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The Rosehill Wrap : 2019 Coolmore Classic Day

The Rosehill Timeform wrap of Saturday's Coolmore Classic meeting by Racing and Sports Form Analyst Alex Steedman.

The Rosehill Wrap : 2019 Coolmore Classic Day

The Rosehill Timeform recap featuring a race by race overview of key performers and ones to watch out of the Coolmore Classic Day program on March 16.

Ron Quinton continued his recent dominance of the Coolmore Classic with Dixie Blossoms recording the strongest winning figure of the race since Typhoon Tracy in 2009.

 


Dixie Blossoms
Dixie Blossoms Picture:Racing and Sports

 

The daughter of Street Sense gave Quinton his third Coolmore Classic win in four years, following in the footsteps of Peeping Horseform (2016) and Daysee Doom Horseform (2018).

Dixie Blossoms Horseform was the only Australian-bred winner through the last five races at Rosehill on Saturday.

Fifty Stars Horseform continued his strong form in Australia by taking out the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) ahead of another Irish import, Mask Of Time Horseform.

The son of Sea The Stars is now exempt from ballot in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships.

He has shot to the top of betting after last Saturday’s Ajax Stakes win which over the past few years holds up strongly as a form line in the prestigious mile event.

 

Race 1: Star Of The Seas - Benchmark 88 3YO+ Handicap (1350m)

 

Star Of The Seas Horseform was building towards this nicely having kicked off his campaign with two seconds.

On Saturday he was third up, ready to go and produced a Timeform rating of 98.

The son of Ocean Park was the only horse on the program who ran inside standard time for the meeting.

That’s encouraging for him, particularly considering the stable from here are trying to get him into the Doncaster Mile.

He’ll be off to the Doncaster Mile Prelude from here where the winner is exempt from ballot in the main event.

Hogmanay Horseform in fourth was finding the line nicely first up off a 14 month spell. The son of Lonhro prior to that absence was a solid money earner for connections.

He would have been in dire need of that outing. A trip to Queensland during the Sydney autumn carnival could be an option for the son of Lonhro.

 

Race 2: Easy Eddie - Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m)

 

Easy Eddie Horseform enjoyed a nice run in behind the leaders and one off the fence. The son of Super Easy was good in the straight and in the process claimed his first victory at Group level.

 

Easy Eddie
Easy Eddie Picture:(Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

 

The son of Super Easy recorded a Timeform rating of 109 for the win. It’s a shade below the five year winning average.

The Galaxy is this Saturday. Connections have nominated him and should certainly consider backing him up. It will likely be a Soft track on Saturday and he loves the sting out.

Trekking Horseform in fourth was the eye catcher first up. He worked through his grades last prep. Might be ready to take another step this autumn

 

Race 3: Kiamichi - Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m)

 

Godolphin ran first, third and fourth in this race. It’s a result which typifies the dominance of their two-year-olds so far this season.

 

 

Kiamichi Horseform was the winner. She’s produced a Timeform rating of 109 for the victory.

It’s a shade below the five year average of the race however it has been won by some nice fillies in that time.

 

Kiamichi
Kiamichi Picture:Racing and Sports

 

Sunlight Horseform won it last year, Speak Fondly Horseform won it in 2015, Alizee Horseform ran second to Tulip Horseform in 2017.

The Golden Slipper is next for her. The double has been claimed five times. Bint Marscay was the last to do so in 1993.

Others to have achieved the feat include Toy Show (1975), Century Miss (1979), Dark Eclipse (1980) and Bounding Away (1986).

Outside of Kiamichi, third placegetter Athiri Horseform can also be Slipper bound although did pull up with the thumps post race.

Probabeel Horseform was good late to run sixth. The New Zealand Raider could be a Sires’/Champagne Stakes filly. By Savabeel out of Pins. She’s desperate for more ground.

 

Race 4: Cosmic Force - Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m)

 

It took until the last minute however Cosmic Force Horseform has stamped himself as a genuine Golden Slipper contender. The Deep Field colt enjoyed a nice run just off the leader and skipped over the rain affected ground. He put more than seven lengths back to second.

 

 

The son of Deep Field is seemingly peaking at the right time and on Saturday ran to a Timeform rating of 118. It’s the highest winning figure of the Pago Pago since All Too Hard Horseform won in 2012.

The Team Snowden-trained colt has shown twice now he’s in his element on rain affected ground. Realistically, that’s what the Golden Slipper will be conducted on this weekend.

