Rosehill Race 1: 1st ($8.50): The 4yo daughter of All Too Hard has become a regular in our black booker articles and she showed why on Saturday. Parading well but with further improvement and fitness to come, she relished the strong tempo set up by Mollyfied and Mandylion and put them to the sword by 2.5L on the line.
Despite getting the perfect run given the prevailing pattern of the day, all signs point to her going on with it next start. Not at her ideal fitness level or distance range with 61.5kg she’s savaged the line in 34.43s for the final 600m. Given the other 1500m race on the day was won by Paret running a 35.11s last 600m, that’s some serious time.
Possible Targets: 1600m BM88 at Randwick on 01/09
Rosehill Race 5: 1st ($5.50): The now 3yo son of Star Whiteness kept his unbeaten record in tact over the weekend with by far his best performance to date in the San Domenico Stakes. In a typical Collett up the inside ride, Graff powered through undoubtedly the worst going with ease (34.28s last 600m) and put a quality field to bed. This looks the superior Spring lead-up.
Unlike in his previous win over 1300m where he came off the bit prior to turning, the colt’s mind remained on the job thanks to the application of blinkers for the first time. With further improvement to come in his coat and fitness levels, he already looks very hard to beat in the Golden Rose. A sentiment echoed by Kris Lees both pre and post-race. A trainer who’s airborne and probably has the best crop of 3yo’s to compare to.
Possible Targets: 1400m Golden Rose.
Moonee Valley Race 6: 2nd ($10): Looks a very typical team Williams Cup contender does the lightly raced 5yo by Galileo. A beautiful staying type with a great walk, he certainly turned a few heads in the parade with the late money ensuing. Just lacked the sprint of the winner Trap For Fools over 2040m who stole the race thanks to a big mid-race slow down.
Boasts some quality overseas form in beating Wings of Eagles (Epsom Derby winner) in the G3 Chester Vase over 2417m then starting $13 in both the Epsom Derby and Irish St Ledger. Proven on all types of going, has the early toe to put himself into the race and will have had the historically important first Australian prep under his belt; he ticks plenty of boxes going into a Melbourne Cup campaign.
Possible Targets: Melbourne Cup
Graff: At $9 (Neds) for the Golden Rose looks a steal. It’s tough to see him starting longer on the day as the Sydney horses look to have an edge once again.
Our Venice Beach: A peanut at $41 (Ladbrokes) knowing this will be his target.