THE Group 1 Coolmore Classic is one of must-see races throughout the autumn and the field on show features plenty of talent.
Omie Sword is the current favourite for the $600,000 feature, but there will be plenty of competition coming from the likes of Kiwi runner La Bella Diosa, Global Glamour and recent winner Dixie Blossoms.
We have form and free tips for all nine races on the card at Rosehill on Saturday, which features the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes and the Group 2 Ajax Stakes.
The entire day is packed with great racing action and punters can get boosted odds for the Coolmore Classic with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Race 1 – Schweppes Handicap (1350m)
Your Way is in great form having won its last four of five starts. The Bjorn Baker-trained mare held off the opposition when winning at Randwick last start on a heavy track and conditions won’t be too dissimilar here. Current favourite at $2.90.
Spectroscope is a European import which brings in good form. The John O’Shea-trained four-year-old has been racing in France and it has won over this distance. It gets the inside draw which is ideal and top international rider William Buick takes the ride. There is support at $4.40.
Extensible is fresh up after a good campaign in the spring and it goes best at this distance. The Snowden-trained mare has won four of five starts at this distance and it usually saves its best for Rosehill. $3.50 suggests it will be around the mark again.
Race 1 tip: Spectroscope to win ($4.40) at CrownBet.com.au
Race 2 – Smooth FM Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m)
Ball Of Muscle was disappointing last time out in the Challenge Stakes, but it didn’t handle the wet conditions and it will be hoping for some easing of the track. The Joe Pride-trained gelding runs well at this distance and it should be considered at $3.70 in the betting.
Dothraki doesn’t have the best form line heading into this, but it was only gathered in late in the Southern Cross Stakes behind subsequent group one winner Le Romain. The six-year-old has plenty of class and it should be able to handle the majority of opposition in this.
Artistry was a last start winner before being spelled. The Snowden-trained mare is a three-time winner at Rosehill from only four starts and although this distance will be short of its best, it could provide a challenge at the weights.
Race 2 tip: Dothraki to win ($2.80) at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 3 – Cafe Culture Pago Pago Stakes (1200m)
Ducimus is an unbeaten colt which looks to have ability. The Hawkes-trained two-year-old scored a narrow win at Flemington last start, but it will be tested against some of these. The track conditions could be a factor so follow any positive betting moves.
Condor Heroes has been backed in from $4.20 to $3.60 following a good showing on debut. The Gerald Ryan-trained colt finished second behind Khan in the Breeders Plate and the amount of betting support is a good sign. Keeps tabs on the market for any further plunges.
Single Bullet is knocking on the door of breaking through and it didn’t have much luck last start. The Gary Portelli-trained colt was wide throughout before finishing off well for third in the Skyline Stakes. A wet track brings it into calculations at $6.50.
Race 3 tip: Condor Heroes to win ($3.60) at Ladbrokes.com.au
Race 4 – Chandon’s Magic Night Stakes (1200m)
Tulip continues on this preparation after running fourth in the Blue Diamond. The Lindsay Park-trained filly was wide throughout, but still battled on nicely and this looks a suitable target if it can handle going right-handed. It has been respected at $5.50 in the betting so consider.
Limbo Soul couldn’t have been more impressive on debut, but this is a steep rise in class. The Tim Martin-trained two-year-old scored by 3.3 lengths at Rosehill in a maiden and the money has come for it again at $3. It jumps from a nice draw and similar tactics will likely be used.
Sweet Deal has placed in two starts to date and it showed good fight last start. The John Thompson-trained runner was wide throughout the run last start, but still managed to run Frolic to within 1.3 lengths. That was a tough effort and the inside draw is ideal for this. $5.50 with bookmakers.
Race 4 tip: Sweet Deal to place ($2.15) at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 5 – McGrath Estate Agents Sky High Stakes (2000m)
Lasqueti Spirit couldn’t have been more impressive last time out when finishing second behind Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes. The Lee Curtis-trained filly is an Oaks winner which will enjoy running at this distance and conditions should suit again in this. $9 on offer from bookmakers is a good price.
