Sky Racing's form guru Paul Joice assesses the Sydney Saturday meeting and looks ahead for the stars of the track.
MISSILE STAKES DAY
Punters made the most of a welcome return to Stakes racing, cleaning up on the two feature events at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
ANDERS gave his fellow three-year-olds a towelling in the Listed Rosebud (1100m), romping home as the heavily supported $2.40 favourite. Forty minutes later it was the Joe Pride-trained EDUARDO ($2.30 fav) continuing the rout, leading throughout to win the G2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
MY TOP 3 TO FOLLOW
NEW KING – A lightly raced import from the Matt Dale stable, the son of FRANKEL took out a Benchmark 78 over 1500m courtesy of a superb James McDonald ride. Still learning and open to plenty of improvement, you can follow him as he gets out to 1600m and beyond.
SIXGUN – Reared in the air as the gates opened in the Listed Rosebud. Gave away an impossible start but recovered well to finish fifth. A good type from the Mark Newnham stable. There are plenty of races ahead for him.
IMAGING – Paraded well prior to resuming in the Missile Stakes. Finished a close-up third but struck interference approaching the final 100m and should have finished closer. Set for a big campaign.
PLEASE FORGIVE ME
PAPAL WARRIOR – Lobbed into the box-seat in the opening event but became pocketed into the straight. Eventually got across heels 200m from home but couldn’t reel in the lightly weighted winner MONTEFILIA.
ROYAL BANQUET – Posted three-wide facing the breeze and doing all of the chasing in Race Two. The $2.60 favourite tried hard in the straight but the tough run told late. With four wins from his previous five starts – this was a forgive run.
MELODY BELLE – Easy in betting first-up from a spell and raced accordingly. Had a big blow post-race and was unsuited in the small field in what developed into a sit and sprint affair. She’s a 10-time G1 winner looking for further.
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THE TAB EVEREST CONTENDERS
ANDERS – Ciaron Maher and David Eustace made a statement with this three-year-old son of NOT A SINGLE DOUBT. Raw speed and labelled the ''fastest horse in the stable''. Unlikely to be tried beyond 1200m but would certainly make it interesting if he gained a slot in The TAB Everest. Could he lead NATURE STRIP?
EDUARDO – Another natural speedster. Winning G2 weight-for-age sprint races certainly gets you noticed at this time of year. The Sheraco Stakes at Rosehill on September 12 is the next likely target.
WALKING THE TRACK
Considering the meeting was in jeopardy on Friday, the Heavy 9 track reading proved spot on. There was no obvious bias although not many runners managed to sustain a run down the outside. Handy and close to the rails looked to be the sweet spot.
THE BIG TAB MOVERS
MONTEFILIA $51 into $26 for the Flight Stakes.
ANDERS $51 into $26 for the Golden Rose. Installed at $26 for The TAB Everest.
EDUARDO $101 into $26 for The TAB Everest.
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FROM THE STEWARDS’ ROOM
Nash Rawiller earned the ire of Racing NSW Stewards on two fronts. A whip rule breach for his winning ride aboard DESERT PATH in Race Five combined with a careless riding charge for causing interference aboard Eduardo in the Missile Stakes will see Rawiller out of the saddle until September 1.
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