Racing this weekend continues at some of Australia`s premier racing destinations. This time we`re focusing on Saturday`s meets at Rosehill and Caulfield, with an exciting field of racing guaranteed from each one.
ROSEHILL (9 races, start 12.10pm AUS, 2.10am UK)
Rosehill Gardens is the main track of the Australian Turf Club in Western Sydey, home to the city’s biggest horse race, the Golden Slipper Stakes. It`s run on the day first Saturday in April and is the richest in the world for two-year-olds. Plus It is the only meeting in Australia that has five Group I races on the day. Rain over the last few days in Sydney has left the track heavy and a forecast of cloudy and overcast on the day.
Race 1: 12.10pm AUS, 3.10pm UK #theraceshandicap (2000m).
The one to watch in this early race is Chris Waller trained My Giuliano, who hasn’t finished more than fourth in his preparation five runs and was a runner-up behind Allision at Canterbury last start over 1900 metres. Firebird Flyer has won twice recently at Warwick Farm and Randwick and is doing well at the weights but Birds of Toyko will take lots of running down, fresh from his last two wins.
My Giuliano: £3.75 FP
Firebird Flyer: £3.75 FP
Birds of Tokyo: £3.75 FP
Race 3: 1.20pm AUS, 4.20am UK St Mary`s RSL Handicap (1400m)
The run away favourite Evacuation, winner in his start at Kembla Grange last April, has tightened up his odds to £2.30 fixed price after two barrier trial wins on his home track.
Meanwhile, Swear is back on form after his trial and leaves behind an impressive record as winner of the Claret Stakes at Hawkesbury. Sezanne has been runner-up in two of three in her first preparation and did well Canterbury resuming bringing home a win and should place well in the St Mary`s RSL Handicap.
Evacuation: £2.30 FP
Sezanne: £7.50 FP
Swear: £6.50 FP
CAULFIELD (9 races, start 12.25pm AUS, 02.25am UK)
This weekend at the Heath sees the return of the Group III Cockram Stakes, the 1200 metre race for mares four years and older comes in with an impressive prize money pot of €150,000. Caulfield Racecourse is regarded as one of the best thoroughbred racing and events venues in Australia with its first race held in 1859. A combination of rough bush, heath, and sand hills in its early days earn`t Caulfield its nickname “The Heath”. Now up to 500 horses and trainers call Caulfield home.
Cockram stakes: Race 9: 5.20pm AUS 8.20am UK 1200m
This weekend the track is soft but that should not pose too much of a problem for the field Cockram stakes is the last race on Caulfield`s card this Saturday. Amongst the field and looking to place are mare`s Don’t Doubt Mamma and the Darren Weir-trained Telopea who both have good records and are in great form on the early odds. Although Don`t Doubt Mama has a history of launching late and so could be overran by the promising Thames Court. She was the group three level winner two runs back and has high hopes for finishing well in the Cockram stakes.
Ones to watch include early favourite Ocean Embers, who launches late with a similar style to Don`t Doubt Mama and has won two of her last three starts. A promising choice is KayJay`s Joy who could be the surprise horse in this race if she fires fresh which she looks likely to do.
Don`t Doubt Mama: £7.50 FP
Talopea: £8.00 FP
Thames Court: £10 FP