The racing is started to heat up in Sydney ahead of what promises to be an outstanding Autumn carnival.
The Hobartville Stakes and Silver Slipper are the feature races at Rosehill on Saturday and our full Tips and Preview can be found here.
The Snitzel colt Splintex is at the top of the weights in the Spark Of Life and I think he is a young horse with plenty of ability. Robbie Dolan will get the claim and with even luck from barrier seven I think he can get our day off to a winning start and backable odds.
This is a very difficult Highway race to assess however I think there is some value with Boom Gate jumping from barrier five. The lightly raced four year old gelding is currently $11.00 and with a bit of luck in running I think he can run a cheeky race.
Cellsabeel has been scratched from a number of races in the past week or so but the Maher and Eustace camp have settled on the Silver Slipper to continue her prep. She is a very short priced favourite but I am struggling to find anything in the race to get her beaten. She is a live chance heading toward the Golden Slipper later in the carnival.
Savatiano is a top class mare with a very good first up record and although this is a very good edition of the Millie Fox Stakes, she does look the one to beat. The even money does like about the right price and you can take solace in the fact that she handles the soft ground if there is any rain around. She has drawn perfectly in barrier three and she has only five runners to navigate around.
Wagner very rarely runs a bad race and he is already an open race winner at The Valley back in November. He has drawn well in barrier four with James McDonald steering and he again looks the one to beat in this contest.
River Bird represents good value at his current quote of $10 and the four year old is being asked to carry just the 52kg in this contest. There looks plenty of speed in this race and with a bit of luck from the barrier, you can look for the four year old mare to be storming over them late.
It is hard to ignore Etana’s super win on the Gold Coast early in the new year and although it had been a while in between wins for the four year old mare, she has managed to win five of her 16 race starts. She has been freshened up for this race and it looks perfect for her and she has drawn perfectly.
Microphone presents as the obvious pick in what shapes as a fantastic Hobartville Stakes over the 1400m. He has the fitness edge on a number of these horses who are resuming and his overall record as a race horse is very good. Hugh Bowman will have a tricky gate to overcome however with even luck and a bit of pace on up front, he will go very close.
Shadow Hero is a very well put together individual who is very professional in the way he goes about his racing. He won the Spring Champion Stakes in the Spring and although he will be looking for further ground, I think he can be very competitive at the 1400m/1600m as well. His recent trials suggest he is going well enough to be competitive first up and he is worth an each way play.
I don’t think we have seen the best of Wren’s Day yet and he can kick off his Autumn campaign with a win in this race. He has had two runs since arriving in Australia from France and both have been full of merit and in tougher races than he contests here. His recent barrier trials heading into this first up assignment have been good and he represents value particularly as I think there is a false favourite in the race in Cradle Mountain.
Agassi is a horse with plenty of ability and the four year old gelding has been racing well without winning so far this prep. He has been asked to carry the big weight at his last two runs and he will appreciate the drop in weight for this contest. He has drawn well and is each way odds. He can finish our day on a very good note with a win.