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The Rosehill Wrap - March 24

The Rosehill Timeform recap for the Golden Slipper Day meeting on March 24 discussing key performers from the nine race program.

The Rosehill Wrap - March 24

The Rosehill Timeform recap featuring a race by race recap of key performers from Golden Slipper Day on March 24.

Super Saturday at Rosehill did not disappoint with five Group 1’s held across the program.

Winx made it win number 24 on the trot contesting the George Ryder Stakes while 1.8 lengths away in third Kementari reaffirmed his status as Doncaster Mile favourite.


Winx
Winx Picture:Steve Hart

The Waller stable enjoyed a race to race Group 1 double courtesy of D’Argento taking out the Rosehill Guineas.

Second across the line in the Guineas but relegated to fourth, Vin De Dance looks set to have the last laugh contesting the Australian Derby in two week’s time.

Fillies filled the Golden Slipper trifecta for the second successive year before consistent mare In Her Time claimed a thoroughly deserved Group 1 in The Galaxy.

Race 1: I Am Excited - Listed Derby Munro Stakes (1200m)

David Pfeiffer placed I Am Excited Horseform perfectly on Saturday and she repayed him. She was pitchforked into the race under Set Weights plus Penalties.

We gave her win a Timeform rating of 113.

The Arrowfield Stud Sprint in three weeks is next for her. She’s a filly in form and clearly a live chance there.

I Am Excited
I Am Excited Picture:Steve Hart

The runner up Isaurian Horseform will likely go there too. He’ll meet her 2kg worse at the weights from Saturday under Set Weights. That was only his third career start though so the colt perhaps has a shade more upside.

Race 2: The Pinnacle - Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m)

After three placings, The Pinnacle Horseform was poised to be put into the bridesmaid category but she saved herself.

The win yielded a Timeform rating of 101.

The Epona Stakes is a funny race. There aren’t many Group 3’s for fillies and mares over this sort of trip. It’s a race which gives mares the chance to get some black type who would otherwise most likely slip through the cracks.

She’s a well bred mare being a half to a pair of stakes performers so that win will certainly go a long way in maximising her broodmare value.

Domed Horseform and Nettoyer Horseform out wide for the placings have done the same thing.

Race 3: Master Of Arts - Group 3 Manion Cup (2400m)

In a 2400m event on a testing track, Master Of Arts Horseform was the rock hard fit horse in the race.

He had also been kept sharp with some recent jumps trials too.

These things combined were a recipe for success and he’s run to a Timeform rating of 108.

Next for him is the Chairman’s Quality at Randwick in two week’s time.

Three of the last four Manion Cup winners have claimed the Manion Cup-Chairman’s Quality double. His stablemate Big Duke Horseform was the last to do it 12 months ago.

Alward Horseform in second is by far though the horse to follow from the race. He got a long way back and was strong late. Third up 2400m isn’t easy on a testing track like that. It was an encouraging Sydney Cup audition.

Race 4: Gailo Chop - Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m)

Gailo was the shortest priced favourite of the day (outside of Winx) and delivered like one.

We’ve awarded him a Timeform rating of 125. That’s the highest winning figure of a Ranvet Stakes since Tie The Knot won in 2000.

Gailo Chop will back up in the BMW this Saturday and take beating. He’s a slight query at the trip but probably not enough of one to jump off him.

Single Gaze Horseform will head there as well. She was her usual honest self as was Prized Icon Horseform.

Both are better suited on firmer ground. Looking at the weather forecast, they should get that on Saturday.

Race 5: Winx - Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m)

24 straight wins now and she was superb. Happy Clapper and Kementari are extremely talented in their own right and she was still too good.

We’ve got Winx Horseform running to a Timeform rating of 126.

She’s right on track for the Queen Elizabeth in two week’s time. She’ll become the first horse since Grand Armee in 2005 to claim back to back Queen Elizabeth’s.

We all know how good Winx is. It’s the placegetters we have to be focusing in on here, Happy Clapper Horseform and Kementari Horseform who were brave behind the world’s best.

For being beaten by three quarters of a length, by Happy Clapper, Kementari will meet him 2.5kg better at the weights in next month’s Doncaster.

He’s a $4 favourite for the Doncaster and deservedly so.

Race 6: D’Argento - Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m)

There was strong market support for D’Argento and he delivered. He’s run to 120 and in the process become just the second Australian bred 3YO to win the Rosehill Guineas this decade.

Laser Hawk Horseform in 2012 is the other.

Chris Waller has to make the call now whether they go to the Derby or the Doncaster in two week’s time.

D'Argento
D'Argento Picture:Steve Hart

He has trained six of the past ten Doncaster winners so D’Argento would have to be respected if the Doncaster was the way they elected to head.

The Doncaster may be smart option as holding off the kiwi invasion in the Australian Derby next fortnight looks tough. It was like the charge of the light brigade. There was only one length between third and ninth.

Vin De Dance Horseform was great on the wrong part of the track for second past the post (relegated to fourth). Mission Hill and Mongolian Conqueror were strong out wide late.

Race 7: Estijaab - Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m)

Estijaab Horseform was given an excellent ride by Brenton Avdulla. They found the front as was able to control the race. As far as Golden Slipper’s go, she got some nice cheap mid sectionals. That meant they had enough in the tank to hold their rivals off.

She’s produced a Timeform rating of 118. That’s a shade on the low side for Slipper wins.

It means Written By’s Blue Diamond Stakes victory is still the pick of the 2YO performances this season.

