Not surprisingly the Chris Waller trained The Autumn Sun dominates the opening market for the $600,000, Group 1 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday at $1.60 with TAB.com.au. One TAB punter early Wednesday afternoon placed $110,000 at $1.65 on The Autumn Sun.
The Redoute’s Choice colt has claimed four Group 1 races in his impressive CV of seven wins and a third from eight starts with stakes earnings of $3,138,121. The colt won the Group 1 Randwick Guineas over 1600m at Randwick on March 9th coming from the rear of the field to run down the two fillies Fundamentalist and Nakeeta Jane.
The step up to 2000m for the first time will be easily within his scope and the Heavy track conditions are unlikely to present any difficulty after his Group 1 JJ Atkins win on a Heavy 8 at Doomben as a two-year-old. He also won the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill on February 23rd on a Soft 7 should the track improve over the coming days from the current Heavy 9 rating.
Kerrin McEvoy rides with barrier three.
New Zealand form takes over the next lines in the market with the Baker and Forsman trained Pins gelding Madison County (NZ) next at $8.00 following his fourth in the Randwick Guineas. Tommy Berry rides with barrier nine.
Tony Pike’s Rock ‘N’ Pop gelding Surely Sacred (NZ) is next at $11.00 after his fifth in the New Zealand Derby over 2400m at Ellerslie on March 2nd while the winner of the Derby, Stephen Marsh’s Medaglia d’Oro colt Crown Prosecutor, is out at $16.00.
The field of 13 starts as Race 4 at 2.25pm.
The Rosehill track is currently rated a Heavy 9 after 34mm of rain over the last 24 hours and 141.5mm in the last seven days. The rail will be out 3m for the entire circuit.
Rosehill’s weather heading into Saturday has a forecast for Thursday of a partly cloudy day with a medium (60%) chance of showers with 2mm-8mm and 26c. Friday is partly cloudy with a slight (30%) chance of showers with 0mm-1mm and 26c and Saturday is also partly cloudy with 19c – 28c.
The Autumn Sun (right) winning the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill, picture Stevehart.com.au