It’s one of the most-anticipated days of racing at Rosehill this Saturday where the Group 1 Golden Rose is the featured race of the day.
The $1 million feature is just one of nine quality betting races at Rosehill and we haven’t forgotten about racing at Caulfield.
The Victorian venue hosts a good betting card with no major races, but big fields and plenty of value to be snapped up.
Rosehill free tips & form
Race 1. (12:15) Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Handicap (1100m)
Paret was a big winner on debut when it wasn’t really expected.
The James Cummings-trained three-year-old was a $9 chance on debut at Canterbury, but he showed a significant turn-of-foot to score by almost a length.
Trained by Chris Waller, the Harbour Watch colt settled at the back of the field and quickly gathered them up nearing the line. The emphatic win was a good sign on debut and it’s good to see Hugh Bowman taking the ride.
There is money with Beau Geste, but the value is with Paret.
Race 3. (13:25) Highway Handicap (1500m)
Danny Williams trains this four-year-old which won by over two lengths on debut and he showed plenty of ability last start.
The son of Bon Hoffa almost defeated Suncraze which is a good form line for this and Suncraze is a runner which could win at city level in the future.
Don’t Give a Damn isn’t bred to be winning at high levels, but he’s showing tremendous fight and he could progress through the grades nicely.
Race 4. (14:00) Ranvet Handicap (2000m)
We’re expecting Up ‘n’ Rolling to start shorter than its current quote of $2.
The Waller-trained five-year-old has looked well above average since arriving from New Zealand and he could have been unbeaten in Australia with a touch of luck.
He didn’t get ridden well at Newcastle and was ridden shockingly at Canterbury, but a rider change has seen the gelding live up to his potential.
He won by over three lengths at Canterbury on August 16 and he always had plenty in the tank when winning at Randwick last start. He’s the class act of this field and he should be winning.
Race 5. (14:35) Schweppes Shannon Stakes (1500m)
Good Project represents each way value at nice odds.
The six-year-old might appear to be past his best, but it was only 10 months ago that he was finishing second in the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot.
Since then he’s had only two starts and one of them was a fifth-place finish in the Stradbroke. He might not have run his best in the Theo Marks when fresh up last start, but he returns to a track where he’s had good success.
The opposition doesn’t have his class, but there’s good value in the place betting market for some insurance.
Race 8. (16:35) Golden Pendant (1400m)
The odds surrounding Bonny O’Reilly are great value considering she gets in the race well at the weights.
The Bjorn Baker-trained mare drops to 55kg for this and she won’t have to do as much work here as she did last start.
Drawing an inside barrier will suit her perfectly and allow her to settle forward without going too hard from out wide.
The current favourite is Omei Sword which hasn’t won in what feels like forever, so stick with the value chance.
Caulfield free tips and form
Race 2. (12:30) Mirabel Foundation Handicap (1600m)
Sunquest has been costly in three runs this campaign, but the trainer has belief that it will win shortly and so do we.
He’s a quality type which has been begging for longer distances, so the mile will suit and the three-year-old colt won’t have to work much from barrier two.
We envision Dwayne Dunn getting a cosy trail behind the leaders before switching wide in the straight and coming with a big late run.
Race 5. (14:15) Ladbrokes Handicao (1400m)
Trainer Robbie Laing is better known for saddling up stayers, but he tried and failed with So Si Bon at the distances, so he has reverted back to sprinting.
The four-year-old ran third in the Rosehill Guineas over 2000m, but he didn’t handle it when going 2400 in the ATC Derby. Since then he has raced in sprinting affairs and coped very well.
He ran second behind Sunday Escape and Voodoo Lad before struggling in the Bobbie Lewis Quality last start, but he’s a much better animal than that.
There’s a lack of winning form in this race and So Si Bon could take advantage.
Race 6. (14:55) Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m)
Former Japanese runner Brave Smash would have smashed its rivals at Moonee Valley last start if it had a good run in transit.
The Darren Weir-trained star travelled three-wide at The Valley which is usually a death sentence, but he gripped on to the win and even looked to be full of running at the end.
Connections have confirmed it as an Everest contender and it would need to be winning this easily to go to Sydney as a major winning chance.
There’s no doubting his ability to win and this level of racing looks right up his alley.
Race 9. (16:55) Victoria Plate (1400m)
Great odds on offer for a quality four-year-old mare who has run two nice races since its last win.
She won at Flemington in April when beating a good field and since then she has run second in the Adelaide Guineas behind Vienna Miss and she ran home well at Sandown last start.
She rises up in grade which won’t make this any easier, but drawing the rails and getting in with a light weight should give her every chance to cause the upset.