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By Darren Winningham | Thursday, March 21, 2019


Big day of racing at Rosehill – it is a shame that it has been raining consistently in Sydney and the track will be rated as “HEAVY” - the rail is in the true position.

R1 – Resin (2) from 5,3,10
R2 - Wagner (13) from 14,8,1
R3 – Vin De Dance (4) from 10,6,9
R4 – The Autumn Son (1) from 9,7,2
R5 – Winx (4) from 2,5,8
R6 – Danzdanzdance (10) from 13,2,12
R7 – Golden Slipper (see full preview below)
R8 – Redzel (1) from 3,4,6 rough chance 8
R9 – Karavali (2) from 8,11,5


Race 7 The 2019 LONGINES GOLDEN SLIPPER (Group 1)

This is an open field this year with the heavy track drawing an extra factor into the race.

Godolphin and the mighty royal BLUE colours have launched an assault on this race this year with five runners in the confirmed field of 16 being entered for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The James Cummings stable has been firing in recent months. They won their first Magic Millions on the Gold Coast in January with Exhilarates (15) with Kerrin McEvoy aboard. The pair take their place in the field here this weekend.

The sensation in recent weeks has been Tenley (9) and she has been solidly supported in the lead up to the Golden Slipper. Her wins in the Pierro and Reisling in her past two starts have been remarkable. She has drawn well in barrier 6 and she has had some trials on some rain affected ground and fared well.

There are some other Godolphin runners that must be considered as well.

Microphone (2) may announce himself as a winner at some stage. This Exceed and Excel colt has been very solid in all his starts in Victoria before coming to Randwick and winning the Skyline 3 weeks ago. He has no disclosed wet track form but his breeding would indicate that he should manage it well.

Bivouac (17) is the first emergency from Godolphin (that would make six runners if they all get their chance to race). This colt has won on a heavy track and resumed a fortnight ago and ran out of condition in the Todman. He will strip better for that run and Brad Rawiller has been booked to ride him.

Lyre (7) is owned by Godolphin – however she is trained by Anthony Freedman. This is the Lonhro filly that came from well back and won the 2019 Blue Diamond at Caulfield a month ago. Since then she has had a barrier trial on a soft track at Randwick and demonstrated that she is ready to perform here this weekend.

I keep coming back to the Chris Waller trained colt Yes, Yes, Yes (1) who resumed with a striking win in the Todman a fortnight ago. His time was slightly more than Tenley (9) but both of their runs were sensational. Blake Shinn, who has resumed recently from a neck injury, has been riding in unbelievable form. He retains the ride here.

The barrier will turn a fair few punters off I think – barrier 19 – but I think come race 7 if the ground is chopped up it may pay to be drawn a little wide. In saying that I am certain that some jockeys will skirt wide whilst others may stay along the rail and take the shortest way home!

Either way it will be a dramatic race and spectacle. This runner has won and proven himself on “soft” ground – hopefully he will manage the heavy track.

Loving Gaby (16) is a Ciaron Maher & David Eustace trained filly who I believe was desperately unlucky when sent out as favourite in the Blue Diamond in February.

Overlook that run for mine and go on the solid win on debut at Caulfield. She has had a recent solid hit out in a barrier trial at Randwick on a soft track. She was commanding winning that trial and I think she will be a contender in the race this year.

You cannot overlook the win of Cosmic Force (5) on the heavy track here last weekend in the Pago Pago where he demoralised the opposition, storming away to win by over 7 lengths as the $3.50 favourite. He has shown a liking to heavy tracks in his four career starts – he certainly will not be bothered by the heavy conditions.

Peter & Paul Snowden know how to get their horses to peak on the day for these big races as well. Mark Zahra has been booked to ride the Deep Field colt for the first time.

It could well be a BLUE trifecta. That would be an interesting sight and will send the racing historians scurrying to their record books to see if this has ever occurred!

Selections: 1-9-5-16 rough chances 2,7,15,17



Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5 NSW only)

13,14 / 4,6,10 / 1 / 4 - cost is $6 to $1

Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

2,10,13 / 1,5,9,16 / 1,3,4,6 / 2,5,8,11 - cost is $192 to $1

Value Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

10,13 / 1,9,16 / 1,3 / 2,8 - cost is $24 to $1

Treble (races 7 to 9)

1,5,9,16 / 1,3,4,6 / 2,5,8,11 - cost is $64 to $1



Looks like we will race on a “SOFT” track this weekend if the rain stays away!

R1 - Gem of Scotland (5)
R4 - Music (1)
R6 - It Aint All Honey (8)
R7 - Racecourse Road (3)
R8 - King Lear (12) Malvern Estate (9) – 13,11,1

Quaddie (races 5 to 8)

3,7,8 / 6,8,9 / 1,3,4,8 / 9,11,12,13 - cost is $144 to $1

Treble (races 6 to 8)

6,8,9 / 1,3,4,8 / 9,11,12,13 - cost is $48 to $1

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