Runners to watch: Rosehill, January 28th

Shane Adair's notes and blackbookers from Saturday's meeting.

Race 1 – Canonbury Stakes (1100m)

Menari (2nd) – Settled behind the leaders and travelled well into the race. Badly held up in the straight and saw day light once the race was over. Attacked the line strongly and a moral beaten. Keep following this preparation.

Race 2 – Widden Stakes (1100m)

Nothing of note in this race.

Race 3 – Schweppes Handicap (1500m)

Notes – Shallow victory from the winner, given a very easy time in front and just got over the line with a very well rated ride. I would be very hesitant jumping into a short quote about the winner at its next start if there is more pace on paper.

Race 4 – TAB Highway Plate (1500m)

Ruthless Agent (4th) – Unbeaten heading into this and just got too far back. Last on turn and held up for a run at the 200m, yet was still able to hit the line strongly. Given no chance of winning, I would keep following this preparation from strong stable

Race 5 – TAB Handicap (1400m)

Echo Effect (3rd) – Ran them along in front at a good clip and was entitled to knock up. He battled on soundly down the straight to hold onto a placing. Good tough run and should have him at peak fitness now for his next start

Notes – Punters got the cash with Royal Navy saluting $14 into $8 on course. The Snowden team are always around the mark when the money goes on.

Race 6 – Expressway Stakes (1200m)

Music Magnate (1st) – Too big, too strong, too good. Settled outside of the leader and never looked like getting beaten. Most pleasing part was the last 100m where he was coming away from the field. Looks to have come back in good order, bigger races on the agenda for him this preparation.

Race 7 – Sunblest Cleaning Services Handicap (2000m)

Nothing of note in this race.

Race 8 – #theraces Handicap (1100m)

Scarlett Rain (1st) – First-up off the Slipper disappointment, pinged the gates to cross and lead. Thought her condition may have gave out but she fought on bravely to hold off a few in very good form. Looks to have come back in good order and can be followed

Race 9 – Handicap (1350m)

Notes – All races today should be treated with some caution if your selection was leading or on pace: don’t race into short quotes. From my perspective leader bias was quite strong, and backmarkers had real difficulty in making ground up the straight.