Microphone opens as Hobartville Stakes favourite

Godolphin’s Microphone is the opening TAB $3.50 market favourite for the $400,000, Group 2 Arrowfield Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday after a field of 12 were accepted on Wednesday.

Microphone comes back to Sydney after winning the Group 2 Autumn Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on February 8th. The Exceed And Excel colt won the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m in April and his strong finishing win at Caulfield emphasised that he is looking for the same distance and further into the autumn.

The colt has barrier 11 under Hugh Bowman.

Castlevecchio resumes after the Dundeel colt’s second place to Japan’s Horse of the Year, Lys Gracieux (JPN), in the Group 1 WS Cox Plate over 2040m at The Valley last October.

The colt, the winner of the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Randwick in April, went to 124 after the placing with Timeform’s ratings to share with Bivouac and be just behind the now retired Yes Yes Yes and Exceedance on 125 in a year considered one of the best for this age group.

Castlevecchio is on the second line of the market at $5.50. Kerrin McEvoy rides with barrier six.

Sharing $6.50 is Mark Newnham’s Shadow Hero and Chris Waller’s Kubrick, both resuming for their new campaigns. Newnham’s Pierro gelding won the Group 1 Champion Stakes over 2000m at Randwick in the spring before placing fifth in the Group 1 VRC Victoria Derby over 2500m. Kubrick was second to Prince Fawaz in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes over 1600m at Eagle Farm back in June and finished his spring winning the Bondi Stakes over 1600m at Randwick.

Shadow Hero has barrier seven for Josh Parr and Kubrick barrier 10 for Brenton Avdulla.

Warning, the VRC Derby winner, has barrier 12 for Tommy Berry and is quoted at $9.00 while Prince Fawaz has barrier one for apprentice Jean Van Overmeire and is at $17.00.

The Hobartville Stakes is Race 7 at 4.30pm.

Race 3 at 2.05pm on the nine race programme is the $250,000, Group 2 Inglis Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) with a field of eight two-year-old’s.

The Maher and Eustace trained Cellsabeel, is the $1.65 TAB favourite after the Hinchinbrook filly won by 6L over 1100m on a Heavy 8 track at Randwick back on January 18th. She has not raced since and she is the current $6.00 favourite for the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21st.

 The filly, who galloped at Randwick last Saturday between races, has barrier two for Tommy Berry.

The winner of the Silver Slipper gains a confirmed place in the field for the Slipper.

The first race of the programme commences at 12.55pm with a field of eight three-year-old’s in the $125,000, Able Doors Spark Of Life Handicap (1100m). There are a total of 101 acceptances for the meeting.

The track is rated a Heavy 9 on Wednesday after 19mm of rain in the last 24 hours and 68mm of rain in the last seven days. The rail will be out 6m for the entire circuit.

Rosehill’s weather this should allow the track to improve into raceday. Thursday and Friday’s forecast is for partly cloudy days with 25c and 26c with Saturday cloudy and 17c – 24c.

Rosehill fields

Microphone (middle) winning the Group 2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield, picture