Yard to the Post @ Rosehill Gardens

Race Day: Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 26 November 2016

Another firm track at Rosehill Gardens for the third week of racing in a row, home track hero Chris Waller racking up another four winners in the first six races.

The Kiwi trainer's dominance came as no surprise, but a winner at 60/1 did! THE RUMOUR FILE had only managed a 3rd in a six horse race at Cranbourne since joining the stable mid-way through 2015. He turned that all around today and swept home to beat the veteran HUNTER JACK by a nose.

Perhaps the best race of the day was the staying event over 2,400 metres. The well-backed MR STEAL set a testing gallop in the lead and Waller's SOVIET COURAGE stayed on best in a slog to the finish. The replay is a beautiful two minutes and twenty nine seconds for supporters of the 15/1 shot, Glyn Schofield weaving his way up the better inside ground from last.

One race later Waller's HOGMANAY led all the way to score a much-deserved win after having no luck first-up, and when the leader SNOOPY repeated the dose one race later the money started to come for the Hawkes-trained speedster INTERSTELLAR in Race 8.

She couldn't hold on though, the very game MADOTTI stamping her Magic Millions form with a narrow victory over the well-backed PEPPERBERRY. 

A full review is on-line below.

Track Info

ConditionsGOOD 3


A classy filly on the rise

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 10336 Zumbelina Chris Waller Rory Hutchings 1 60.0
2 8644 Fiery Trail Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 2 59.5
3 63713 Cadogan Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 3 59.0

In The Running

FIERY TRAIL went to the lead and controlled a STEADY tempo. GOLD ARTISIAN, ZUMBELINA and CADOGAN the order in a small field. CADOGAN took off from the 500m mark and dashed to the lead.

The Result

ZUMBELINA (1st) got clear and was too strong, beating FIERY TRAIL (2nd) who fought on and CADOGAN (3rd), who's run peaked.

The Interest

She's on the way up and took care of these despite the big weight, a deserved win. A filly on the way to Autumn races now. CADOGAN had probably an ideal race set-up given his rapid sprint, but Avdulla decided to 'press the button' 500m from home. Probably not a wise choice for a horse that has been peaking on his run. Follow ZUMBELINA.


Gai's girl leads all the way

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 73400 Serena Bay Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Kerrin McEvoy 2 54.0
2 48936 Reflectivity Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 9 56.0
3 45320 Ipso Facto Mark Newnham Blake Spriggs 1 56.0

In The Running

SERENA BAY took up the lead from FLORID and IPSO FACTO, rolling along at a FAIR to STRONG tempo as the others chased. TERWILLIKER slow to begin.

The Result

SERANA BAY (1st) kept fighting and held off REFLECTIVITY (2nd), who dived late and only missed because he laid in. IPSO FACTO (3rd) edged out FLORID (4th).

The Interest

She'd had the run under her belt at Kembla over 900m and that helped her fight off the well-backed FLORID from on-pace. As for REFLECTIVITY, he cost himself (and anyone that backed him at $16!) the race with a touch of greeness. IPSO FACTO very solid. ALLIED POWER (6th) not bad out wider after being well-supported. No Follows or Forgives.


Waller gets one home at monster odds

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 64917 The Rumour File Chris Waller Joshua Parr 7 59.0
2 64985 Hunter Jack Tim Martin Tye Angland 5 55.5
3 69202 Shalmaneser Richard Litt Blaike McDougall 3 56.5

In The Running

BALMAIN BOY worked around the outside and took up the lead from HUNTER JACK. A honest rolling FAIR to STRONG tempo was set up. MONTAUK was held up early in the straight.

The Result

THE RUMOUR FILE (1st) travelled well into the race from the back, edging wider and running on late to grab HUNTER JACK (2nd) on the line, who had fought off the other on-pacers. SHALMANESER (3rd) ran on well too. MONTAUK (4th) closed off once clear.

The Interest

He had been hitting the line like a pussy cat the last few starts, gets a freshen-up, and now roars home at $61! That's racing? A hard ask for punters to have any idea of what to make of this winner, a former import that finally turned it all around. HUNTER JACK so brave and deserved to win. He settled up on the pace with BALMAIN BOY (beaten 6.4L as fav', going for a spell now) and PIANISSIMO (beaten 9.2L). That's a big effort! MONTAUK didn't get much room 'til the 175m and should have figured in the finish. Follow HUNTER JACK. Forgive MONTAUK.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 70893 Delightful Feeling Matthew Dunn Nick Heywood 3 59.0
2 9825 The Nickster Joe Cleary Jay Ford 13 54.0
3 64956 Gambled Kurt Goldman Brenton Avdulla 1 55.5


Courage needed in a testing mile and a half

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 6144 Soviet Courage Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 12 58.5
2 63825 Danjeu John P Thompson Blaike McDougall 1 60.0
3 68912 Zourkhan Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 56.5

In The Running

HERNE'S OAK jumped best to lead and there was some early pressure that joined him. ASCOT RED worked forward and MR STEAL went to the lead under heavy riding. MY GIULIANO was wide early and worked up to second. A testing STRONG tempo was set up and SOVIET COURAGE drifted back to the rear.

