Rosehill review compiled by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st        Lights Of Heaven             Luke Nolen
2nd       Hoylonny                          Jim Cassidy
3rd        Said Com                           Dwayne Dunn

On the day of days for Sydney racing, Golden Slipper day, The Neville Selwood Stakes got things underway. Hoylonny went straight back to last again today, which I think was by design as he seems to finish off better this way. Why Not rolled straight to the front from the inside, with Single working around to second. This gave Lights Of Heaven the run of the race in third and the race looked to be in her keeping a long way from home. Nothing made a move until inside the 600m where Luke Nolen started to move up three wide on Lights Of Heaven – She was well supported in betting an asserted her class in the straight. Hoylonny was ridden as he has been previously to make ground on the inside and did his best, as did Said Com who chased Lights Of Heaven to no avail down the outside. Hula Lua went ok in fourth, and Strike The Stars ran on down the outside. Single is not racing all that well at this level.

Follow: Hoylonny, Hula Lua (in easier races)

Race 2

1st            Champollion           Christian Reith
2nd          Ideal Guide              Blake Shinn
3rd           Rightoncue             Tommy Berry

The second event was The Schweppervesence. Rightoncue was exactly the opposite, missing the start. When they sorted themselves out, Aspen was in front, from Command More, which gave Ideal Guide and Baltic Warrior good runs behind the speed. Gracious Prospect initially went forward but was then shuffled back. Fuerza got an economical run on the fence back in midfield. In the straight those on the pace were fighting it out, but you had to be impressed with the winner Champollion which came from near last and weaved its way through the field to win the front in the last bit and win, beating Ideal Guide, which was entitled to win, and Rightoncue which finished off well after missing the start. Fuerza may not have been on the best part of the track, but also may be a non-winner.

Follow: Champollion looks above average

Race 3

1st               Phillipi                   Luke Nolen
2nd             Hippopus            Nash Rawiller
3rd             Sir Denzel             James McDonald

The Tulloch Stakes was race three, with a pretty reasonable line out. Indianapolis rolled forward as it usually does, but was taken on by Knockabout, which went to the front. Laser Flash was caught wide in the run, as was Rowie which trailed up behind Laser Flash. At the 300m, Laser Flash did its best to run to the front, but Philippi, which had a nice run back in the field sprinted quickly to go up and join the lead, and sprint clear soon after. Hippopus tried to make ground on the inside after a nice run all the way, and Sir Denzel battled on for third. The run of Laser Flash to fight on after being wide was very good. Proverb which was a well backed favourite just ground home.

Follow: Laser Flash

Race 4

1st            Norzita                 Hugh Bowman
2nd          Longport             Christian Reith
3rd          Habibi                   Vin Colgan

The Vinery Stud Stakes was race 4, with Hoybell and Dear Demi both clearly last out of the gates. Cameo led up early from Alzora, before Longport worked across from out wide to take it up, with She’s A Girl in turn coming across to head off Longport. They spread out and the pace looked ok. Norzita had a nice run on the fence up to the 600m, where Bowman made his move and she appeared to be traveling big time. At the top of the straight, Longport led with Norzita looking to canter up and take a share of the lead at the 300m. In the end it was only about a half length margin, which is a credit to Longport to stay with Norzita, who I have a big opinion of (and I’m not alone). Dear Demi ground home for fourth, but her racing pattern is not advantageous. Habibi’s effort to finish third well ahead of Dear Demi was good.

Follow: Longport, Habibi

Race 5

1st            Fiveandahalfstar             Hugh Bowman
2nd          Silent Achiever                James McDonald
3rd           Sangster                             Steven Arnold

The BMW was race 5 on the card, and Bowman came out with intent on Fiveandahalfstar and led them up out of the straight the first time. Mawingo and Hathras were in second and third, giving Sangster and Kelinni good runs behind the speed. To my way of thinking, this was a riding lesson from Hugh Bowman, who knew he was on the right horse, got it to the front, stacked them up at the 1000m, and then when others such as Kelinni tried to take him on from the 700m, he was able to kick up and make them work harder to do so. Although it was a narrow victory in the straight he always seemed to have the race under control. Silent Achiever made good ground up along the inside, and Foreteller turned in another excellent run, making good ground late, and was no doubt held up for a late run to ensure he got the distance. Manighar was much better today. Look out of anything from this race that heads to Brisbane.