 

Cosmic Force
Cosmic Force Picture:Racing and Sports

 

Three horses have won the Pago Pago-Golden Slipper double. Stratum was the last in 2005 who followed the likes of Inspired (1984) and Rory’s Jester (1985).

Cosmic Force certainly ran figures on Saturday to suggest he can join them.

 

Race 5: Verry Elleegant - Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m)

 

The kiwi in Verry Elleegant Horseform came to the fore on Saturday and the daughter of Zed was dominant on the heavy track. She’s produced a Timeform rating of 115 for the win. She’s the fourth filly in five years to win this race.

They’ve all been trained by Chris Waller. Winx Horseform, Foxplay Horseform and Unforgotten Horseform have been the others.

 

Verry Elleegant
Verry Elleegant Picture:Racing and Sports

 

This race used to be held on Golden Slipper Day, they’ve brought it forward a week. It now means the race is two weeks before the Vinery which is perfect for fillies heading there.

Verry Elleegant is off to the Vinery Stud Stakes next then likely the Australian Oaks. Unforgotten claimed the Phar Lap Stakes - Australian Oaks double last year.

Seabrook and Aristia were good filling the minors.

 

Race 6: Red Cardinal - Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m)

 

Red Cardinal Horseform has now had two starts for Kris Lees for as many wins. The son of Montjeu commenced this prep on rain affected ground and has thrived on it.

 

 

The Australian Bloodstock-raced stayer has run to 113 in both starts for Lees. After Saturday he’ll keep progressing toward the Sydney Cup. Races like the Manion Cup (2400m) and Chairman’s Quality (2600m) shape as his next targets.

Goathland Horseform was solid in third. He can go to those same races and carry no weight on his back. He was a first up winner at Benchmark level over 2000m. On Saturday he ticked the boxes at stakes level and on rain affected ground in Australia.

Brimham Rocks Horseform was good enough in fourth too. It’s shaping as a solid form reference in these staying races over the next month.

 

Race 7: Dixie Blossoms - Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m)

 

Dixie Blossoms has long been a staple of the fillies and mares racing scene in Sydney. She was already a dual Group 1 placegetter but this will really maximise her value.

The daughter of Street Sense got a cosy run on the fence. While she was held up badly at the top of the straight, once that gap emerged at the furlong she just exploded through it.

 

 

We’ve got her running to a Timeform rating of 120, it’s the highest winning of a Coolmore Classic in a decade since Typhoon Tracy Horseform won.

Ron Quinton has a stranglehold on this race. He’s won three of the past four Coolmore Classics now. Peeping in 2016, Daysee Doom last year and now Dixie Blossoms. Daysee and Dixie both won the race at 20-1.

Saturday was just Dixie Blossom’s second run this prep. You would expect Ron would send her to the Emancipation Stakes and the Coolmore Legacy from here where the mare will undoubtedly be one of the proven class runners in each of those races.

Outside of Dixie Blossoms, Aloisia Horseform along the fence in fifth was solid. She could be working to something third up.

 

Race 8: Fifty Stars - Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m)

 

Jye McNeil gave Fifty Stars Horseform a beautiful run in fourth and one off the fence.

The son of Sea The Stars was clear on straightening and quickened nicely inside the final 100m.

 

Fifty Stars
Fifty Stars Picture:Racing and Sports

 

We’ve got him running to 119 which is a shade above the five year winning average of an Ajax Stakes.

The win confirms him a start in the Doncaster Mile where the Hayes Dabernig runner will carry no weight on his back.

Recent history suggests you’re in a good spot heading to the Doncaster if you win this race.

It’s Somewhat claimed the Ajax Stakes - Doncaster Mile ouble in 2017.

Comin’ Through almost did the same in 2018.

Dyslexic Horseform finished third. She’s produced two strong runs to commence her prep. It was somewhat surprising to see her contest this instead of the Coolmore Classic.

She is worth keeping an eye out for third up likely contesting either the Doncaster Prelude (1500m) or the Emancipation Stakes (1500m) on March 30.

 

Race 9: Supernova - Benchmark 78 3YO+ Handicap (1900m)

 

Supernova Horseform wrapped up a superb day for the imports. They won four of the last five races on the program. Dixie Blossoms was the only resistance.

The son of Intello faced a wall of horses on straightening but managed to weave a path and was strong in the final furlong.

He returned a Timeform rating of 103.

Supernova on Saturday only took out a Benchmark 78 Handicap. He can string a few more wins together at Benchmark level before things get serious.

Team Hawkes no doubt brought the lightly-raced type over with a view to racing him over ten furlongs and beyond.

Our staying ranks are thin and this in particular is reflected at Benchmark level with races generally made up of exposed off-season types.

