Runners to watch: Rosehill, July 1st

Ray Hickson's race reviews, blackbookers and race notes from Saturday's Sydney metro meeting at Rosehill.

Race reviews: Rosehill, July 1st

Race 1: Pro Rata ATC Membership (1400m)

Heliosphere (3rd): blew any chance at the start when slowly out, then had to make a midrace dash around them. Not much left after all that and the effort was sound. Watch for him back up in trip.

All Too Soon (4th): also missed the jump and raced like a staying type in the making, just whacking away early in the straight before making good late ground. One to keep an eye on for later.

Note – Hualalai was never going to be beaten after he landed in the one-one after 100m and his main danger was slowly out. Hit the front 300m out and was coasting in the last bit. Condor showed improvement on his debut to claim second ahead of Heliosphere who did himself no favours by missing the jump.

Race 2: Handicap (1500m)

Note – A dream inside run helped Insensata turn the tables on Just Dreaming as the two fillies paired off in the last 200m to fight it out. Just Dreaming came back when headed and was game in defeat. High Mist had to work a bit in the early stages but was no match.

Race 3: McGrath Estate Agents (1900m)

Note: In a race dominated by those on the speed, Rustic Melody was aided by a great ride from Hugh Bowman and darted underneath the leaders to snatch an overdue win. Walk The Streets looked to have the race in her keeping but didn’t finish it off while outsiderCelestial Choice refused to give in between them.

Race 4: TAB Highway Handicap (1800m)

Last Try Wins (2nd): victim of circumstances in a strangely run race, shuffled right back to second last on the turn and had to get going again. Produced a strong finish to claim second.

Note – Itsa Fait Accompli sustained a long run from about the 600m, sweeping around them wide to hit the lead on the turn. He kept going and was too strong for Last Try Wins, finishing hard, and Barbass who probably peaked on the run with 100m to go.

Race 5: Winter Cup (2400m)

Note – Gallic Chieftain stamped himself as a stayer of promise and he could progress to the next level in the spring. He took a while to reel in Montauk, who had a perfect run, but outstayed him at the finish. Destiny’s Kiss was very brave with the 61kg running on into third from the back.

Race 6: TAB Handicap (1200m)

Hetty Heights (3rd): drifted well out of her ground behind a solid tempo and was only getting warm at the finish as she hit the line strongly into the minor money. Nice first-up run and she can win races this prep.

Note – Magic Alibi relished a solid tempo sitting off the speed but launching down the outside to claim a very brave Memes, who handed up the lead with the pace on, while Hetty Heights did her best work late into third.

Race 7: Civic Stakes (1350m)

Invincible Knight (4th): far from disgraced after having to be negatively ridden from the outside. Widest on the turn and wound up into fourth in a solid effort up in class. Watch for him back to restricted company or up in trip at this level.

Note – a barnstorming win to Gold Symphony coming off a handy effort at Group 1 level at his previous start. Settled back and picked up the leaders with a nice turn of foot to down a plucky The Monstar who led with a big weight and Slightly Sweet worked through from midfield into the minor placing.

Race 8: Schweppes Handicap (1100m)

King Darci (4th): handy return over an unsuitable trip, holding his ground in behind the lead all the way to the finish. His best form is around the 1400m mark and he’ll be an improver.

Note – smart three-year-old Calanda was the first horse they backed when markets opened and though he took a while to wind up into his work he darted through at the 100m and edged away. Sir Plush was a bit one paced when it counted but eventually warmed up to claim the leader Highly Geared for second.

Race 9: #theraces Handicap (1500m)

Carzoff (4th): far from disgraced (if you didn’t back him) in an unsuitable race, back 300m from his last start and got a long way back before working home well in an on pace dominated race. Follow him up in distance.

Note – the first three home were the first three in the run and Kingsguard fought them all off, appreciating a better surface than last time. He outgunned Lay Down The Law on his inside and Reneged to his outside for a game win.

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