Follow: Foreteller

Race 6

1st             Appearance              Kerrin McEvoy
2nd           Red Tracer                Corey Brown
3rd            Streama                     Hugh Bowman

Race 6 was The Queen Of The Turf. Pear Tart didn’t begin well, and had to be pushed along to make up some early ground. Cathay Lady took it up early, from More Joyous that was looking to win this race for the third consecutive year. Rawiller took a sit behind the leaders, with Spirit Song going up to sit outside Cathay Lady. Appearance got back and was wide, and Red Tracer got back along the fence. Streama was also caught wide and without cover. The talking point of the race will of course be the trouble More Joyous found in the straight, where she was all but knocked over. The run was full of merit, but in this case she missed the boat and that’s racing. It shouldn’t take away from what was a very good win by Appearance, who is clearly a top mare (just look at her record). Red Tracer made use of its good run in transit to run second, whilst the run of Stream after being wide was very good to hold off Secret Admirer for third. Many will say More Joyous would have won, it’s academic. Mid Summer Music is on track for a Brisbane campaign.

Follow: Mid Summer Music, Streama

Race 7

1st              Overreach            Tommy Berry
2nd           Sidestep                 Kerrin McEvoy
3rd            Sweet Idea            Jim Cassidy

The big one of the day, The Golden Slipper. A brilliant beginning by Overreach from the inside gate was always going to be step one in a winning recipe. Kuroshio went fast from an outside gate and came across to lead, giving Overreach the perfect sit on the fence behind the speed, with Dothraki and and Sweet Idea pushing up outside the lead. Criterion missed the kick and ended up well back. Such was the racing pattern on the day, that the run way always going to come for Overreach on the inside, and that’s exactly what happened as soon as they straightened. Berry asked her for the big effort at the 300m, and she sprinted through brilliantly and the race was over. Sweet Idea ran well, and Sidestep made good ground indicating he will continue to improve with distance. Back in the field, Criterion lost no admirers, and the same can be said for Guelph and Fast ‘n’ Rocking, which looks an idea Champagne Stakes horse. Villa Verde briefly made some ground, but its condition looked to give out again.

Follow: Criterion, Guelph, Fast ‘n’ Rocking

Race 8

1st             Pierro                         Nash Rawiller
2nd           King Mufhasa          Michael Rodd
3rd            Shoot Out                 Hugh Bowman

The George Ryder saw the appearance of last year’s Slipper winner, Pierro, who remains unbeaten in Sydney. They were all over the shop early, jockeying for positions. Veyron took it up early before King Mufhasa crossed over from out wide. Laser Hawk came around them wide, and Solzhenitsyn was in the middle. Whilst all this was going on, Rawiller was riding Pierro like a “good thing”, out three wide a few lengths off the lead. In the straight, Michael Rodd was nursing King Mufhasa and for a while must have wondered where Pierro was. Soon enough he was on the scene and got there for a solid victory. When you consider he was wide all the way, all credit must go to the winner despite a fairly narrow margin. There was a wall of horses lining up for third, but the run of Shoot Out to get that spot confirmed how well he is going this campaign. Rebel Dane found itself on the worst part of the track, but Danleigh managed to run past it, on its inside, which would be a concern for the Rebel Dane camp – Perhaps it has had enough for now.

Follow: Danleigh, Shoot Out

Race 9

1st             Hot Snitzel               Blake Shinn
2nd           Smokin’ Joey          Brenton Avdulla
3rd            See The World        Jason Collett

The Sebring Stakes was the last on what was a great day. Aeronautical, which everyone seemed to know was the lay of the day, was slow out here and straight back to last. Tiger Tees which was well backed took it up initially with Hidden Warrior and Rolling Pin. Hidden Warrior ended up crossing over, which put Second Effort three wide. Hot Snitzel stalked the pace and always looked to travel well. Early in the straight he moved up strongly inside Tiger Tees which was quickly beaten. This was a very nice win by Hot Snitzel and if they find a race for him throughout the Brisbane Winter carnival, take notice. Rarefied did well to weave through into second, and I liked the run of See The World to make good ground on what was considered the worst part of the track. Smokin’ Joey ran second, but I don’t see it as a ‘winning’ horse. Rolling Pin also gets a pass mark and may improve, whilst Tiger Tees is not a punting proposition at the moment.

Follow: Hot Snitzel, See The World

Specials from the meeting: Laser Flash, Criterion, See The World