Rosehill Gardens is the venue for Sydney metro racing this weekend and we think Godolphin will play a leading hand throughout the card while Goulburn-based trainer Danny Williams has brought a promising bush youngster to town.
Looks like we are on a Good 4 with the rail out 3m the entire circumference.
QUADDIE PICKS ( 6-7-8-9):
3,2,6,10 – 1,3,4,5,7 – 1,2,3,4 – 2,6,7,17
PRESS BOX is one of the hottest tips going around this weekend. Most experts are tipping the Chris Waller-trained filly to break her maiden here after she put in an eye-catching performance at Canterbury. On debut she wobbled around the final bend and lost plenty of momentum before charging home late. James McDonald has been on fire since returning earlier in the week and combines with the daughter of Hinchinbrook. The winning formula.
1st: No6 PRESS BOX 2nd: No4 Ronstar; 3rd: No1 Stunts; 4th: No7 River Bird
We are willing to have a go on GAULOIS. The Godolphin gelding resumed with an eye-catching run at Hawkesbury last start when finishing less than two lengths from the winner, Siren’s Fury, while the highly-rated Stonebrook was part of the beaten brigade. That form has proved to be sensational with Siren’s Fury going on to win the Dark Jewel Classic at Scone beating Schism and Ghisoni. His second-up stats are near flawless too. Definitely worth a ticket.
1st: No2 GAULOIS 2nd: No8 Hemmerle; 3rd: No6 Lisdoonvarna; 4th: No3 Smartedge
Hard to go past EPIDEMIC (BEST BET). The James Cummings-trained filly was sensational in winning at this course and distance when resuming a fortnight ago. Settling back in the pack, Epidemic produced a strong closing quarter to nab O’rachel on the line, producing the fastest 400m and 200m splits on the day. Is one-for-one second-up and has already beaten a few of her rivals that she faces today.
1st: No5 EPIDEMIC 2nd: No8 Sedition; 3rd: No9 Charlayne; 4th: No7 Goldfinch
COUP DE MAIN has been impressive winning his only two starts and has a big chance to make it a hat-trick in the TAB Highway. The gelding led throughout to hold off a big field in Class 1 company during the Wagga carnival recently and although this is a big step up, we like the way he responded when challenged in the straight. Stays at the same distance and has drawn to find the front once again from barrier two. The one they have to catch.
1st: No2 COUP DE MAIN 2nd: No3 Bocelli; 3rd: No10 Our Rosemaree; 4th: No8 Kendalman
Promising stayer ROMAN SON (NEXT BEST) will go around at tight odds but we are willing to bank on him getting the job done. The Richard Freedman-trained runner has registered back-to-back wins in devastating fashion, winning by four lengths and two-and-a-half lengths respectively. Does have to carry 60.5kgs which is the concern but he gives the indication that he is a strong gelding and it won’t bother him.
1st: No3 ROMAN SON No8 Solo Mission; 3rd: No4 Araaja; 4th: No5 The Getaway
Trainer Tony Noonan scratched MANOLO BLAHNIQ from Melbourne last week, instead preferring to see him resume in this. The talented four-year-old has form around some very handy types and trialed well at Cranbourne in preparation for this assignment. Adding merit to the 800m jumpout was the fact Group One performer Rich Charm finished behind him that day! Barrier three with Blake Shinn is a great combo.
1st: No3 MANOLO BLAHNIQ 2nd: No6 Oriental Runner; 3rd: No2 Ever So Natural; 4th: No10 Albumin
Prepared to have a go on PASSAGE OF TIME. Trainer Joe Pride has opted for the quick turnaround for the stallion who raced at Scone a week ago, running fourth to the classy Osborne Bulls after racing close to the speed over 1300m. Out to this distance won’t worry him and only carries 55kgs with Blaike McDougall’s claim.
1st: No5 PASSAGE OF TIME 2nd: No3 Special Missile; 3rd: No4 Sir Bacchus; 4th: No7 Up ‘N’ Rolling
MEDAILLE is set to run an improved race today. The Godolphin mare was sixth of eight against Crafty Cop first-up but she has terrible stats when resuming, however, her second-up starts are quite attractive. Medaille has won twice from three runs at this stage of her prep and with barrier three, she is likely to get a good run in transit from Blaike McDougall. She will carry 59kgs which is two kilos more than last start but she is dropping significantly in grade. Definitely worth a few dollars for sure.
1st: No1 MEDAILLE 2nd: No4 I Am Serious; 3rd: No2 Our Belisa; 4th: No3 Princess Posh
NOIRE is set to resume on a winning note for trainer Chris Waller. The talented four-year-old has won five of his 10 career starts and is first-up since January. Waller has given him two trials leading into this and in the first of those, he finished second but beat home stablemate Tougherthantherest which came out and won a fortnight ago in town. Has a touch of class and is the one to beat despite a lack of fitness.
1st: No2 NOIRE 2nd: No 6 Handfast; 3rd: No7 Dissolute; 4th: No17 Thaad