The Rosehill Wrap: March 31

The Rosehill Timeform recap for the Tancred Stakes Day meeting on March 31 discussing key performers from the nine race program.

The Rosehill Wrap: March 31

The Rosehill Timeform recap featuring a race by race recap of key performers from Tancred Stakes Day on March 31.

With the Golden Slipper held the prior weekend and the Doncaster Mile held seven days after, Tancred Stakes Day is something of a forgotten meeting compared to the feature racedays a week either side.

The meeting played host to a number of key performances with The Championships in mind.

Almandin Picture:Steve Hart

Almandin Horseform claimed the feature event, the Group 1 Tancred Stakes. He will go into the Sydney Cup as the proven stayer of the field however will meet his rivals out of the Tancred Stakes (namely Auvray Horseform) on noticeably worse weight terms.

Hiyaam Horseform dominated the Vinery Stud Stakes yet somehow is only equal third favourite for the Australian Oaks next fortnight.

Neville Sellwood Stakes winner Arbeitsam Horseform and Doncaster Prelude placegetter Mister Sea Wolf raised their hands at the last minute to be considered as lightweight Doncaster Mile hopes this Saturday.

Race 1: Irukandji - Group 3 Schweppervescence (1400m)

Irukandji Horseform is by Dundeel so a bit of extra ground was always going to play into his hands.

He’s run to a Timeform rating of 110. That’s right on the prior five year race average.

The Sires’ Produce is next for the colt this Saturday.

Irukandji Picture:Steve Hart

There were a few good Sires’ Produce trials outside of Irukandji as well.

Aristocratic Miss Horseform was strong late as was Onthetake Horseform outside.

Spin Horseform in third was also good and meets each of them on better weight terms if they head to the Sires which is conducted under Set Weights.

Race 2: Arbeitsam - Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m)

In typical Waterhouse fashion Arbeitsam Horseform went straight to the front and was too tough late.

He’s run to a Timeform rating of 114 which is a new career peak for him.

It a case of perfect timing with Arbeitsam producing the figure seven days before the Doncaster which is his next assignment.

Arbeitsam Picture:Steve Hart

They say it takes a 2000m horse to win a Doncaster which is a high pressure mile so Arbeitsam can give them all something to chase with 50kg.

Maurus Horseform was great in second. The JRA Plate at Randwick in three week’s time looks an ideal race for him. Third placegetter Almost Court Horseform can go there as well and from there maybe on to a Wagga Cup.

Race 3: Spright - Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m)

Spright Horseform settled back and produced a strong final 300m to power over the top of her rivals late.

We’ve got the mare running to a Timeform rating of 104.

That’s a low winning figure for a Star Kingdom Stakes. In the last two years, weight for age sprinters like Malaguerra Horseform and Jungle Edge Horseform have won it.

Spright isn’t quite at that level but there are still plenty of options for her. Something like the Hall Mark Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on April 21 is a likely next start for the daughter of Hinchinbrook.

Runner up Dothraki Horseform should go there as well along with the fourth placed Nieta Horseform.

Race 4: Prompt Response - Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m)

Prompt Response Horseform is having a great prep as evidenced by the fact she has claimed a pair of Group 2 successes.

The thing that won her this race was how slow they went out in front. She settled outside of the leader and they got away with murder.

The daughter of Beneteau produced a Timeform rating of 114. It’s a new career peak for her, but only just having twice run to 113. She’s held her form extremely well this prep.

Prompt Response
Prompt Response Picture:Racing and Sports

The Coolmore Legacy is next for her as it will be for most in this field.

Daysee Doom Horseform can bounce back there. She was disappointing on Saturday. The consensus is she’s not a leader. The Coolmore Classic winner can be bouncing back sharply next start with a more suitable run in transit.

Race 5: Levendi - Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m)

There were a few different form lines brought into this and the Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley proved to be the pick of them.

Levendi Horseform was backed and ridden like the best horse in the race. Sure enough he got things done.

The colt has run to a Timeform rating of 112 and he’s off to the Derby now.

Levendi Picture:Steve Hart

Generally, the Tulloch Stakes isn’t the strongest form line brought into the Derby, it’s the Rosehill Guineas.

While Levendi ran to 112, the first nine across the line in the Rosehill Guineas the Saturday prior won by D’Argento ran 113 or better. The Rosehill Guineas is again clearly the dominant form line this year.

That said though, Jon Snow won the Tulloch Stakes - Australian Derby double last year so it can be done.

Race 6: Almandin - Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m)

Almandin Horseform was timed to the minute for this. Third up and out to 2400m always looked a recipe for success and sure enough the 2016 Melbourne Cup winner delivered.

We’ve got him running to a Timeform rating of 124. That’s right on the average winning figure of the race.

