Runners to watch: Rosehill, March 17th

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

Race 1 – Catanach’s Handicap  (1900m)

Note – Riding Multifacets closer to the speed proved the winning move in the event sitting just behind Cyrus Rocks who led at a good clip. Multifacets kicked strongly in the straight to hold off the other contenders. All Too Soon ran on for second and probably got a touch to far back however was every chance for mine to reel in the winner. Tamarack in third was every possible chance having a good run in transit however was a bit dour to the line and the same can be said Zourkhan who ran on fairly to finish a close fourth. These four cleared out from the rest and not much else made an impression. Going forward I can’t get overly excited about the form from this event as the winner is limited and the rest had their chance to beat him.

Race 2 – Sky High Stakes (2000m)

Note – Nice win in this event to Auvray who sat towards the tail and came down the middle of straight to overhaul the leaders and win quite comfortably on the line. Looks one to follow. Libran had a nice rails run just behind the leaders and didn’t have to go around a horse however was no match for the winner. Mackintosh had a very similar run to the winner however just couldn’t go with Auvray in the straight. He was only second and jumped from the 1300m. Will be fitter again for that performance. Salsamor was last on turning and ran on solidly in the straight to just miss the money. Stampede got pressured mid race for the lead which did his chances no good and knocked up in the straight. Going forward I would be sticking with the winner who was impressive sprinting well in the straight to score and will be at peak fitness now.

Race 3 – Magic Night Stakes (1200m)

Note – Hot pot Sunlight leading and controlling the speed and kicking strongly in the straight to score. Cristobal ran on well for second along the rails after getting well back and Sweet Ava was third and sat right behind the winner in the run and just couldn’t sprint with Sunlight however was a solid performance for something a bit easier next start. Not a lot else made an impression as these three put  gap between themselves and fourth. Going forward Sunlight looks ready and hard to beat in the Golden Slipper and Cristobal will only be further improved after her only second race start and can pick up another race very soon.

Race 4 – Pago Pago Stakes (1200m)

Note – A two horse war in the straight however the well backed favourite Written By proved a touch to strong over Sandbar who was brave in defeat. The winner lead and controlled the speed and came away from the fence on turning to present Sandbar a run they both kicked away from the field up the straight however Written By was just a bit too good. Spin ran on soundly to finish third however that was almost 4 lengths back. Not a lot else made an impression in this event. Going forward Written By will be hard to hold out in the Slipper and Sandbar can pick something up in slightly easier grade very soon.

Race 5 – Maurice Mccarten Stakes (1100m)

Note  – Exciting finish here with Sprightly Lass going very quickly in front establishing a big lead in the straight in the final 100m with the swoopers closing she ran out and caused interference to Dothraki who sat just behind in fourth and was running on strongly. Sprightly Lass crossed the line first however lost the race in the stewards room to Dothraki. New Universe rattled home late along the fence to finish third and wins if it went another 25m. Secret Trial was another who got well back and rattled home late to just miss the money. Nieta was just fair running on as she was entitled to. Going forward I would be sticking with Sprightly Lass in an event at 1000m. Just found the extra 100m at little bit too much late the run on horses were good however favoured by the frantic early speed.

Race 6 – Phar Lap Stakes (1500m)

Note – Unforgotten returned to the winners stall after an indifferent performance first up. Settling well back he unleashed a strong run down the middle of the track to reel in Holy Snow who had a similar run and looked the winner until the final 100m. These two came away from Hiyaam in third who was on pace and looked gone on turning however rallied again the straight to nab third. Renewal had a nice run in transit however was felt wanting in the final 200m and just missed out on third. The race favourite Shumookh led them up and looked to play apart in the finish however ran out of steam in the final 200m. Going forward stick with first and second who were both were smart runs and both will be winning more races this preparation based on this performance.

Race 7 – Coolmore Classic (1500m)

Note – Daysee Doom was just too good sitting outside the leader and kicking strongly in the straight to hold off a wall of challengers chasing the straight. It was just 2.3 lengths between the first thirteen across the line. Oregon’s Day was good in second sitting just behind the speed and fighting on well down the straight. However was every chance to pick up the winner. Silent Sedition was third and trapped wide in a midfield position and battled on well in the straight and possibly wins with a bit softer run in transit. I would also be forgiving to Eckstein who was trapped wide and kicked on well down the straight. Race favourite Egg Tart didn’t offer a lot in the straight in what was a disappointing effort. Going forward it was a very quick time event so the form should stack up out of it however it is hard to go past the winner who was there to be beaten and was just too strong for them all.

Race 8 – Ajax Stakes (1500m)

Note – It was a very tight finish and Comin’ Through was just a bit to strong sitting midfield and one off the fence he unleashed a strong run to score narrowly over Tom Melbourne who had a similar run and every chance for mine to reel in the winner. Radipole sat behind the speed and got the run however couldn’t quite go with the winner in what was a solid performance. The run of Cellarman was very good, taking the step up in grade and working to the line strongly, also a much better performance from Arbeitsam on pace narrowly missing the money after leading at a good tempo. Looks ready to win very soon. Going forward the winner went well and old Tom is still struggling to win but its Arbeitsam I will be keen to back at its next start.

Race 9 – Handicap (1350m)

Note – A dashing ride on Peacock saw him salute in the last. He led and kicked clear on turning to open a winning break. Tribal Wisdom was second and ran on strongly however never looked a threat to the winner. Up ‘N’ Rolling was third and sat outside the leader and eventual winner in the run just couldn’t go with him in the straight. The well backed Eagle Bay didn’t do a lot in the runin what was a disappointing effort and you can also be forgiving to Level Eight who was trapped very wide in the run and battled on well in the straight. Going forward I am more than happy to be sticking with the winner who was very good on pace today and will be even fitter next start after two runs back.