Yard to the Post @ Rosehill Gardens
Race Day: Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 10 December 2016
Rosehill's long run of summer meetings came to an end today, the track holding up remarkably well after so many weeks back-to-back. The firm conditions meant horses near the pace were favoured and jockeys only edged a bit wider later in the day as the inside ground chopped up.
The highest rating race of the day, a BM 91, was taken out by HIGH MIDNIGHT. The James Cummings galloper returned to the winner's stall after a solid effort behind SNOOPY (who won in Melbourne today) first-up.
It was one of many photo finishes, Godolphin's REINCARNATE getting edged out on that occasion.
SUGAR BAY LEONARD flew home to grab TOP STRIKER on the line in Race 5 and GOLD AMBITION was edged out by a brave HOGMANAY in Race 8, James Innes Jnr guiding the son of Lonhro to two wins in a row at his home track.
A full review will be on-line Sunday 10am.
|Bias||FAIR to NEAR PACE|
An expensive colt delivers
|1||Chauffeur||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Joshua Parr||1||58.0|
|2||Coorg||Darren Beadman||James Doyle||4||58.0|
|3||Falconic||Gary Portelli||Koby Jennings||3||58.0|
In The Running
ALL TOO HUIYING took up the running at a SLOW tempo from FALCONIC on his outside. CHAUFFEUR was in the box seat and COORG was slowish to begin and settled 4th in the small field. FALCONIC travelled up well and he bumped slightly with COORG in the straight as they sprinted.
In a blanket finish between four horses, CHAUFFEUR (1st) sustained his sprint best up the inside while COORG (2nd) kept chasing hard out wider. Both FALCONIC (3rd) and ALL TOO HUIYING (4th) right there in the finish too. Only 0.8L from 1st to 4th.
Perhaps CHAUFFEUR was the only one of the top four not to show obvious talent in his trials. The expensive son of Snitzel progressing on the race track to win and now heads to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions. It's hard to be confident in the form though, all four clearly have some talent and they did go very slow for the first half of the race. COORG's big longer stride suggests maybe he was the one most disadvantaged. And he was the short-priced fav' after all! Follow COORG.
Next stop the Autumn Carnival for this girl
|1||Zumbelina||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||5||58.0|
|2||Achi Baba||John O'Shea||James Doyle||3||55.5|
|3||Arbeitsam||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||2||55.5|
In The Running
ARBEITSAM took up the running with ACHI BABA and set a STEADY tempo, without going too slow. CADOGAN was slow to begin.
ZUMBELINA (1st) came to the outside, sprinted best and went on to win from ACHI BABA (2nd), who stuck on very well to the line. ARBEITSAM (3rd) 2.3L from the winner.
Two nice horses and ZUMBELINA had the better sprint on the firm conditions. She's going places, as is ACHI BABA, who stuck on very well and probably prefers a more testing race. CADOGAN tailed off hopelessly and will now be gelded. An awful run! Follow ZUMBELINA and ACHI BABA.
|1||I Told Georgie||Danny Williams||Blake Shinn||8||56.0|
|2||Artistic Beauty||Cameron Crockett||Ms Kathy O'Hara||3||54.0|
|3||Al Cubana||Brett Cavanough||Glyn Schofield||1||54.5|
Back-to-back for this golden girl
|1||Girl Sunday||Gerald Ryan||James Innes Jnr||4||60.5|
|2||Heartlings||Kerry Parker||Jay Ford||10||57.5|
|3||Roeinda||Bjorn Baker||Tommy Berry||7||57.5|
In The Running
ROEINDA jumped well and led as announced from HEARTLINGS and GIRL SUNDAY. DIXIE CHICK behind them and ALART jumped awkwardly and got back. The very early sections were slowish and they stepped it up before the turn. Overall on the STEADY side for tempo.
GIRL SUNDAY (1st) came wider and sustained her sprint best to beat home HEARTLINGS (2nd) and ROEINDA (3rd) from on-pace.
She is such a strong on-pacer, able to get rolling for home early and maintain to the line, a profile that's given GIRL SUNDAY three wins on the trot this prep. You might say the race was dominated from on-pace, which it was, but she did run the fastest final 200m too as they tired towards the line. LYCIA and SHUTTER BUG two that made some ground from the back. DIXIE CHICK (4th) probably wants 1200m to 1400m and DISTRAUGHT will be retired after finishing last. Follow GIRL SUNDAY and LYCIA (in tougher conditions).
Huge power down the Rosehill straight
|1||Sugar Bay Leonard||Joseph Pride||Joshua Parr||12||55.0|
|2||Top Striker||Gregory Hickman||Andrew Adkins||7||57.0|
|3||Awasita||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||2||56.5|
In The Running
OUR RENAISSANCE got the lead and set a FAIR tempo from TOP STRIKER on her outside. The Melbourne speedster ESTAMINET was slow to begin and settled in midfield, racing keenly and pulling to the outside on the turn. SUGAR BAY LEONARD had to work around that horse to get clear and make his run.
TOP STRIKER (2nd) drove to the lead and looked home, but SUGAR BAY LEONARD (1st) flew out wide late to arrive on the line. AWASITA (3rd) had sprinted well into the race and just peaked late.