It’s his first win at Weight-For-Age in Australia and he’s right on track for the Sydney Cup and is currently a $3.50 favourite.

The weight Almandin will give his rivals in the Sydney Cup is significant. Lloyd Williams would have known that was the case when his prep began.

Macedon Lodge’s plan heading into this autumn was to perhaps have Almandin peaking for The Tancred and have Aloft Horseform as their Sydney Cup horse who will carry just 51kg. Aloft was last seen winning the Roy Higgins Quality first up a month ago.

Of the others in the Tancred, Auvray Horseform dropping to 52kg looks a big Sydney Cup hope.

Gailo Chop Horseform failed to run out a strong 12 furlongs. He’ll drop back to ten furlongs in the Queen Elizabeth.

The Ranvet Stakes is considered a key lead up into the Tancred Stakes however for the past three years, only a week separates the two races instead of a fortnight.

Early signs indicate backing up from the Ranvet to the Tancred Stakes is now poison with not one of the Top 3 across the line during the past three Ranvet’s even placing in the Tancred a week later.

Race 7: Hiyaam - Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m)

Hiyaam Horseform went to the front, got a soft lead and was too good in the straight. She outstayed them and ran to a Timeform rating of 116.

It’s the highest winning figure of the Vinery Stud Stakes since Mosheen Horseform won way back in 2012.

The Australian Oaks is next for her. She looks set to become the first filly since Heavenly Glow to claim the Vinery Stud Stakes - Australian Oaks double.

Hiyaam Picture:Steve Hart

Unforgotten Horseform is favourite who she beat by almost two lengths.

Hiyaam is the one based on breeding who’ll be better suited up to 12 furlongs. She’s by High Chaparral out of a Zabeel mare, Unforgotten is by Fastnet Rock.

The market has them the wrong way around and we can perhaps capitalise on that.

Race 8: Cellarman - Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m)

Cellarman Horseform is a horse who is thriving on racing, as simple as that. He kicked off his prep back in September at the midweeks.

For Saturday’s Doncaster Prelude success we’ve given him a Timeform rating of 111.

The son of Mossman has exceeded everyone’s expectations. That’s highlighted by the fact he wasn’t nominated for the Doncaster even though he was in the Prelude.

Of the others, third placegetter Mister Sea Wolf should back up The Doncaster. He might be ready to go third up with only 50kg on his back. Applying a set of Blinkers on him could spark the necessary improvement the UK import needs to be a genuine factor.

Race 9: Osborne Bulls - Benchmark 93 Handicap (1400m)

Osborne Bulls Horseform was a good thing beaten at Kembla Grange two weeks ago. He deserved a bit more luck on Saturday and he got it.

The win netted a Timeform rating of 112, a figure which beyond a shadow of a doubt indicates the son of Street Cry is up to claiming a Group event sooner rather than later.

Racing And Sports

R6 ROSEHILL 31 March 2018
Kia Tancred Stakes 3U , 2400m
Race Synopsis: The 2016 Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Almandin proved the superior stayer here. Having his third run this preparation, he began well and after working in the early stages, settled in third place. He moved up strongly (deep) nearing the home turn, challenged at the 300m, got to the front at the 100m and then drew clear to score impressively. Japanese-bred stayer Ambitious raced in fifth place on the rails, improved along the inner nearing the home turn, went to third at the 200m and then kept battling strongly for a second in a very good effort at his second run this preparation. Who Shot Thebarman raced back in second last place in the nine-horse field, went deep from the 300m and kept running on really well for third in a performance to suggest that this nine-year-old is far from a spent force. The favourite Gailo Chop went to the front, was overtaken in the midstages (by Lasqueti Spirit), regained the lead on turning for home, was only headed at the 100m and then fought on well for (1.6 lengths) fourth. Single Gaze raced in sixth place, put in a good run on turning for home and kept making ground, without threatening, for a very good fifth, beaten only two lengths in another very honest performance.

Age & Sex
9yo Gelding
N C Williams, Mrs & Mrs L J Williams, B N Singer, P Mehrten, A & B Green, J & Mrs F Ingham, V Sammartino & M Gudinski
7yo H
A Kheir, P Mehrten, J O'Neill, V Kheir, B Nettlefold, S Lewin, Carty Racing (Mgr: B Carty) & F Hachem
10yo Gelding
 D M O'Leary, H T O'Leary, M J O'Leary, S C O'Leary, Mrs J C Nugent-O'Leary, Mrs A M O'Leary, Mrs F J O'Leary & Mrs L O'Leary
4th  1. GAILO CHOP (FR)
8yo Gelding
6yo Mare
6th  6. AUVRAY (FR)
8yo Gelding
7th  4. HARLEM (GB)
7yo Gelding
6yo Gelding
5yo Mare

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