Yard to the Post | Run to the Rose Day

Race Day: Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 14 September 2019


There was more track bias for punters to deal with today, a six-metre rail position, south-easterly breeze and firm ground helping those near pace and nearer the rails.

Thankfully that didn't stop the new star of Sydney racing ARCADIA QUEEN from winning the feature Theo Marks Stakes, the athletic mare picking up her rivals and dropping them a furlong from home, surging clear for a big win over the brave TROPE running on against the bias out wide.

She is not unlike Winx in the way she looks and races, but we don't want to get ahead of ourselves just yet..

The other feature, the Run to the Rose, was taken out by Godolphin's BIVOUAC, who turned up in better order third-up and broke clear from YES YES YES and short favourite EXCEEDANCE chasing behind. EXCEEDANCE had beaten BIVOUAC last start in a very slowly run 1,100 metres and the tables were turned up in distance, a great sign for the winner's finishing strength ahead of the 1,400 metres Group One Golden Rose. 

In other races, the leader and an inside runner dominated the Dulcify for three-year-olds, Waterhouse's JUST THINKIN' just holding off Godolphin's SUBEDAR. The flashing SHADOW HERO and CASTELVECCHIO out wide two gallopers to follow up in distance this spring.

And there were good wins to SHOCK ALERT and IRUKANDJI for Bjorn Baker earlier in the day.

A full review will be on-line Monday 1pm.



Track Info

Rail+6m
ConditionsGOOD 4
WeatherFINE
BiasON-PACE NEAR RAILS

Race 1 TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP

Inside runs set the tone for the day

steady tempo
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Haames Colt Prosser Andrew Adkins 9 56.0
2 Storm Attack Wayne Wilkes Jay Ford 1 53.0
3 Poor Corner Dale Wagstaff Brock Ryan 16 53.0

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

POOR CORNER took up the running and controlled a STEADY tempo. JUMPER LEADS settled outside the leader. AUTUMN RIDGE out 3W NC and GEM DEALER out 4W NC at the back, the inside bias putting them out of the race.

The Result

HAAMES (1st) got the inside runs and drove through. STORM ATTACK (2nd 0.1L) fighting on up the inside and POOR CORNER (3rd 0.5L) held on for a place. EQUAL BALANCE (4th 0.7L) running on wider and SCHAPPOSE (5th 0.9L) not far away.

The Interest

A track with plenty of tricks reared it's head early, the fav' GEM DEALER finishing 13th 7.4L behind the winner after getting stuck out in the 'quicksand' out wide. The old boy POOR CORNER (9YO) getting the peachy run on-pace for an unexpected place at 80/1. HAAMES a solid Highway horse that got the breaks to win. WEATHER CHANNEL (7th 2.2L) and NICCONITA (8th 2.3L) didn't get much room trying to make ground through the pack. AUTUMN RIDGE (11th 5.5L) wide and pulled up 2/5 lame. You can probably excuse NOTHIN’ LIKE HARRY (12th 6.8L) too, a big grinding type who got badly out-sprinted out wide too.


Race 2 EVEREST CARNIVAL HANDICAP

No shock that Nash lifts home another winner

steady tempo : long sprint
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Shock Alert Bjorn Baker Nash Rawiller 6 57.5
2 Humbolt Current Chris Waller James McDonald 5 57.0
3 Lady Cuvee Chris Waller Brock Ryan 1 57.5

In The Yard

LADY CUVEE a nice type getting fitter all the time, close to fitness now. Most others looking good, HUMBOLT CURRENT strongly-built. COGLIERE looking great. PERFECT RHYME and PIRATE BEN plain types that probably lack the class/acceleration on this track. ALL TIARA lighter than most and anxious in the yard.

In The Running

PERFECT RHYME took up the running, got a STEADY early section and then set off for a LONG SPRINT home. SHOCK ALERT with the trail behind the leader and HUMBOLT CURRENT having to do a bit of work to get into a spot near pace (not much cover).

The Result

SHOCK ALERT (1st) and HUMBOLT CURRENT (2nd 0.2L) staged a two-horse war down the length of the straight. A gap back to the trio of LADY CUVEE (3rd 4L), LE LUDE (4th 4.3L) and COGLIERE (5th 4.5L) chasing.

The Interest

SHOCK ALERT was so brave when 3W NC on a wet track and he got the perfect set-up here to win, a nice trail into the race and the right spot on the track. Nash Rawiller putting the finishing touches on as James McDonald loomed. Given the money for HUMBOLT CURRENT and the little bit of work he had to do early, it looks like he is right at his peak and can win next time. LADY CUVEE improving and COGLIERE going pretty well, he hasn't got a great Rosehill record and came wider on the track for his run (bias against).


Race 3 HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP

The dry weather suits Bjorn Baker again

strong tempo
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Irukandji Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 1 56.5
2 Juventus Kris Lees James McDonald 2 56.5
3 Angel Of Heaven Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 7 57.0

In The Yard

IRUKANDJI muscular, well and better suited to dry. SUPER TYCOON a light lean athletic horse that needs it wet. JUVENTUS only a plain type in the yard with some of his winter coat. FABRICATOR quite a solid type and probably not fit yet. ANGEL OF HEAVEN with less bulk and looking quite fit fresh, probably lacking a turn-of-foot over this distance.

