NSW Winners pro-punter Mark Rhoden previews his Rosehill Quaddie tips ahead of Saturday’s meeting, featuring the Group 1 Tancred Stakes.
Race 6: Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m)
Selections: 1, 2, 3, 8
NAKEETA JANE (1) chased very well behind The Autumn Sun in the Randwick Guineas. Should be okay at 2000m now. EL DORADO DREAMING (2) put in a very good effort against the older mares in the Coolmore last start. Has raced well at 2000m before and is more mature now. Dominant win from VERRY ELLEEGANT (3) in the Phar Lap stakes last start. Does things wrong but will be the one to beat if she settles. POHUTUKAWA (8) got to the right spot at Kembla but was dominant. Looks like she’ll get 2000m on that.
Race 7: Tancred Stakes (2400m)
Selections: 1, 8, 10
AVILIUS (1) chased very hard and turned in a peak performance in the Ranvet last week. The one to beat if he can repeat that. BIG DUKE (8) is on a quick backup and should be at his peak. Should be ready to improve. YOGI (10) kept trying in the Australian Cup should be ready to improve third-up. Worth including at big odds.
Race 8: Doncaster Prelude (1500m)
Selections: 3, 5, 8
TOM MELBOURNE’s (3) only win in living memory was for this jockey and he’s drawn to be much closer to the speed here. MASK OF TIME (5) has had two good runs at this track and distance this time in, will get his chance again. SEAWAY (8) was too bad to be true last time and is clear top pick on previous form. Won’t want too much rain on Saturday morning, however.
Race 9: The Championships On Sale Handicap (1400m)
Selections: 7, 10
MAHALANGUR (7) has come back a better horse this prep. Excellent run first up and should be set to peak here. Strong win by STAR OF THE SEAS (10) at this track on the heavy last start. That’s clearly the strongest form reference here and he’ll be hard to beat again.
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