Last week’s Rosehill meeting was supposed to crank up anticipation for the great battles ahead. It was not totally successful.
Round One of the presumed epic contest between Fiorente and It’s a Dundeel was not only indecisive….it cast doubts on their star pairing as Silent Achiever and Carlton House stole the show.
The mares once again provided a thrilling spectacle highlighted by a typically daring Pumper ride to get Steps In Time home over a brave Sweet Idea – but the best performed of this autumn’s mares, Appearance, deferring to this week’s big prize, has subsequently gone amiss and been retired.
And no “bolter” emerged from the 2 yr olds to threaten Earthquake’s grip on Slipper favouritism despite her victory lacking conclusive authority.
So we hope for greater clarification at this Saturday’s black inked fixture – a fantastic cast dampened by a sodden track that may again confuse rather than clarify where some of these horses are in their critical campaigns.
My sketchy reading of the radars has the western suburbs not as “deluged” but, nevertheless, punters will want to look for webbed feet and trainers will be ruing some ruined revenue raisers!
On a fantastic fixture list, the 3 Group Ones offer variety, quality and prestige.
The Galaxy (SR6, 1100m, $400k, Hcp), for the sprinters, is the weakest of the “premiums” – Snitzerland (2) offers the class, Villa Verde (9) the challenge and Rain Affair (4) the spruik in the mud.
The George Ryder (SR7, 1500m, $1m, WFA) is (despite the disAppearance) a fabulous race. Boban just might be back, but Red Tracer is a proven swimmer. Plenty of chances.
The Rosehill Guineas (Sr8, 2000m, $500k, 3yo, SW) has stood the test of time. Puccini, Dissident and Shamus Award will rightly lead markets but there’ll be plenty of specs at roughies in the mud.
One that I will probably back on Saturday is Scorpio Queen in the last – a classy mare suited in the get out (SR9).
Even Russell Crowe might struggle to muster and master the animals in this weekend’s wet!
Tomorrow’s Albury Gold Cup Day (Friday), featuring a star studded Cup with all the top stables and hoops on course as well as the cleverly named Flat Knacker for the dashers, will be water damaged, and it is even worse as you push seawards. Hopefully another “bucket lister”, Saturday’s Streaky Bay Cup Day over on SA’s Eyre Peninsula, manages to have a fine day for its annual highlight.
Down here in Melbourne the footy swamps all other sporting pursuits – cricket finals, Victory battles, etc – and Money Valley will be desolate despite offering excellent prizemoney and facilities.
Might sneak down there for a couple of races or else tune in at a VFL venue.
Either way I’ll be looking for an earn. Any tips welcomed.