In The Running

DISSOLUTE took up the running and really rolled along at a STRONG tempo with BULL MARKET working up outside the lead. IRUKANDJI got the trail up on the inside (box seat) with JUVENTUS following him.

The Result

IRUKANDJI (1st) hit the lead and fought hard to hold off JUVENTUS (2nd 0.2L). A big gap back to ANGEL OF HEAVEN (3rd 4.5L) chasing up the inside.

The Interest

Some huge margins here after DISSOLUTE went far too quick in the lead. IRUKAUNDJI finding his perfect race and JUVENTUS improving nicely into his prep, he could clean up in the coat now a bit and be hard to beat next start. On time ratings they both went enormous, but we're being cautious on this 'strange' Rosehill track today. ANGEL OF HEAVEN back for a good prep over longer distances and ADANA (6th 7.7L) hopeless on the firm ground.


Race 4 ROSEHILL BOWLING CLUB HANDICAP

Tommy times his run to perfection

slow tempo : long sprint
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Gayatri Chris Waller Tommy Berry 6 58.0
2 Dabiyr Chris Waller James McDonald 4 59.5
3 Costello David Payne Nash Rawiller 9 58.0

In The Yard

DABIYR looked great in the yard; strong, robust and well. Most fine though, COSTELLO just a touch of sweat, but not anxious. CASTEL SANT’ANGELO (small) and CURATA PRINCESS (lightly-framed) fine, but could be exposed on the big open firm Rosehill track.

In The Running

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO took up the running and only set a SLOW tempo with DABIYR outside the lead. COSTELLO midfield with GAYATRI behind him, Tommy Berry making a move on GAYATRI 650m out and leaving COSTELLO held up slightly on his inside turning for home.

The Result

GAYATRI (1st) kept coming and ran down DABIYR (2nd 1.3L)), who had hit the lead 400m from home. COSTELLO got clear and ran on (3rd 2.1L).

The Interest

A gem of a ride from Tommy Berry here, taking off early to put Nash Rawiller's COSTELLO in a pocket on the turn, Losing momentum briefly might have been crucial on a biased track. DABIYR solid on-pace and may have hit the lead a touch early given CASTEL SANT’ANGELO took off for such a long sprint home. MRS MADRID (4th 3.1L) and DESERT PATH (5th 4.4L) out wider on the track. Don't be too harsh on CASTEL SANT’ANGELO (6th 5.7L) and CURATA PRINCESS (7th 7L), who can figure back in grade in tougher conditions (not dry Rosehill types). A few wet trackers out the back that can improve next time too if conditions suit.


Race 5 DULCIFY STAKES

An easy lead again for Waterhouse and Bott

slow tempo : long sprint
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Just Thinkin' Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11 56.0
2 Subedar James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1 56.0
3 Shadow Hero Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 14 56.0

In The Yard

SHADOW HERO a solid robust type not quite there in the coat yet. CASTELVECCHIO neat, ready and on his toes. SHINING EAGLE quite anxious and not there in the coat yet.

In The Running

JUST THINKIN’ got the lead and controlled a SLOW tempo, unbelievably no others pressuring on a biased track. FASANO outside the lead and REFORMIST 3W NC. TRUE DETECTIVE, SUPERIUM and LANDO BAY were keen back in the pack off the slow speed.

The Result

JUST THINKIN' (1st) kicked strongly, finishing in 11.28/11.23/11.68 to win, with SUDEBAR (2nd 0.4L) chasing hard up the inside. SHADOW HERO (3rd 2.2L) worked to the outside and surged hard late with CASTELVECCHIO (4th 2.4L) chasing hard from the back.

The Interest

Almost a repeat of JUST THINKIN's debut win, an easy lead on a heavily-biased track. All you can do is win though and he has upside. SUDEBAR with every chance too. The biggest runs in the race clearly SHADOW HERO and CASTELVECCHIO out wider, both running amazing final 400m sections to make up many lengths on a biased track. SHADOW HERO with improvement to come in the yard and will be very hard to beat in the Spring Champion/Derby. CASTELVECCHIO an enigma that tries the Golden Rose next, he could win almost any 1400m to 2000m race if the tempo is honest, a horse always back and struggling 500m out before flying late.


Race 6 SYDNEY MARKETS RUN TO THE ROSE

Form turnarounds ahead of the grand final

steady tempo
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Bivouac James Cummings Joshua Parr 6 57.0
2 Yes Yes Yes Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 4 57.5
3 Exceedance Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 5 57.0

In The Yard

EXCEEDANCE looked well again, strong and relaxed, not up on his toes like he was first-up though. YES YES YES strong, well, but quite fresh in the yard. BIVOUAC better now third-up, a shinier coat, but perhaps not as powerful as the other fav's.

In The Running

HIGHTAIL took up the running at a STEADY tempo (on the fair side) with BIVOUAC moving up on his outside.

