Selections based on a soft to heavy track.
Race 1 – 2:20PM RACING AND SPORTS PLATE (1300 METRES)
6. Tartaglia made a handy debut behind what looks a smart youngster running into third at Rosehill. Seemed to handle the sting out of the ground OK there and an extra 200m should be in his favour. Has to get through a softer track this time but looks hard to beat.
Dangers: 4. Linebacker should pose a threat on debut on the back of a strong trial win where stablemate Getafix finished third. That horse has since won. Imagine he’ll look to sit up on the speed and if he runs up to his trial he’ll go close. 2. Counterpart ran a slashing race in the Breeders’ Plate at his only start back in September, running on from last to be beaten 2.6 lengths. Has trialled and is one to keep an eye one. 1. Bosustow made some ground in the same race as Tartaglia to finish a couple of lengths behind that horse. Open to improvement if he likes the ground.
How to play it: Tartaglia to win and trifecta 6/1,2,4/1,2,4.
Race 2 – 2:55PM FARNAN YEARLINGS SELLING NOW PLATE (1200 METRES)
4. Ducasse won’t know himself in a maiden after tackling Group 2 and 3 races for most of his career so far. Beaten under two lengths by Tom Kitten at 1300m fresh last prep and ended the spring with a close third at group 2 level over a mile. Nice trial, handles wet ground and with even luck should take beating.
Dangers: 11. Redbreast trialled very well in her first hitout then possibly not as strong in the second when run down late over 1050m. Pushes forward from the wide gate and has to be respected. 2. Detendu made a handy debut at this track on Australia Day where he was run down after sitting on the speed. Fitter for it, won a trial on a soft 7 and should be in this for a long way. 7. Listentozou was a shade disappointing here last start when solid in betting, if you forgive that and go on previous two runs this prep he’s worth another chance.
How to play it: Ducasse to win and trifecta 4/2,7,11/2,7,11.
Race 3 – 3:30PM EARTHLIGHT FIRST YEARLINGS HANDICAP (2400 METRES)
1. Oakfield Wallaby backs up after a solid third over 1800m last week where she was strong through the line and looking for more ground. She has a good winning record and while up quickly in trip she should be in the finish again.
Dangers: 5. California Grass was too good at Wyong two runs back before an even fourth over this trip at Rosehill. Back in class, likes the wet a bit and sure to be competitive. 4. Suit Of Armour is coming through the grades well with his maiden win followed by a grinding Class 1 win at Kembla Grange over 2000m. Bit stronger now in this class but hard to ignore the horse on the way up. 6. Yarrawonga revelled in heavy 10 conditions to win easily at Kembla in a Class 1 before leading and boxing on OK over 2400m at Rosehill back on a good track. Likely leader proven in the ground and is a definite chance.
How to play it: Oakfield Wallaby to win.