shot, is try­ing to get him ready for a Magic Mil­lions race.”

Sally Snow (TAB): “Nic­colance is a lightly raced type re­sum­ing without a trial, but the sig­nif­i­cant jockey book­ing in­di­cates he is ready to go. Look for a pos­i­tive ride from bar­rier three and, with just 53.5kg, he looks hard to run down.’’

Glenn Mun­sie (TAB): “More than happy to steer well clear of those in the mar­ket with a stack of speed on. Tango Rain and Nic­colance are both speed horses drawn soft to take the op­tion of press­ing on or tak­ing the sit.”

Grant Palmer (bookie): “Tango Rain drops back in grade af­ter a handy run be­hind Isaurian last start. Ex­pect her to get a nice run and be right in the fin­ish. The $13 on of­fer is huge overs.’’

Terry Kennedy (Sky Sports Ra­dio): “Go­ing wide with Jorda to up­stage her Godol­phin sta­ble­mate Cor­us­cate. Jorda recorded great clos­ing sec­tion­als last start and, while she can be hard to catch, has plenty of abil­ity.’’ Ver­dict: Nic­colance

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