Racing at Rosehill and local trainer Gerald Ryan has a few smart gallopers going around that will prove hard to beat on his home track here today. Our best bet is looking to make it four on the trot and has a great chance for it to happen.
Randwick is racing on a Good with the rail True.
Sticking with the Godolpin filly LABURNUM, who was a touch unlucky last start when beaten by less than a length by The Fire Trap here and looks primed to be very competitive in the opening event of the program here today. Drawn well and will be running home hard late, key player.
1st: No6 LABURNUM; 2nd: No1 Thinkin’ Big; 3rd: No2 Inherit; 4th: No8 Nobu
FALCON ISLAND led throughout last start, defeating Spinning Gold by 8 lengths at Wyong and can take that form to city class here today. Will jump, lead and be the one they all need to run down in the straight. Will go close.
1st: No3 FALCON ISLAND; 2nd: No1 Sweet Victory; 3rd: No5 The Macallan; 4th: No8 Schoolmates
NICCONITA (NEXT BEST BET) is on a seven-day back-up and looks ready to atone for her narrow defeat in the Highway Handicap at Randwick last week. Chased hard but found Gitan too good on the day. Looks well-placed to go one step better and get the victory she deserves. Sticking with her.
1st: No11 NICCONITA; 2nd: No3 Pierino; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No7 Shadow Vision; 4th: No4 Butchoy
RAQEEQ just missed on this track last start when beaten by a nose to Vaucluse Bay. Will be rock hard fit third-up and is due for a change of luck here today. Trainer and jockey have a great strike rate when combining and we expect this gelding to settle near the rear and be saved for one big crack at them in the straight. Down in the weights, well-placed.
1st: No12 RAQEEQ; 2nd: No5 Veladero; 3rd: No3 Just Shine; 4th: No2 Hallelujah Boy
The lightly-raced Gerald Ryan Colt CONDOR HEROES resumes from a break but has had the benefit of two trial leading into this and is racing on his home track here today. Raced in some handy races last preparation including two Group 3’s here and Randwick. Has plenty of pace and looks the one to beat.
1st: No5 CONDOR HEROES; 2nd: No2 Piracy; 3rd: No4 Tip Top; 4th: No7 Agent D’Or
PARET launched late when beaten by 1.3 lengths on this track last start and looks well-placed to atone for that narrow defeat here today. Has placed twice on the track, does carry an extra 4kgs on previous effort, but we expect a huge effort from this lightly-raced gelding out of the Chris Waller stable here today.
1st: No10 PARET; 2nd: No6 Snitzel Day; 3rd: No9 You Make Me Smile; 4th: No3 Groundbreak
Drawn to get the run of the race, FLOW can bounce back into the winner’s circle in a very open Winter Challenge over the 1500meters here today. Beaten by 2.8 lengths last start by the inform Albulmin who just keeps on winning. We expect a better effort from this Godophin galloper who looks well-placed and represents great each way value.
1st: No16 FLOW; 2nd: No4 Invinzabeel; 3rd: No2 Testashadow; 4th: No8 Liapari
ALBUMIN (BEST BET) is racing in career best form, winning his past three starts and we can’t see why he won’t make it four on the trot here today on his home track. Chased hard to defeat Insensata by half a length on this track last start, will be rock hard fit and ready to strike again. Ticks all the boxes, the one to beat.
1st: No6 ALBUMIN; 2nd: No3 Souchez; 3rd: No7 Goodfella; 4th: No13 Star of Monsoon
Tough race to close the program, but we are sticking with the inform SWEET SCANDAL to make it a hattrick of victories here today. Looked good when leading all the way for an impressive victory at Warwick Farm last start. Has the form and looks ready to take the next step up in grade. Key player.
1st: No11 SWEET SCANDAL; 2nd: No2 Envy of All; 3rd: No1 Upscale; 4th: No3 Istria