Antonio Giuseppe returned from a spell with a win on this track and it is unbeaten in four starts at this track. The Chris Waller-trained gelding loves rain-affected tracks having won four from five starts and that’s the reason why it’s currently $1.90 with bookmakers.
Who Shot Thebarman produced a good finish behind Winx in the Chipping Norton and it has won twice at this distance. The eight-year-old doesn’t usually fire second up, but it gets in with a good weight and it could run into the money.
Race 6 – Cellarbrations Phar Lap Stakes (1500m)
Bezel did nothing last start in the Eskimo Prince Stakes, but it has been specked at odds and more is expected now. The three-year-old colt produced three consecutive wins last preparation before running third behind Comin’ Through in the Carbine Club. Respect that form at odds of $8.
Foxplay opened at $2.35 and has since firmed into $2.15. The Waller-trained filly made late ground behind La Bella Diosa in the Surround Stakes and its form prior came behind Global Glamour. The wide draw shouldn’t be a concern over this distance and it looks a top chance.
Dawn Wall has been an impressive winner at its last two starts and it looks a chance here. The Waller-trained filly scored easily by two lengths at Rosehill last start and it has come for support at $9.50 after opening at $11.
Race 6 tip: Foxplay to win ($2.15) at Ladbrokes.com.au
Race 7 – Coolmore Classic (1500m)
Omei Sword was rattling home behind La Bella Diosa in the Surround Stakes and tactics will likely be the same for this. The talented filly has drawn barrier 19 which means it will have to drop back and rely on good luck to win. It goes best on this track and it will likely be very well-backed at $3.60 in the market.
The win of La Bella Diosa in the Surround Stakes must be respected and the track conditions will suit. The New Zealand filly won the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton before coming to Australia and dominating a similar field. Gets in with a good barrier draw and the $12 on offer is a crazy price from bookmakers.
Dixie Blossoms couldn’t have been more impressive when winning the Guy Walter Stakes last start. The Ron Quinton-trained mare scored a 6.5-length win at Randwick and it relished the wet track conditions. Tim Clark sticks with it for this and it has firmed in from $7 to $6.
Race 7 tip: La Bella Diosa to win ($12) at Ladbrokes.com.au
Race 8 – Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m)
Arod is only a four-win horse, but it put the writing on the wall last start. The Waller-trained import finished second behind McCreery in the Liverpool Stakes at Randwick and it’s rarely far away when second up. Track conditions won’t be an issue so consider at $6.
Dibayani will enjoy racing in this grade after taking on Winx in the Apollo Stakes last start. The seven-year-old has won only two from 27 starts, but it has won over $1.3 million and its class should be respected. The $4.80 on offer is a fair price and it will look the winner at some stage in the straight.
He’s Our Rokki had a great spring campaign where it won the Group 1 Toorak Handicap, but it hasn’t shown much in two starts this campaign. The Lindsay Park-trained gelding likely needed both runs to show its best and it has form on rain-affected tracks. Chance if everything falls into place.
Race 8 tip: Dibayani to win ($4.80) at Bet365.com
Race 9 – Tabcorp Handicap (1900m)
Gambler’s Blues did well to finish second last start and it rarely goes a bad race second up. The Tim Martin-trained gelding has placed four times on this track and despite having won only three times from 26 starts, the six-year-old could feature in the money here.
Veladero found the class of the Hobartville Stakes too tough last start, but this is much easier. The three-year-old won the Gloaming Stakes last campaign before running fourth in the Champion Stakes at Randwick. It handles all tracks and bookmakers are confident at $3.70.
Hogmanay isn’t short on fitness and continues to run solid races. The Waller-trained runner hasn’t been far away of late and the apprentice claim will help immensely. Consider on an each way basis at $4.60.
Race 9 tip: Veladero to win ($3.70) at CrownBet.com.au