The Result

BIVOUAC kicked on and was too strong for YES YES YES (2nd 2L) and EXCEEDANCE (3rd 2.2L).

The Interest

Three top quality colts and the new Golden Rose favourite BIVOUAC was the strongest today in the final lead-up. Many had him profiled as a wet-tracker (including us), but he clearly has strength on firm ground. He looked better in the yard today and he definitely enjoys a more honest tempo, which he didn't get over 1100m in the wet when EXCEEDANCE beat him. YES YES YES (bit fresh in yard, could improve) and EXCEEDANCE (bit wider on track, but every chance) safely held over the final 100m. KUBRICK (4th 5L) with a few lengths to make up and DAWN PASSAGE (5th 7.8L) (keen, 1/5 lame) just plain. A strange ride on HIGHTAIL (8th 12.1L), a horse that seems to prefer cover.


Race 7 TOOHEYS 150TH BIRTHDAY THEO MARKS STAKES

The Queen too classy this time

fair tempo : long sprint
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Arcadia Queen Grant & Alana Williams James McDonald 1 56.0
2 Trope Julius Sandhu Tommy Berry 11 53.0
3 Gem Song Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 10 55.0

In The Yard

ARCADIA QUEEN long, balanced, athletic and very fit first-up. Is she a true sprinter though? VOLPE VELOCE a bit dusty in the coat over from NZ. DEPLOY not quite there in the coat either. EL DORADO DREAMING the lightest in the yard, lacking power.

In The Running

DEPLOY took up the running at FAIR tempo early before getting going into the turn, ensuring a LONG SPRINT home. ARCADIA QUEEN tracked up nicely into race edging wider. TOM MELBOURNE stuck wide no cover midfield, TROPE getting cover 3W.

The Result

ARCADIA QUEEN (1st) kicked on for a clear win, TROPE (2nd 1.8L) running on well out wide and GEM SONG surging up the inside late (3rd 2.1L).

The Interest

She's a long athletic type that profiles as a 1600m+ horse, but that didn't matter today as she dispatched of a G2 sprint field with ease, the testing speed from DEPLOY giving her a lovely drag into the race. Is she an Everest horse? The jury is still out despite the win. TROPE (wide bias against) and GEM SONG very good from the back. REDOUBLE (4th 3.6L) solid up in grade for the in-form Baker stable.


Race 8 SCHWEPPES SHERACO STAKES

A minuscule margin in a typical mares race

slow tempo
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Mizzy Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry 9 55.0
2 Fasika Joseph Pride Kerrin McEvoy 8 54.0
3 Champagne Cuddles Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 2 56.0

In The Yard

Most well, READY TO PROPHET perhaps 95% fit. PRETTY IN PINK small and lacked muscle. FASIKA a lovely type, strength and balance.

In The Running

MISSY took up the running from ALASSIO at a SLOW tempo only, FASIKA moving up 3W NC with CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES with the trail behind her. DYSLEXIC not getting held up behind the tiring ALASSIO.

The Result

MIZZY (1st) kicked on under riding to hold off FASIKA (2nd 0.2L) and CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES (3rd 0.4L) chasing hard. The unlucky DYSLEXIC (4th 1.9L) strong through the line late.

The Interest

MIZZY got the perfect run and the win, a tough reliable mare that is going very well this prep. Perhaps FASIKA (wide) and DYLSEXIC (badly held up) were the best runs in the race though. FASIKA a lovely type ready for 1400m+ now. CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES doing what she does best, chasing in a close finish. No knock NOIRE (5th 2.1L), who chased solidly out wider (bias against) and I AM EXCITED (7th 3.7L), who didn't find much room at the back.


Race 9 FUGEN CONSTRUCTIONS SPRINT

A nightmare for punters in the last

steady tempo
Bias: on-pace , rails-3w in straight

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Spanish Dream Paul Cave Ms Kathy O'Hara 12 52.0
2 Star Boy Brett Cavanough Jason Collett 9 56.5
3 God of Thunder Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 10 53.5

In The Yard

GOD OF THUNDER looked great, muscular and fit. SPANISH DREAM well, but not as powerful as most others. STAR BOY perhaps 90-95% fit.

In The Running

MALAHAT took up the running at a STEADY tempo (on fair side) with SPANISH DREAM on his outside. GOD OF THUNDER was 3W NC midfield and pushed 6W on the turn as he tracked into the race. CATCH ME a touch keen at the back.

The Result

SPANISH DREAM (1st) kicked to the lead and held on in a blanket finish. STAR BOY (2nd 0.3L) right there with GOD OF THUNDER (3rd 0.7L) brave out wider after a tough run.

The Interest

Salt into the wounds. After a tough day for many on the punt, fav' GOD OF THUNDER had to deal with a torrid run (3W, then pushed 6W on the turn) before only just getting beaten. He's flying and can win next start. CATCH ME (5th 1L) better back in grade running on out wide against the bias. Kathy O'Hara deserves credit for sneaking the consistent SPANISH DREAM home.



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