The Result

DANJEU (2nd) moved up and took the lead before SOVIET COURAGE (1st) surged through up the inside and stayed on much too well for an easy win. ZOURKHAN (3rd) also ran on from the back nearer the inside.

The Interest

MR STEAL (5th) made this a true test, he's ready to win on a softer track next time, if he's come through this OK. They plodded home in 36.99 for the last 600m. Schofield was meant to go forward on SOVIET COURAGE, but he didn't have the early speed, which turned out to be the ideal. He showed his superior stamina and grabbed a much improved DANJEU. PURSUIT OF HONOUR (7th) made his run wider out and will now be spelled. MAVEN WIZ, HERNE'S OAK and ASCOT RED all poor. Vet: HERNE'S OAK had poor recovery, PINSTRIPE LANE lame in off-fore leg. Follow MR STEAL. Forgive PINSTRIPE LANE.


Young James Innes Jnr lands the plunge

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 55249 Hogmanay Chris Waller James Innes Jnr 13 54.5
2 9422 Unbiased John O'Shea Tommy Berry 2 57.5
3 51030 Embley Bjorn Baker Glyn Schofield 5 58.5

In The Running

HOGMANAY was urged to the lead from out wide. FRANCESCO settled on his outside and EMINENT DUKE behind him. A FAIR tempo was set up.

The Result

HOGMANAY (1st) kept going strongly to win clearly, beating home UNBIASED (2nd), who ran on with EMBLEY (3rd).

The Interest

A very light weight and more aggressive riding tactics (which were announced) made the difference for another in-form Waller galloper. He was ever so unlucky first-up and had an amazing 5kg turnaround on UNBIASED from the same race. The money came and he delivered. You'd suggest UNBIASED improved into this run and can win next time on softer ground. SATYA (4th) found a race she could have been aggressive in, but the Hawkes stable took a conservative approach and she stayed on OK out wider. ASINARA and TRAFALGAR ready for further now. Follow UNBIASED, ASINARA and TRAFALGAR.


Snoopy the top dog today

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 64092 Snoopy Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 10 56.5
2 11017 Unequivocal Noel Mayfield-Smith Jay Ford 6 56.0
3 3008 Wine Tales Chris Waller Tye Angland 2 55.0

In The Running

SNOOPY darted to the lead and set a STRONG gallop from MOHER, who worked up on the outside and GOLD AMBITION in the box seat.

The Result

SNOOPY (1st) broke clear of the other on-pacers before holding off the swoopers late. UNEQUIVOCAL (2nd) and WINE TALES (3rd) both ran on OK.

The Interest

He deserved a win and on 56.5kg was better weighted than some of the other classier types in this race. Tommy Berry set a very testing gallop, which suited UNEQUIVOCAL and WINE TALES. Don't be too harsh on MOHER (4th), GOLD AMBITION (6th, tightened) and even HIGH MIDNIGHT (5th), who all ran admirably. No Follows or Forgives.


A northern raid gets the prize

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 6163 Madotti Matthew Dunn Tye Angland 6 60.0
2 36276 Pepperberry Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 55.0
3 41277 Magic Alibi Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 5 60.5

In The Running

ZIN ZAN ELSIE was revved and settled outside the speedy INTERSTELLAR. DONELLE worked up on the outside of the leader mid-race.

The Result

MADOTTI (1st) came wider and ran on hard, narrowly beating PEPPERBERRY (2nd), who had fought on up the inside. MAGIC ALIBI (3rd) ran on from the back too and INTERSTELLAR (4th) was a couple of lengths behind.

The Interest

Matthew Dunn has been winning Highways for fun and now he's added a Sydney metro win to the mix. MADOTTI had form around Egyptian Symbol in January and proved her class after a 'so-so' prep last time in. PEPPERBERRY good on the firm track and MAGIC ALIBI enjoying being ridden quieter. INTERSTELLAR solid enough and perhaps does want it soft? Follow MADOTTI.


No luck for young Heywood

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 36276 Upscale Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 8 57.5
2 9288 Secret Trail Peter & Paul Snowden Nick Heywood 14 57.0
3 6527 Firsthand Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 6 58.5

In The Running

UPSCALE took up the running from NOBLE JOEY and FIRSTHAND. There wasn't much pressure early and they steadily increased the pace. SECRET TRAIL was stuck wide after a slowish jump.

The Result

UPSCALE (1st) kicked clear into the straight and held off a very game SECRET TRAIL (2nd), who cruised into the straight out wider and ran on well. FIRSTHAND (3rd) fought on.

The Interest

Could Heywood have used more vigor on SECRET TRAIL? The Stewards think so (inquiry), but he did give everything over the final 200m and just couldn't catch UPSCALE, who had a very nice run in the lead. Avdulla gets a 10 out of 10. Hard for others to make ground. Follow SECRET TRAIL. Forgive SECRET TRAIL.

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