Monsieur Sisu. Photo by Steve Hart.

2021 W.J McKell Cup Day Tips & Preview

Another quality card of racing is set for Saturday at Rosehill with nine races to dissect.

Our full 2021 W.J Mckell Cup Day Tips & Preview can be read below.

Race 1: 2YO Handicap (1500m) 11:30am
No. 2 Verbek

This is a very open two year old race to kick start the afternoon at Rosehill.

Verbek has been runner up in all three of his runs so far this prep including a narrow defeat at Listed level in Brisbane last start.

He will have a fitness edge on a few of these and looks the obvious choice to kick the day off on a winning note.

Race 2: Benchmark 72 Handicap (1800m) 12:05pm
SRM - No. 4 Wicklow To Win & No. 1 Crystal Pegasus Top 3

Wicklow is clearly the horse to beat in the second event of the day at Rosehill after winning two from two so far this prep.

Crystal Pegasus has been working into his prep well and was beaten just two lengths at Warwick Farm last start.

The step up in trip at this stage in his prep is ideal.

Race 3: Highway Handicap (1200m) 12:40pm
No. 7 Cavalier Charles

The Matt Dale trained Cavalier Charles is yet to miss a place from five career starts and he profiles as the perfect horse for this Highway race.

He earned his way to town with a 3.5 length win at Nowra three weeks ago and he should be ready to peak at this stage in his prep.

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Race 4: Benchmark 78 Handicap (2000m) 1:15pm
No. 2 Monsieur Sisu

There isn’t a win to brag about but I can’t knock the form of Monsieur Sisu so far this prep.

He is a horse that always seems to come in over the odds and has been placed in all three of his runs this time in.

If he can hold this form, that saw him third in a benchmark 94 last start, into this benchmark 78, he will be competitive yet again at a nice price.

Race 5: Benchmark 72 Handicap (1100m) 1:50pm
No. 1 Nikohli Beagle

Nikohli Beagle couldn’t have been much more impressive when winning first up at Warwick Farm making it four wins from nine attempts at the races.

The lightly raced four year old is being asked to carry just one kilo more in a race that does not look a hell of a lot harder.

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Race 6: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1300m) 2:25pm
No. 7 Royal Banquet

Royal Banquet won his first three races to kick start his prep last time in and has won four of seven overall.

He didn’t get things all his own way when resuming at Rosehill but he finished off the race quite nicely.

The step in distance is an advantage and he will only improve on what he did first up.

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Race 7: Listed W.J Mckell Cup (2000m) 3:05pm
No. 8 Stockman

Stockman comes into the W.J Mckell Cup rock hard fit and off the back of back to back placings.

His third in the Winter Cup at this track was full of merit and the step back to 2000m suits.

Race 8: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1300m) 3:45pm
No. 7 Katalin

Katalin is a very lightly raced four year old mare with a heap of natural ability.

She has managed three wins from her five career starts and she could not have been much more impressive when winning by three lengths first up.

I love the fact that she has been given a trial in between runs and anything over even money is a get on for me.

Race 9: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1500m) 4:25pm
Box Trifecta 4/6/7/8

I’m put together a juicy trifecta in the final race of the day.

Let’s see if we can end the day on a big note.