Ten races are on the program this Saturday at Rosehill, with the Listed January Cup headlining over 2000m.
Rain is expected throughout the week and the rail remains in its actual position at time of posting.
Our best pre-meeting bets can be found below.
Race 1 – 11:25 am – Class 3 Handicap (1200m)
Far from being an easy race to start the day with a field of capacity for sprinters coming out.
Steplee is recovering in search of his hat-trick after scoring two very impressive wins at Scone and Muswellbrook last year. He has work to do from the gate, but James McDonald is on board and his wet track form is improving as well.
Golden Point is also out three times in a row and comes back on a quick save. Leave a few pounds with the steering Jason Collett and he’s another who will appreciate any sting off the track.
Kinjina has already won this trip and is running on the quick save after finishing third at Inverell on New Years Day. She is drawn to the weapon and needs to be considered.
Point: 2 units
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 1
Race 2 – 12h00 – Fujitsu General Handicap (1500m)
Dynamic Impact had back-to-back wins on his return to racing before finding the mile too far on Boxing Day at Randwick.
One of those wins came with Jenny Duggan on board, and he should be in great shape now for four points back.
Real Impact’s son handles soft terrain, and the step backwards at 1500m should be fine.
Point: 2 dynamic impact units
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 2
Race 3 – 12:35 – Handicap Air Précis (1500m)
Saigon is now reaching her preferred distance, where she has won twice and placed twice before.
The mare I Am Invincible regained a short second place at Rosehill last month behind a good horse at Shihonka, and that form reads well.
It’s in better shape for two runs and meets its weight rivals a little better, and its soft trail shape builds up if it rains.
Point: 3 Saigon units
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 3
Race 4 – 1:10 p.m. – Midway Handicap (1400m)
Wide open race with a deal to do for a few.
Nictock is a super consistent gelding who hasn’t had a bad race recently. Comes out at 1,400m for the first time, but was found late Boxing Day when he was fourth at Animate over 1,200m in Randwick.
Nicconi’s son has had to overcome wide doors in his last two starts but seems to have plenty of options this time around from barrier 3 and should run well.
More Sundays was an impressive second two-length winner at Beaudesert and now puts Rachel King in the saddle. He’ll need the big gate’s luck, but he’s able to keep going.
Holy Reign tends to run well at this point in his preparation, and he can significantly improve his first run when he was third at Randwick.
Point: 2 units
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 4
Race 5 – 13:45 – Petaluma Handicap (1400m)
A bit like Lackeen who fell back to 1400m after some effort on the mile.
The five-year-old Godolphin finished third to Lightning Jack a few weeks ago at Randwick, and that form reads well with third setter Zegalo who will rank again on Boxing Day.
He didn’t win out of his turn, but Lackeen edged his rivals by more than a length first at Flemington over 1400m. As long as the track isn’t too wet, he should be right.
Point: 3 Lakeen units
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 5
Race 6 – 2:20 p.m. – ACY Securities Handicap (1100m)
Never Second was struck out of Wednesday’s meeting at Warwick Farm in favor of a start here, and I think it can measure up in town.
The Zoustar mare had two impressive victories with a combined margin of four lengths, both on wet runs at Kembla Grange and Gosford. She is in better shape for four races back and has drawn well, while she has never missed the silver in three starts over 1,100m.
Rule of Law follows a similar storyline after two comfortable wins at Kembla Grange. The wide door is the only knock, but it must be included.
Point: 2 units never second
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 6
Race 7 – 3:00 p.m. – Ranvet Handicap (1500m)
Canasta has been doing well lately and seems to be working towards another win.
Mafki’s six-year-old son was less than a length behind For Valor last week on the Kensington track, and is now returning to the quick save as he looks to do better.
The gelding trained by Bjorn Baker has ranked in three of his four starts on a short save, and he has plenty of form at Rosehill to suggest he can add to that record.
Joshua Parr took it to three wins and two standings in seven starts, and the duo should do their best late.
Point: 3 Canasta Units
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 7
Race 8 – 3:40 p.m. – Listed January Cup (2000m)
Chris Waller topped this year’s January Cup acceptances, and one of his best chances appears to be the seven-year-old gelding So You Win.
So You Think’s son returned home to win at Doomben twice on the same trip, and he looked well on his way to a brace atop the Summer Cup straight before weakening late to finish seventh.
He ended up wide that day and had to do a lot of work in transit, so the inner door should improve his chances of bouncing.
With three wins to his name at Rosehill and an impressive resume on the soft track, he is in the lead for mine.
Point: 3 units for you to earn
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 8
Race 9 – 4:20 p.m. – Chandon Handicap (1800m)
Eager to give the normally consistent Zegalo another chance here.
The five-year-old Chris Waller trained holds fourth place after an ill-fated race in the straight on Boxing Day where he finished third behind Dhakuri at Randwick.
He was the beaten favorite that day and will likely go here at low odds, and if he can get past the wide gate early, he should be in the mix again.
Point: 2 Zegalo units
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 9
Race 10 – 5:00 p.m. – Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1200m)
The Ranges’ victories are spaced out, but he has a form around Animate after running a second half-length on Boxing Day at Randwick.
The son of Shooting To Win was only beaten in this race for the last 50 meters, and I think he showed a real kick at the top of the straight after running in speed for the majority.
He’s improving, losing a few pounds and loving a wet track. At the current price, I think it deserves the detour in every way.
Point: 3 units E / W Ranges
Bet Now: Rosehill Race 10