THE Golden Gift might be the first race on the card at Rosehill this Saturday, but it’s an important lead-up to the Golden Slipper.
There are no group or listed races on the nine-race card, but the Golden Gift gives punters a good look at some of the potential Slipper types.
One runner has been particularly well-backed in the early markets and it will surely create plenty of attention this Saturday.
Punters can get enhanced odds on every runner with Ladbrokes in the opening two races at Rosehill.
Race 1 – Golden Gift (1100m)
There is some serious type surrounding Plague Stone after a booming trial win. The James Cummings-trained juvenile showed a significant turn-of-foot to win its trial and there hasn’t been much stopping the way of the Godolphin two-year-olds this season. $2.05 is available with Ladbrokes, which is better than the $1.80 offered elsewhere.
Secret Lady fought well on debut at Rosehill and it shouldn’t be forgotten about. The Gary Portelli-trained filly finished a half-length between Dynamited and it will be better for that performance.
Race 1 tip: Plague Stone to win ($2.05) at Ladbrokes.com.au
Race 2 – R71 Handicap (1400m)
Star Sensation has won its last two in fine style and it looks a chance for a third if it can carry the weight. The Mark Newnham-trained filly scored an easy win last start and although the 60.5kg will be tough to carry, it should go well again at odds of $3.50.
Maid Marilyn was a solid winner at Canterbury last start at the Friday night meeting and it could give them all something to chase. The Waterhouse/Bott-trained filly will likely head forward and the increase in distance should go down well. $5 with bookmakers.
Race 2 tip: Star Sensation to win ($3.50) at Neds.com.au
Race 3 – R87 Handicap (1800m)
Dagny is long overdue a win after a couple of recent placings. The Chris Waller-trained five-year-old was narrowly beaten by Just Dreaming last start and this looks a winnable race for the quality type.
Mornington is an imported stablemate to Dagny which fought on well at Rosehill last start. The American-bred runner showed some good form overseas and staying at this distance looks ideal. Watch for betting moves.
Race 3 tip: Mornington to win ($4.40) at Neds.com.au
Race 4 – R87 Handicap (1200m)
Zonk has been knocking on the door its last two starts and although it rises in weight, she is meeting an easier field. The Les Bridge-trained mare was a 1.5-length winner at Warwick Farm prior to its second placings and it could go one better here at odds of $2.90.
Anatola is a consistent type which went close last start and has the ability to win at this level. Drawing wide might not help its cause, but it provides punters with some each way value at $5.
Race 4 tip: Zonk to win ($3) at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 5 – Highway Handicap (1500m)
Realing returned to form with a last start placing and it could kick on with it now. The Real Saga gelding was good enough to run in the Queensland Guineas and it produced a big finish to run second by a length last start. Chance at $3.40.
Gitan didn’t fire in its last Highway Handicap race, but it was hitting the line well enough last start. The Jean Dubois-trained four-year-old has been respected in the betting so consider here.
Race 5 tip: Realing to win ($3.40) at Ladbrokes.com.au
Race 6 – R90 Handicap (1400m)
Just Dreaming defeated a handy field last start and it’s capable of stringing wins together. The five-time winner from 12 starts has won three of its four starts at Rosehill and it has the ability to sit on or off the pace. $3.50 with most bookmakers.
Zumbelina has already won twice this campaign and its record of five wins from six starts at Rosehill is incredible. It has defeated nice types in Tango Rain and Magic Alibi already this campaign and it can carry weight.
Race 6 tip: Zumbelina to win ($4.20) at CrownBet.com.au
Race 7 – The Country Classic (2000m)
Miss Dubois looks a nice chance in this following its placing on this track last start. The Matthew Dunn-trained seven-year-old has been around the mark its entire career and dropping down to 53.5kg is going to make her tough to beat.
Zamex showed plenty of ability last time in work, but this preparation hasn’t been as fruitful. The four-year-old only battled behind Carzoff last start, but dropping to this grade suits and it could get a piece of the action.
Race 7 tip: Miss Dubois to win ($3.60) at Neds.com.au
Race 8 – R80 Handicap (1100m)
Bon Amis remained unbeaten with a win last start and it’s toughest test comes here. The quality four-year-old faces a rise in class, but it hasn’t been fully tested yet. Crossing from out wide will be the problem, but $2.50 suggests it could win.
In Times of War had every chance last start, but it needs to lift a touch. The Waller-trained runner looked impressive earlier on in its career, but some battling runs of late have put it on the back foot. Too good to leave out of calculations.
Race 8 tip: Bon Amis to win ($2.50) at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 9 – R83 Handicap (1500m)
Istria has won its last two and it looks to be going places for James Cummings. It has been winning with ease and despite rising in grade here, it gets in well from barrier four and Kerrin McEvoy rides.
Dreamforce ran well fresh up last start and there’s more to come this campaign. The well-bred son of Fastnet Rock has form second up and at Rosehill so consider as a winning option in an even field.
Race 9 tip: Istria to win ($3.40) at CrownBet.com.au