The Golden Gift meeting will be held at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. The course proper was rated a Soft 7 on Thursday and with showers forecast for Sydney leading up to the weekend, Rosehill is likely to be racing on a Heavy track on raceday.
The Keith Dryden-trained Express Courier has been in good form and he can take out the Drinkwise Country Classic (Sydney Race 4, 2000m). This 5YO gelding has won twice with a 2nd from 3 starts this preparation. Stepping up to 2000m 4th up looks ideal and he is unbeaten at the trip winning 2 from 2. Express Courier also has good wet track form. With in-form apprentice Tom Sherry’s 2kg claim, Express Courier will only be carrying 55kg. Nicely drawn in barrier 3, Sherry will settle just behind the leading bunch and Express Courier will be too strong at the finish.
The Maher & Eustace stable has been on fire this spring and they can continue their winning streak with Sneaky Five in the Golden Gift (Sydney Race 6, 1100m). The Fastnet Rock filly won her only career start in the Inglis Banner at Mooney Valley two weeks ago on a Soft 7 track. Stepping up to 1100m is natural progression for the 2YO. The filly is in-form and has proven that she can handle the wet condition. Regan Bayliss is likely to go to the front from that good gate (2) and Sneaky Five could prove hard to catch.
Positive Peace can achieve back-to-back black type victories by taking out the Hot Danish Stakes (Sydney Race 7, 1400m). This Bjorn Baker-trained mare did well three starts back over this track and trip in the Group 2 Golden Pendant as she was only beaten 1.6 lengths by Subpoenaed and she came back in trip last start to take out The Nivison on a Heavy 8 track. Stepping back up in distance will suit and the 5YO loves 1400m having won 5 times from 7 attempts at the trip. Positive Peace has as good a record on wet tracks with 5 victories in the conditions. Joshua Parr will go forward to be one off one back and Positive Peace will be ready to pounce in the straight.
By Owens Wong, Editor