NSW Winners pro-punter Mark Rhoden brings you his Rosehill Quaddie preview on Golden Slipper Day.
Race 6: Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m)
Selections: 2, 4, 5, 12
Avilius’ (2) effort in the Australian Cup was plain, but he’s the one to beat on his previous form. Have to take on trust a little but can’t leave out. The Taj Mahal (4) peaked third-up last preparation and will race on the pace, has a chance at odds. He’s Eminent (5) is a total query – was too good for Avilius as a three-year-old in the UK, certainly good enough to win if he’s right. Unforgotten (12) is a good mare in a more suitable race here, will need some luck from the gate but has a chance.
Race 7: Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m)
Selections: 2, 5, 9, 11, 16
Microphone (2) is a very professional two-year-old with rock solid form, will just need to get away from the fence. Cosmic Force (5) produced the best two-year-old performance of the season last week and is the winner if he repeats that on a drier surface. Tenley (9) is an unbeaten filly. Good gate, right jockey, definite chance. Anaheed (11) will get her chance to peak again here, maps well and has a chance at odds. Loving Gaby (16) was luckless in the Blue Diamond and has untold potential. Must include at the price.
Race 8: Group 1 Galaxy (1100m)
Selections: 6, 8, 13
Good run from Graff (6) in the Newmarket – genuine lightweight chance here. Viridine (8) was third in this race last year and put in a very good run first-up. Unknown in the wet but a great chance if the track continues to improve. Baller (13) had no luck at all last start. On the up and has a rough chance at huge odds.
I’m leaving Redzel and Nature strip out. Forecasting Redzel to peak third-up at WFA in the TJ Smith and I’ve just read they’re going to ride Nature Strip “with cover”, which I’m pretty certain will end in tears.
Race 9: Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m)
Selections: 3, 4, 8, 9
All Too Soon (3) should be at peak fitness now and the soft track is a plus. Luskintyre Lass (4) had six weeks off before her last start, has been set for this. Semari (8) is racing well and will be on the pace. No great value in early markets but a winning chance. Domed (9) peaked in this race for this jockey last year, has a chance.