A star-studded lineup of three-year-old sprinters resume at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday in the $140,000 Listed Schweppes Rosebud, which offers a free pass into the Golden Rose in six weeks’ time. The Aquis pair of Kumasi and Anders share favouritism in what is a very open race of 10 runners. The speed will be on early with Rulership, One To Remember, Anders, Kumasi and Prime Star all natural go-forward horses.
Free betting tips for 2020 Rosebud
Ole Kirk @ $11
In a race with multiple unknowns, one runner in particular has caught our eye at the price. Proven Group 1 galloper Ole Kirk brings in clearly the best form into the race, which includes a Listed win, a Group 2 placing and a Group 1 placing in the Champagne Stakes when finishing 1.5 lengths behind King’s Legacy. While the Written Tycoon colt appears as though he will get better over a mile, his only win to date came over the 1100m first up which he is faced with here. Tommy Berry will settle off the hot tempo from barrier five and have him flying late. Ole Kirk looks well in with 59kg and is worth an each-way play. No matter what he does on Saturday, he will only improve from here and could very well be one of the stars of the spring.
Anders @ $3.70
Anders comes into this race as a deserving equal-favourite after back-to-back wins at the end of last campaign and a five-length trial victory at Randwick 10 days ago. While it took the Not A Single Doubt colt five starts to break his maiden, he ran into some serious company in the likes of Gotta Kiss, Wisdom Of Water and Peltzer before breaking through at Wyong with an impressive 6.5-length, all-the-way victory. Barrier three will suit the colt and allow Jason Collett to pursue the lead. His form at the end of last campaign suggests he can win this, but we are being cautious given his first-up record isn’t the strongest (2:0-1-0) and he could find himself in an early speed battle.
Prime Star @ $26
Richard and Michael Freedman are flying of late with 12 wins and a further 14 placings from their last 50 runners. Here they saddle up the 2020 Inglis Millennium winner, Prime Star, who is another runner that is massive overs. Last year’s edition of that race saw Castelvecchio reign supreme and Dawn Passage run into the money, leading us to believe that it could be one worth following in years to come. Prime Star placed twice in January before winning the $2 million feature in February on a very heavy Warwick Farm surface after being caught wide and finding the front a long way from home. He will get similar conditions here over the 1100m and will have to work early to find a spot from the outside alley under Sam Clipperton. He looks to be a better horse on wet going, so we are keen to have something on the gelding at around $26 first up.
Ole Kirk – $25 win, $50 place
Prime Star – $5 win, $20 place