Estijaab
Estijaab Picture:Steve Hart

Another talking point is fillies in the Slipper. They’ve now filled the trifecta in three of the past five runnings. They did it when Mossfun Horseform won in 2014 and last year as well led in by She Will Reign Horseform.

Oohood Horseform, Seabrook Horseform and Long Leaf Horseform, they were all finding the line like 2YO’s who can play a role in the Sires’.

Race 8: In Her Time - Group 1 Galaxy (1100m)

In Her Time Horseform got her Group 1 and boy she deserved it. In 2017 she mixed it with the best. She ran second in the Manikato Stakes, a Stradbroke and a Tatt’s Tiara.

Ben Smith’s stable star was just that bit too good for her rivals under Handicap conditions. She’s run to a Timeform rating of 121. That’s above average for a Galaxy figure.

She’s off to the TJ Smith now. Redzel Horseform will be hard to knock off but thankfully she’s got her Group 1 now.

In Her Time
In Her Time Picture:Steve Hart

English Horseform and Viridine Horseform were each charging home.

Viridine’s two runs this prep against the older horses have been top shelf. I don’t think he is quite at Open weight for age level just yet.

In three weeks there is the Arrowfield Sprint for 3YO’s at Randwick over 1200m. If James Cummings drops Viridine back to that race, the Poet’s Voice colt will take a power of beating.

Race 9: Quilista - Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m)

Backing up on a testing track with a long float trip from Victoria in between isn’t easy. Quilista Horseform however took it in her stride and led throughout.

She’s run to a Timeform rating of 107.

The Sapphire Stakes in three week’s time at Randwick shapes as a great race for her. Sugar Bella Horseform should go there as well.

They are two mares in form who can make their presence felt in a race like that.

Racing And Sports




130789
R7 ROSEHILL 24 March 2018
Longines Golden Slipper 2 , 1200m
Race Synopsis: In an all-fillies finish, Team Hawkes-trained filly Estijaab staged an excellent performance in overcoming a difficult barrier (14) and take out this famous Group One race in game fashion. She was brilliantly away and Brenton Avdulla soon took her across to lead. She then travelled nicely (first 600m 36.62), lifted after being challenged, got a break at the 200m and then on well to score by a long head in a gutsy and very good effort. Tony McEvoy-trained filly Oohood is still a maiden with placings at all five starts, now including two at Group One level. She settled in tenth place, improved nicely (between runners) at the home turn, got through on the inner to third at the 100m and kept running on well for second, beaten a long head. Sunlight was smartly away before settling in fifth place, one off the rails with cover. She moved up nicely (deep) rounding the home turn, was in a challenging position at the 200m and kept fighting gamely for third. Written By was quickly away and settled outside the leader and eventual winner (Estijaab). He looked dangerous when he challenged at the 300m and then kept battling on well for (1.8 lengths) fourth. Seabrook raced back in 11th place, tracked up (wide with cover) from the 600m and kept running on well, wide out, for (2.1 lengths) fifth. Long Leaf settled near the tail of the field from his wide barrier (15), went widest of all on turning for home and then ran on really well for (3.1 lengths) sixth in a very smart effort.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
11. ESTIJAAB (AUS)
2yo Filly
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
BRENTON AVDULLA
54.5
$8.50
 
SNITZEL (AUS) - RESPONSE (AUS)
Emirates Park (Mgr: N A H Lootah)
2nd  
12. OOHOOD (AUS)
2yo Filly
TONY MCEVOY
ZAC PURTON
54.5
$17.00
 
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - BELLA SUNDAY (AUS)
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
3rd  
10. SUNLIGHT (AUS)
2yo Filly
TONY MCEVOY
LUKE CURRIE
54.5
$5.00
 
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - SOLAR CHARGED (AUS)
 Mrs L Fung, Ms R C Parker, Mrs I E Mitchell, Mrs K L Thompson, Mrs R J Fletcher, Miss S R Fletcher, Miss J R Fletcher, Miss H Wall & G1g Racing & Breeding (Mgr: Mrs T L Vogel)
4th  1. WRITTEN BY (AUS)
2yo Colt
GRAHAME BEGG
JORDAN CHILDS
56.5
$4.75
5th  15. SEABROOK (NZ)
2yo Filly
MICK PRICE
DAMIEN OLIVER
54.5
$13.00
6th  4. LONG LEAF (AUS)
2yo Colt
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
BLAKE SHINN
56.5
$41.00
7th  13. FIESTA (AUS)
2yo Filly
CHRIS WALLER
KERRIN MCEVOY
54.5
$26.00
8th  8. SANDBAR (AUS)
2yo Colt
BRAD WIDDUP
CHRISTIAN REITH
56.5
$13.00
9th  14. SIZZLING BELLE (AUS)
2yo Filly
NICK OLIVE
KATHY O'HARA
54.5
$101.00
10th  3. AYLMERTON (AUS)
2yo Colt
JEAN DUBOIS
TOMMY BERRY
56.5
$17.00
11th  16. SECRET LADY (AUS)
2yo Filly
GARY PORTELLI
BEN MELHAM
54.5
$201.00
12th  6. EF TROOP (AUS)
2yo Gelding
TONY GOLLAN
JASON COLLETT
56.5
$21.00
13th  2. SANTOS (AUS)
2yo Colt
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
56.5
$16.00
14th  5. PERFORMER (AUS)
2yo Colt
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
56.5
$7.50
15th  17. QAFILA (AUS)
2yo Filly
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
CRAIG WILLIAMS
54.5
$41.00
16th  7. PRAIRIE FIRE (AUS)
2yo Colt
MICK PRICE
MARK ZAHRA
56.5
$31.00


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