Sydney Specials: Rosehill – 18th June 2022

In what feels like over six months we strike our first good track on Saturday – hallelujah!

Unfortunately it actually makes it harder doing the form as a majority of it has been built on wet tracks and now you have to break it down and work out who was advantaged and who was disadvantaged during this period.

NAVAL SEAL winning the Global Turf Mdn Plate at Ballarat in Australia.
NAVAL SEAL winning the Global Turf Mdn Plate at Ballarat in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

One horse who fits this mould comes up in the fourth event, the Chris Waller trained Naval Seal.

In five starts he has only seen wet ground and while he has displayed decent ability, being out First Seal you can expect him to be much better on top of the ground.

This was also signified when displaying good improvement on a soft track at Caulfield last start (prior to that he had raced on three Heavy 8s and one Heavy 10 track).

He closed off well behind Hopon Harry and should be better suited stepping up to 1800m.

Drawn the inside for the Wizard he appears very well placed and if able to build on his last start effort, suddenly he is very hard to beat.

Do respect the unbeaten Willinga Rufio however found it easy to mark Naval Seal favourite and hence the 4-1 on offer looks a great bet.

EL BUENA winning the Smithfield Rsl Club (Bm78) KATALIN
EL BUENA winning the Smithfield Rsl Club (Bm78) KATALIN Picture: Steve Hart

Sticking with the Chris Waller stable in the final event with the ever consistent El Buena.

Rock solid in both starts to begin this preparation, he was no match late for Kingsheir last start but should be right at his peak third up.

Key switch with Bowman back aboard and should get every possible from the inside draw.

The step up in trip is another tick and with a new career peak anticipated, he should go very close.

Simon Dinopoulos' Tips:

Race 4 #11 Naval Seal @ $5.50
Race 10 #6 El Buena @ $5.00


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Simon Dinopoulos

Senior Handicapper

Sydney-born Simon Dinopoulos joined Racing and Sports' as a form analyst in 2012.

Under the tutelage of Gary Crispe and Adam Blencowe, Simon has quickly established himself as a respected member of the R&S ratings team, with a key focus on NSW, Western Australia and Singapore.

As a journalist he contributes stories for the R&S website, while also priding himself on being a part of the data management sector. Simon has helped establish and maintain Racing And Sports’ global database – the most comprehensive privately owned racing database in the world.

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