TOP STRIKER had form around Nieta, got the right run and looked home and hosed. It was going to take a smart one to catch him and SUGAR BAY LEONARD is just that. A powerful sprinter with a massive finish since being ridden quieter. This was impressive! Melbourne mare ESTAMINET didn't behave first time in Sydney [vet: mildly lame] and will now be spelled. Follow SUGAR BAY LEONARD. Forgive ESTAMINET.
Never doubt your psychiatrist!
|1||My Psychiatrist||Joseph Pride||Ms Deanne Panya||7||54.0|
|2||Multifacets||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||2||60.5|
|3||Hunter Jack||Tim Martin||Nick Heywood (a2)||5||56.0|
In The Running
HUNTER JACK took up the running from MY PSYCHIATRIST and MULTIFACETS and TRAFALGAR at a STEADY tempo. MY PSYCHIATRIST lost ground as they sprinted on the turn.
HUNTER JACK (3rd) got 2L clear into the straight, but got run down by MY PSYCHIATRIST (1st), who kept lifting down the straight after looking beaten. MULTIFACETS (2nd) fought on the line well too and MONTAUK (4th) sprinted best from the pack.
Racing's a funny thing. MY PSYCHIATRIST looked beaten on the turn, however there's nothing in the sectionals to say she was under duress. Three 11.6's to finish the race off suggests she simply lacks a sprint and sustains her run right to the line. Even further should be better! MONTAUK the other interesting run ripping home from the back. He's ready to win again now. Follow MY PSYCHIATRIST and MONTAUK.
Second-up is best for this big guy
|1||High Midnight||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||6||59.0|
|2||Reincarnate||James Cummings||Andrew Adkins||11||56.0|
|3||Onemorezeta||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||14||59.0|
In The Running
PAINTE jumped best and took the box seat. HIGH MIDNIGHT and REINCARNATE pushed to a clear lead at a STRONG tempo.
HIGH MIDNIGHT (1st) and REINCARNATE (2nd) both settled down to a duel and fought right to the line, the winner holding a slight margin all the way. ONEMOREZETA (3rd) ran on down the outside and PAINTE (4th) wasn't far away. A gap to the rest.
HIGH MIDNIGHT's great second-up record continued and REINCARNATE showed that 1400m (and even further?) was his future. A hint of ON-PACE bias helped them, but they did roll along at a STRONG tempo, getting the rest 'off the bit' chasing early on. ONEMOREZETA was good from the back. She's a fit mare and might be hard to place in the coming months. BELIEVE YOURSELF was poor and came back with multiple lacerations to both hind legs [vet]. No Follows or Forgives.
Three young apprentices fight it out
|1||Hogmanay||Chris Waller||James Innes Jnr||15||57.0|
|2||Gold Ambition||Bjorn Baker||Lee Magorrian||11||61.0|
|3||King Darci||Tim Martin||Andrew Adkins||4||55.0|
In The Running
CLASSIC UNIFORM jumped to the lead and HOGMANAY worked up on the outside with KING DARCI in the box seat. GOLD AMBITION was behind them and ZATOPAZ out three wide. UNBIASED copped an early check and went back. CLASSIC UNIFORM left the fence at a STEADY tempo before the turn and KING DARCI declared the race 'on' early, booting up the inside. MOST EXALTED was check at the 300m making his run.
HOGMANAY (1st) and GOLD AMBITION (2nd) moved up together and fought right to the line in a close finish. KING DARCI (3rd) and CLASSIC UNIFORM (4th) narrowly in-front of a hard-finishing KANDINSKY (5th).
Brave again from HOGMANAY, who was so dominant the start before over the same track and distance, hard to see why he was $5.5 and UNBIASED started fav' at $5 after getting beaten by the same horse the start before. UNBIASED (9th) didn't have much go right but still didn't hit the line. Further and wetter better for him now. GOLD AMBITION so close and ready to win third-up, while both KANDISKY (flew home!) and MOST EXALTED (checked) probably did enough from the back. It was great to see the three young apprentices fill the top spots! Follow KANDINSKY, HOGMANAY and GOLD AMBITION. Forgive MOST EXALTED.
A smash 'em up derby in the last!
|1||Isorich||Wayne Seelin||Andrew Adkins||15||58.5|
|2||Quantrill||Matthew Smith||James Doyle||16||58.0|
|3||Sonic Swish||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||17||58.0|
In The Running
OPEN BOOK jumped well and rolled along at a STRONG tempo with pressure from NOBLE JOEY and THE LITTLERACKETEER. ISORICH wide with some cover behind them, but was pushed wide on the turn. There was plenty of interference in the straight as the leaders tired.
ISORICH (1st) moved up out wide and held off the swoopers QUANTRILL (2nd) and SONIC SWISH (3rd). NOBLE JOEY (4th) and plenty of unlucky runners behind.
This was no classic Derby, this was a smash 'em up derby. As the leaders tired, HAND FROM ABOVE (5th), ROCK MYLADY (9th), LOUIE SEA KAY (11th) and WHAT COULD BE (13th) all ran into dead ends, LOUIE SEA KAY and WHAT COULD BE copping the worse of it. One of them should have won! The top three had clear running and weren't part of the early speed battle, although ISORICH and QUANTRILL were obviously under-rated in the market after good runs two starts ago. Forgive HAND FROM ABOVE, ROCK MYLADY, LOUIE SEA KAY and WHAT COULD BE.