From Richard & Will Freedman
Horse: Love Tap
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 9, Vale Nick Moraitis Handicap) Love Tap has trained on well since winning a barrier trial at Rosehill following an unplaced first-up run at Flemington. Love Tap is protecting an unbeaten second-up record and has shown previously he is effective on rain-affected going. Love Tap is a hard horse to get a proper read on. We were very happy with his trial but he just sort of goes through the motions at trackwork. But we are expecting an improved run although he has struck a pretty handy benchmark 88 so he will need to bring his ‘A game’ to be competitive. Love Tap will roll forward and be up on the pace, trying to dictate to his rivals.
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 9, Vale Nick Moraitis Handicap) The German import is set to make her Australian debut. Schwesterherz is likely to go back. We have probably been riding her a bit upside down in her trials. We will ride her with cover and I think she will have a pretty good turn of speed to close out the race. She might take a little while to get used to our style of racing but she is going well and her form in Germany is pretty compelling for a race like this.
From Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
Horse: Oceanic Flash
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 4, Fujitsu General Hcp) He’s been a victim of bad gates and having to go back. You couldn’t run on from back in the field the other day and he’s another that’s drawn a bit better (gate 3). He won’t be as suited if we cop all that rain, he gets through it but he’s not a lover of it. Getting back to a mile and a half and getting down in weight, a better draw, he will get a chance to show if he has come back to form.
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 6, Ranvet Hcp) The softer draw (gate 2) combined with the step up in distance presents Lease with his best chance to win a race this preparation. I reckon racing is so competitive now that barriers win races. A classic example was last week at Randwick, if you drew inside five you had a huge advantage. He’s drawn well at last, I’ve only had him a short time of course but I’ve been happy with his two runs and he’s giving the impression he is going to appreciate 1500m. I thought the way he battled on the other day after doing work he raced like a horse that did need to step up in ground. He probably needed his first run, he drew wide and was three wide on the speed. At least from this draw he is going to get half a decent run in the race. By not using Tyler (Schiller) this week it makes it a bit harder in the sense he doesn’t get any weight relief. But he’s done well, I’ve been quite happy with the way he’s going, so he gets his chance to show us what he’s worth.
From Bjorn Baker
Horse: Shades Of Rose
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 5, Bisley Workwear Hcp) The three-year-old won her first two starts at Bathurst, including a track record in a 7-1/2 length win over 1100m, before rising to city grade with an all the way Canterbury win at the end of summer. She’s always shown a lot. Her second run at Bathurst was a track record so she goes well. She’s going to go onto better things, that’s the hope anyway. Shades Of Rose warmed up for the rise to Saturday company with two trials highlighted by a runaway win over the talented Nasturtium at Rosehill on June 20. She has speed from gate one, we’ll use that, and she is in good order. She gets through everything (track conditions) pretty well, she’s made good improvement throughout this prep. From her first to second trial she improved lengths and she’s ready to run a good race. She’s definitely ready to go 1100m first-up.
Horse: The Catch
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 6, Ranvet Hcp) The Catch is having his second run for the stable after his stable debut two weeks ago. He tracked into the race, over 1800m won by Naval Seal, okay coming to the turn but didn’t finish it off. It’s hard to know what to make of that run. It’s always hard to know where you’re at coming back from Brisbane. One thing about him he doesn’t mind a bit of cut in the track so if the rain comes he’s going to come into it a little bit. He drops 2kg with the claim for Tyler Schiller and draws the inside.
From Joseph Pride
Horse: Titanium Power
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 10, Schweppes Hcp) Leading throughout to score over 1300m at Rosehill a fortnight ago, he will line up over the same course and distance in Saturday’s Schweppes Handicap. He rises two kilos in weight to 62.5kg but the impost is not a concern. I ended up winning about three midweeks with him because of his ability to carry weight. He’s a huge, big, strong horse and I didn’t want to take Rory (Hutchings) off. He’s won all his races on him, so I have left him on with the big weight. If he gets beat, it won’t be the weight.
Horse: Silent Agenda
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 10, Schweppes Hcp) While Silent Agenda faces a hard task from barrier 15, he is going well and likely to back-up in the South Grafton Cup on Sunday week in a bid to qualify for The Big Dance.
From The Editor
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