Vinery Stud Handicap preview – Rosehill Saturday 21st January

Vinery Stud Handicap preview – Rosehill By guest reviewer Todd Burmester Race 7 at Rosehill on Saturday is a Benchmark 85 race but to me is one of the most interesting races to be run in the country on the day. That is mainly because it is packed with some unanswered questions and horses that are in form. Firstly, you have Rolling Pin which has been in great form and has the advantage of a forward racing pattern but the question is can it extend its winning form to 1800m? You have a similar situation with Single which will likely start favourite in the race. As a three-year-old he was tried over longer journeys and failed. Has his spell since that campaign given him the strength to now see out further than his previous longest winning distance of 1500m?  He did beat Rolling Pin comprehensively two starts back and is twice a winner at Rosehill. Throw in a better barrier and far less weight than Rolling Pin in this race and so far he is the selection. I don’t believe the chances end there however. The run of The Owl last start as a short priced favourite was not too bad although beaten easily by Upbeat. In my opinion it’s exactly the right move to step this horse up to 1800m based on its grinding effort last start. The three I have mentioned so far, all share that common question of whether the 1800m will suit?  Of the three, I’m most convinced it will suit The Owl. Let’s keep going however. Our Cannavaro and Tropicana Girl may be the value in the race for the simple reasons that they are proven over further distances and have both been running well lately. At times, both can be “bridesmaids” however which is their question mark. When asked for a selection, I will tip The Owl over Our Cannavaro. I’m prepared to risk Rolling Pin and Single – some may say that’s a dangerous move given their on pace racing pattern which I myself always point out provides a natural advantage but not if you fail to run out the trip!