A horse of Supernova’s profile should be able to string a few Benchmark wins together this prep.

Racing And Sports



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R7 ROSEHILL 16 March 2019
Coolmore Classic 3UFM , 1500m
Race Synopsis: Highly consistent mare Dixie Blossoms broke through for her first Group 1 victory in winning here, her seventh win (13 placings) from 30 starts. She settled in tenth place on the rails from barrier two, made ground on the inner nearing the home turn, got a split to hit the front on passing the 200m and then went on to score a very good win. El Dorado Dreaming settled back in 14th place from her difficult barrier (17), improved between runners at the home turn to be in a challenging position at the 200m. She then kept fighting well for a very good second. Princess Posh settled back in 16th place from her very wide barrier (19). She looked for a run between horses at the home turn, got into clear running at the 200m and then ran on well to gain third in a photo from Mizzy who had been a handy sixth before fighting on gamely for (3.9 lengths) fourth. Aloisia was back in 18th place, improved along the rails halfway down the straight and kept running on well for (4.2 lengths) fifth in a good effort at her second run back, just in advance of Oregon's Day who had been a handy seventh, hit the front at the 200m and battled well for (5.3 lengths) sixth.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
2. DIXIE BLOSSOMS (AUS)
6yo Mare
R J QUINTON
CHRISTIAN REITH
56.5
$21.00
 
STREET SENSE (USA) - WHISTLE DIXIE (NZ)
A S Osburg
2nd  
15. EL DORADO DREAMING (AUS)
3yo Filly
KRIS LEES
BRENTON AVDULLA
53.5
$21.00
 
ILOVETHISCITY (AUS) - SOLANAS (NZ)
Ms Y E Pearce
3rd  
13. PRINCESS POSH (AUS)
5yo Mare
KRIS LEES
KERRIN MCEVOY
55.0
$41.00
 
CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) - THE BARONESS (AUS)
 Australian Bloodstock (L Murrell), Australian Bloodstock No 2 (J Lovett), G Smith, J Mibus, P Harbrow, K Brian, D Doyle, A Jenkyns, S Humphries, W Cook, T Marczenko, K Milne, J Milne, G Howland, Dr P Jeffery, J Cahill, M Harbrow, Pat-Rick Racing (R Tierney) & Bfp Thoroughbreds (J Fairbanks)
4th  22. MIZZY (AUS)
3yo Filly
ANTHONY CUMMINGS
COREY BROWN
51.0
$17.00
5th  10. ALOISIA (NZ)
4yo Mare
C MAHER & D EUSTACE
JAY FORD
55.0
$31.00
6th  5. OREGON'S DAY (AUS)
5yo Mare
MICK PRICE
MICHAEL WALKER
56.0
$16.00
7th  8. NOIRE (AUS)
5yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
DAMIAN LANE
55.5
$26.00
8th  12. INVINCIBLE GEM (AUS)
5yo Mare
KRIS LEES
JASON COLLETT
55.0
$21.00
9th  14. SAVATIANO (AUS)
4yo Mare
JAMES CUMMINGS
A HYERONIMUS
54.0
$17.00
10th  19. MANICURE (AUS)
4yo Mare
JAMES CUMMINGS
ROBBIE DOLAN
52.0
$16.00
11th  9. WHITE MOSS (AUS)
5yo Mare
JASON COYLE
KATHY O'HARA
55.5
$51.00
12th  17. JAMAICAN RAIN (AUS)
6yo Mare
RICHARD LAMING
GLEN BOSS
52.5
$5.00
13th  3. SAVVY COUP (NZ)
4yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
OPIE BOSSON
56.5
$101.00
14th  11. I AM SERIOUS (AUS)
5yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
JAMES MCDONALD
55.0
$5.00
15th  4. ECKSTEIN (AUS)
5yo Mare
KURT GOLDMAN
SAM CLIPPERTON
56.0
$51.00
16th  21. MANDYLION (AUS)
4yo Mare
GWENDA MARKWELL
ANDREW ADKINS
51.0
$51.00
17th  18. BELLA MARTINI (AUS)
4yo Mare
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
JYE MC NEIL
52.0
$51.00
18th  20. MOSS TRIP (AUS)
4yo Mare
P & P SNOWDEN
TOMMY BERRY
52.5
$11.00
19th  6. ALASSIO (AUS)
5yo Mare
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
55.5
$17.00
20th  16. FIESTA (AUS)
3yo Filly
CHRIS WALLER
GLYN SCHOFIELD
53.0
$12.00


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