Sydney racing will return to Rosehill this Saturday. Rosehill was rated a Good 3 on Thursday and with fine & sunny weather through out the week in Sydney, racing will be held on a Good track on Saturday.
The Manfred Stakes meeting will be held at Caulfield on Saturday. Caulfield was rated a Dead 4 on Thursday and with fine weather forecast for Melbourne, the track should border on Good / Dead on raceday.
In the opening event at Rosehill (Sydney Race 1, 1200m), the Gai Waterhouse-trained Woodbine won well two weeks ago over this distance 1st up. He’ll be fitter 2nd up and from barrier 3, Rawiller will settle the 3YO just behind the leader. With only 5 runners in the race, he won’t get pocketed and should get a clear run in the straight. He’ll be at short odds but he should win.
Peggy Jean from the Gerald Ryan yard can continue her winning way in the ATC Membership On Sale Now Handicap (Sydney Race 2, 1200m). Peggy Jean won her last start in the Inglis Classic and in the process beating the highly rated Boomwaa. Tommy Berry will take over from the injured Kerrin McEvoy on Saturday. From barrier 7, the filly will settle a touch behind mid-field one off the fence until the straight. Peggy Jean has a good sprint and she should be able to beat this field (most of them are first starters).
In the TAB.co.au BM85 Handicap (Sydney Race 5, 1100m), I like the 1st up Knight Exemplar. This Waterhouse-trained 4YO has a good record over 1100m having won twice & placed twice from 5 starts. He has also won & placed 3 times from 4 starts first up. In my opinion, he was a little outclassed in open handicap in the two starts before his spell. Back to BM85 on Saturday suits him better. From barrier 5, Rawiller will be able to settle Knight Exemplar just behind the leader and get a cushy run. Watch him sprint strongly in the straight.
The Manfred Stakes (Melbourne Race 6, 1200m) is the starting point for a lot of autumn carnival horses such as Princess Harada, Bull Point, Fast ‘N’ Rocking & Monkstone. I like the Sydney visitor Bull Point. He has been racing against top class horses in Sydney like Zoustar & Eurozone, and I was very taken by his last start 3rd in the Golden Rose (coming from a long way back). He had won his only 1st up start, and he is versatile in that he can either lead or come from behind. Damien Oliver seems to be pretty confident on the 3YO as well. Bull Point is the way to go.
By Owens Wong, Editor