|What||Golden Slipper Day|
|Where||Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142|
|When||Saturday, March 19, 2022|
|Feature Race||Race 8: Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m)|
|First Race||12:10pm AEDT|
It is Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens, which means five Group 1 races across the 10-race card. HorseBetting’s New South Wales racing expert brings you his race-by-race preview, top four selections in each race, free quaddie numbers and betting previews of all five feature races. The track is rated a Heavy 8 at the time of writing, while the rail is out 2m for the entire course, which should give most horses a fair chance, just like it did seven days ago. Racing gets underway at 12:10pm AEDT, with the running of a Midway Handicap over 1500m.
For all of our best bets and quaddie numbers, continue reading.
Race 1: Benchmark 72 Midway Handicap (1500m)
When there are five Group 1 races scheduled, these Midway races at Benchmark 72 level look out of place in the race book, and this one is no different. This is a wide-open betting affair, with Highly Desired the $7 favourite with online bookmakers. The Claire Lever-trained seven-year-old finished sixth in the $750,000 Four Pillars at this track and distance in October, before going on to run fifth in the Mudgee Cup. Tim Clark will take this son of Wanted to the front from barrier 13, and he should prove too tough now that he is second-up and coming off a strong win at Goulburn.
Race 2: Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m)
The Darby Munro Stakes has attracted a really competitive field of three-year-old sprinters, including the in-form Mazu. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained son of Maurice was an early favourite for The Galaxy later on in the program, but connections opted to not accept for the Group 1 event in preference for another Listed race. Given Mazu’s target race this autumn is the Arrowfield Stakes (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships, we are tipping that the stable wanted him to prove himself over 1200m, rather than staying at 1100m again. He is flying this prep, and we expect him to win again under Sam Clipperton from the inside alley.
Race 3: Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2400m)
The stayers get their chance in the Queen’s Cup over 2400m, which is one of the key lead up races into next month’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m). We have been on the No Compromise bandwagon since his first-up run and we keep ranting about how he will win the Sydney Cup, so we are going to bide our time and go against him on Saturday, before jumping back on in the Group 1. Knight’s Order went huge first-up in the Randwick City Cup (2000m) when third behind Zeyrek and Luncies, so he should take great benefit out of that run. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained stayer will go forward from barrier nine and roll along on the speed, while the drying track should be right up his alley too. Don’t be surprised if the Waterhouse polish sees this son of So You Think run his rivals into the ground. Keep a close eye on the market for No Compromise; the barrier doesn’t help, but he loves Rosehill and the 2400m is his go now.
Race 4: Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m)
A solid field of 13 fillies and mares will battle it out over 1900m in the Group 3 Epona Stakes. Le Lude has to go on top after a dominant display last start in the Group 3 Aspiration Quality at Randwick over 1600m. The John Thompson-trained mare has never really fired a shot at Rosehill, but she did run third at this track when resuming in the Millie Fox Stakes over 1300m on a Soft 6. Brock Ryan took the daughter of Lope de Vega to the front in the Aspiration from barrier three, but having drawn the outside alley on Saturday, he may look to slot in midfield somewhere given there is more speed on paper in this race. She is racing too well to be against her.
Race 5: Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m)
In what is the smallest field of the day with just six runners, Verry Elleegant faces one of the easiest fields of her career as she looks to win Group 1 number 12. The star mare has been installed as a very short-priced favourite, with just Montefilia her only danger on paper.
Click here for our free betting preview of the 2022 Ranvet Stakes
Race 6: Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m)
The Rosehill Guineas shapes to be a cracking race between three of the nation’s best three-year-olds: Anamoe, Converge and Profondo. Will one of those three fancied runners take out the 2022 Rosehill Guineas? Or will there be a good old fashioned boilover?
Click here for HorseBetting’s betting preview of the 2022 Rosehill Guineas
Race 7: Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m)
The George Ryder Stakes has attracted a very solid field of 11 gallopers after the scratching of Converge, with seven Group 1 winners in the field. The 2022 edition is filled with some of the best middle distance horses in the land, with quality right across the page. Forbidden Love is shooting for consecutive Group 1 victories, while horses like Mo’unga, Private Eye and Kolding will be looking to build on their good first-up runs.
View our full runner-by-runner preview and $100 betting strategy for the George Ryder Stakes here.
Race 8: Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m)
The richest race for two-year-old horses in the world is upon us, and while it may be the weakest edition of the race in years according to ratings, it still shapes to be a terrific spectacle and an even better betting race. Coolangatta is looking to win the Golden Slipper first-up off a two-month spell since winning the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic, while Sejardan is looking to spoil the Coolangatta party and win the Slipper after claiming the traditional lead up race – the Todman Stakes – a fortnight ago.
Click here for our free runner-by-runner-preview of the 2022 Golden Slipper and our $100 betting strategy
Race 9: Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m)
There will be speed to burn in this years’ edition of The Galaxy, with speed drawn right across the park. Queensland mare Isotope is the hot favourite, but there are plenty of up and coming sprinters who could cause a minor upset.
Find out who our betting experts are backing in the 2022 edition of The Galaxy here.
Race 10: Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m)
To end the day, fillies and mares will line up in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes over 1200m. We are siding with the three-year-old fillies and putting Robodira slightly ahead of Mallory. Robodira has a terrific first-up record, while she also loves racing at Rosehill with two starts for a win and a second at the track. The grey daughter of Husson has not been seen since finishing 12th in the Group 3 Red Roses on Oaks Day at Flemington, but she has looked good in two trials – especially her most recent on February 17. John O’Shea has tinkered with a bit of gear, applying Blinkers again, while he is taking Winkers off the filly for the first time and applying Synthetic Hoof Filler. She does have to overcome a wide gate, but by this time of the afternoon, she could be in the right part of the track under Kerrin McEvoy. At $16, we have to be with her.
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