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Sydney Specials: Rosehill – Saturday, 2nd of December 2023

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Festival Stakes day at Rosehill, with the majority of the races looking wide open.

ACQUITTED winning the POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL-MIDWAY CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER at Wyong in Australia.
ACQUITTED winning the POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL-MIDWAY CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER at Wyong in Australia. Picture: Steve Hart

With plenty of tricky angles this Saturday, it can be best to keep things simple, and put simply, Serpentine is the best horse in the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m).

Since transferring to G Waterhouse & A Bott, the former English Derby winner has run to 115 with Timeform on 5/7 occasions. The only misses were in the Q22 won by Without A Fight, and the Melbourne Cup, won by Without A Fight.

Every other race he's run has been rock solid, and at a level that I think probably wins this race. It's easy to forgive last start in the Cup, 3200m on a fast deck, leading at a very strong tempo, the others on speed also knocked up and walked over the line.

He freshens up and comes back to 2400m here which suits, and rather than the last start I'm perhaps more concerned about the state of the track. Currently a heavy 8 but with warm weather predicted, yet also varying levels of precipitation, there's every chance we get back to a soft 5 which will suit him ideally.

The stablemate, I'm A Dirty Rascal (formerly King Of The Castle), also makes some appeal in that race. Fourth in a Group 1 Irish St Leger and rated 114 by Timeform, he was okay at his first run for Waterhouse & Bott, having come from Robert Hickmott like Serpentine did before him.

That was over 1850m and he worked home nicely. