The Winter Stakes meeting will be held at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. The course proper was rated a Good 4 on Thursday and with fine weather in Sydney leading up to the weekend, Rosehill will be racing on a Good track on raceday.
The Godolphin-owned 2YO Laburnum should go close in the opening event at Rosehill (Sydney Race 1, 1400m). The Denman filly resumed in an unsuitable 1100m race at Canterbury on 27th June, finishing 2nd to Smart Melody. Stepping up to 1400m 2nd up will suit the filly much better. Nicely drawn in barrier 4, Avdulla can sit in an one off one back position with a cushy run. Laburnum will finish strongly in the run home.
Danny Williams can add another Highway Handicap victory to his resume with Highway Sixtysix (Sydney Race 2, 1100m). The 3YO resumed with a win in a Highway Handicap last week over 1200m at Randwick leading from start to finish. This filly has come back stronger and more mature and she has not been harshly treated with her 59kg impost. Blake Shinn will again be on board the filly. Beautifully drawn in gate 3, Shinn is likely to go forward and share the lead with Bon Allen and Highway Sixtysix will once again be hard to catch.
Melburnian visitor Chamois Road has been in terrific form and he can continue his winning way in the Winter Stakes (Sydney Race 7, 1400m). This Patrick Payne-trained gelding has come back from a spell in top order winning 2 races from 2 starts this preparation. Last start, Chamois Road won over Saturday’s trip at Flemington in brilliant fashion, sprinting his last 600m in 34.82 secs. Jockey Billy Egan can park the 5YO just behind the pace on the fence from barrier 2 with plenty of cover in transit and Chamois Road is set for his 3rd win on the trot. Currently Chamois Road is at terrific odds at $9.50 in the fixed odds market.
By Owens Wong, Editor