It may be a small field but there is plenty of quality in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill. NSW Winners analyst Mark Rhoden brings you his preview of the race.
Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m)
Not a lot of speed – Dothraki leads by default from Le Romain, Alizee and Trapeze Artist are the next pair, Hartnell and Lanciato trailing in the small field.
#1 HARTNELL (James Cummings / Kerrin McEvoy)
Great galloper with a good first up record, but can’t see him winning at 1200m in this grade as an eight-year-old.
#2 TRAPEZE ARTIST (Gerald Ryan / Tim Clark)
One of the best sprinters in the country on his day and he has won first-up. He generally has one big spike performance in him per preparation, and it’s usually produced third or fourth-up. Can win but won’t be at his very top yet.
#3 LE ROMAIN (Kris Lees / James McDonald)
Always competitive at this level and an impressive winner first-up last preparation. Should be camped right on the speed and has a great chance.
#4 DOTHRAKI (Peter & Paul Snowden / Josh Parr)
Likely leader here but short of the mark at WFA.
#5 LANCIATO (Mark Newnham / Rachel King)
Nice trial and raced well first-up last time in, but not really suited at WFA.
#6 ALIZEE (James Cummings / Blake Shinn)
Top class mare who was an outstanding winner first-up. Is yet to win at Rosehill but she raced well here as a 2YO and she had excuses in her two runs here in the autumn. In the small field she should be close enough in the run and is clearly the one to beat.
Despite her Rosehill record, Alizee is clear top pick and I certainly couldn’t bet against her. Not really interested at odds-on, but if the market wanted to risk her on raceday, I’d be interested at around the $2.40 mark. Le Romain and Trapeze Artist are the obvious dangers, with a slight leaning to Le Roman given that Trapeze Artist is likely to peak later in his preparation.
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