The Rosehill meeting on Saturday commences with an interesting field of six two-year-old’s in the $100,000, Australian Turf Club Handicap (1400m) with Gary Portelli’s Ronstar the top-weight with 58.5kg after his two starts for two wins.
The big Zoustar gelding has won both races narrowly after fighting off the challenges each time, but at the same time he had not looked like he was going to be beaten. Winona Costin rides as usual and they have barrier three.
John O’Shea’s Irish Bet was third to Ronstar at their last start over on June 2nd over 1200m at Rosehill. The Smart Missile colt has started four times for a win and two thirds. On Saturday he carries 57.5kg under Tye Angland with barrier six.
David Payne has two runners, Silent Explorer, the Lope De Vega gelding, who won his second race start at Warwick Farm over 1200m on May 30th, and Toulouse.
Keagan Latham rides Silent Explorer as he did at Warwick Farm with 56kg and barrier four while Jason Collett rides Toulouse with 54kg and barrier one.
The Hayes and Dabernig trained Redoutes’s Choice filly Pedicel starts again after her debut win at Canterbury on May 23rd with 57kg. The Coolmore owned filly drops to 54kg for this company and has Kerrin McEvoy and barrier two.
The field is completed by the Snowden trained Temeyez who comes to test himself in metropolitan company after winning at Gosford over 1600m on May 31st. The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum owned colt has 53kg under Andrew Atkins with barrier five.
The race starts at 11.25am.
Race 2 has a field of 14 three-year-old’s in the Ascot Restaurant Sale Bm 81 Handicap (1400m) with the Waller stable trained Gresham going for three wins in succession. The Sebring gelding carries 60.5kg for his previous efforts under Blake Shinn and they have barrier five.
Gresham was nominated for the Group 2 Queensland Guineas last Saturday at Doomben but was withdrawn with further racing in Sydney the plan.
From his last five starts the Star Thoroughbreds syndicated runner has won three, placed second on one and third in the other with stakes now just under the $200,000 mark.
The Kensei Handicap (2000m) is a reprise of the Eremein Handicap over 1800m at the course on June 2nd with the middle of the weights containing the first three home in the Eremein.
Chris Waller’s five-year-old Darci Brahma mare Dagney (NZ) won the Eremein carrying 53kg under Kerrin McEvoy narrowly over Gerald Ryan’s Harper’s Choice with 57.5kg and Waller’s Black On Gold (NZ) with 58kg.
On Saturday Dagney moves up to 55kg, Harper’s Choice drops to 57kg and Black On Gold drops to 57.5kg. McEvoy rides Dagney with barrier nine, Tye Angland Harper’s Choice with barrier six and Brenton Avdulla Black On Gold with barrier one.
The Kensei is Race 6 at 2.25pm.
The Waller stable’s five-year-old Sebring gelding Sir Bacchus is nominated for the Rosehill Bowling Club Bm 95 Handicap (1400m) after his return to the winner’s stall in the Octagonal Handicap over 1400m at the June 2nd meeting. It was the first win for Sir Bacchus since October 2016 after a long injury and recovery lay off.
Sir Bacchus carried 53.5kg under Tim Clark in the Octagonal and moving to the Benchmark 95 he has 59kg under Clark with the Waterhouse and Bott trained Dark Eyes the top-weight with 62kg under Josh Parr.
The Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap is Race 7 at 3.05pm.
The track is rated a Soft 7 on Wednesday after 0.5mm of rain over the past 24 hours and 40.5mm for the last seven days.
Sydney’s weather for the Rosehill region is fine and sunny with Thursday and Friday 20c and Saturday sunny with 7c – 16c.
Sir Bacchus (red) wins at Rosehill, picture Stevehart.com.au