Our Finding An Edge At The Track series looks at some of Australia’s best racetracks and asks our pro punters for any tips when betting on them. Today, we check out Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney.
While much major racing in NSW takes place at Royal Randwick, Rosehill Racecourse, which is about 17km west of Sydney’s CBD, holds a number of major races each year – most notably Australia’s premier race for two-year-olds, the Golden Slipper.
In keeping with the theme, it’s also the host of the $1 million Golden Rose for three-year-olds, and the new $7.5 million Golden Eagle for four-year-olds.
The Rosehill Racecourse track is quite unique in Australian racing, featuring an almost square-shaped track with a long straight. It’s also known as one of the fairest tracks, however there are a number of specialists that enjoy success at the track.
NSW Winners analyst Mark Rhoden loves to bet into racing at Rosehill all year round as it’s one of the fairest tracks that provides plenty of opportunities for the punters.
We asked him a few questions about the best way for punters to get an edge at Rosehill Racecourse.
The most important nuance at Rosehill is that the 1100m and 1200m races start in a chute inside the course proper, making the home turn almost a hairpin, and a very different proposition from the races over longer distances. Rosehill has traditionally suited “up and off” horses – horses on the speed but off the fence, but that has become less pronounced of late.
Although the home straight is about the same length as Randwick’s, the angle of the home turn is tighter, making the job of those who get back in the field that much harder. It’s certainly far from impossible to come from behind and win, though.
In sprints, on-pacers are advantaged. Over the longer trips, I’d still prefer to be with an on-pacer rather than a back marker. But it’s not as important.
All the leading jockeys ride their share of winners at Rosehill. Among the trainers, Rosehill is Chris Waller’s home base and its common knowledge he goes well there. Though that applies to a lot of tracks in New South Wales!
Rosehill is a decent wet weather track, but they will get off the fence in the straight on softer ground.
Rosehill gets a lot of high standard racing all year round and I’m always happy to bet there.
As always, keep records of track and weather conditions and rail positions and note any patterns that emerge. But on the whole, Rosehill is the fairest track in Sydney in my opinion. You can bet there with confidence.