From Les Bridge
Horse: Celestial Legend
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 1, Schweppes Hcp) He’s by Dundeel, he’s got a great pedigree for a mile-and-a-quarter. I bought him thinking he’d make a nice stayer, so I’m surprised he is sprinting so good. He’ll run well. He will probably go out for a spell after that, we’re not going to overdo him at two. He’s just in to have a bit of education and then go out.
From John Sargent
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 2, Midway Hcp) We gave her a good break but she’s got her confidence back now and I think she’s back in form. She had that good win at Randwick and last start I think she got bogged down on the track at 1500m first time. Back to a better track it should be a nice race for her. That was a very strong race for a Midway (last start over 1500m three weeks ago), I don’t think it’s as strong on Saturday. We’ll probably come back a shade so she can hit the line strong. We won’t be in a rush early, hopefully we can get at them late. She has a big finish. We’ll try to find a weak black type race for her but she’s going the right way.
Horse: Essential Sky
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 7, Vale Ian Finn Hcp) I am prepared to forgive Essential Sky for her failure in the Warrnambool Cup. I thought (Essential Sky) liked it wet but that was terrible so she’s a chance.
Horse: Pink Ivory
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 9, Lord Mayors Cup) Pink Ivory faces a wide barrier in the Listed Lord Mayors Cup and is resigned to ride the mare for luck. She’s won from the back before, she’ll relax early and hopefully there’s a strong pace to have her chance. She missed the jump at Wagga and got a bit too far back. We’ve added brow band and that might make her jump a bit better.
From David Payne
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 2, Midway Hcp) Resuming in the race but he’ll likely need the run.
Horse: Sweet Mercy
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 2, Midway Hcp) The filly was disqualified after she finished 3rd in the Midway at Hawkesbury last month, due to Zac Lloyd unfortunately weighing in light, and she can be forgiven for her unplaced effort at Kensington on May 10. She was ridden upside down the other day, she was up front and she doesn’t run like that. She’s better with a smother, she finishes off, and it’s an ideal trip for her at 1400m.
Horse: Navajo Peak
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 9, Lord Mayors Cup) If he steps up I’d like to look at the Metropolitan and races like that. He’ll have to go close if we are thinking of races like that but he’ll be competitive and tries very hard. I told the owner when I first got him he’s going to win a decent race and he’s still a baby, he keeps improving. I think he will get further, I think he will end up around a mile and a half. We want to put him out after this race and bring him back for the carnival. He keeps stepping up, he should have won the Cup at Gosford the other day. He was very unlucky. We’ve won five with him, he’s been a bit unlucky in some races but that’s racing. Barrier one is perfect for him, he’s an on pace horse who will be up in the first couple of pairs.
From Annabel Neasham
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 9, Lord Mayors Cup) Hopeful, he’s a really nice horse and won this race last year, he probably wants it a bit wetter to see him at his best.
Horse: Bois D’Argent
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 9, Lord Mayors Cup) A winner at Listed level over a mile in France, Bois D’Argent goes into the race with the benefit of two lead-up runs, the most recent a 3rd to Esti Feny in the Gosford Gold Cup on May 6. He’s had the run at Gosford, he will have improved significantly out of that run fitness-wise.
From Keith Dryden
Horse: Sister Moon
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 3, Highway Hcp) I think she’s been pretty well placed. I think she goes all right but I don’t think she is a champion, in that grade she should run capably. She’s been in her right grade and looked convincing. The thing that sticks in the back of my mind is she hasn’t been tested against this level yet so we’ll find out on Saturday. It was a good effort (2nd up win) but I sat down and had a good look at the run in the days after and decided dropping her to 1200m would be the go. I think she’d be better suited by the 1200m
Horse: Handle The Truth
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Precise Air Hcp) Handle The Truth ran a gallant 4th behind Mnementh in the Wagga Town Plate after being forced to concede too much start from a wide gate. I thought he went fantastic at Wagga. I would have liked to see a nice inside barrier for him to get the 1500m but it’s not too bad. He’s been a great horse, he’s won $1.7m and this prep so far he’s got around $50,000 so he’s paying for himself. He’s a great horse and I love him to death, I won’t have anybody say anything bad about him.
From The Editor
Sydney Race 3 – Preemptory
Sydney Race 7 – Union Gap
Sydney Race 9 – Thalassophile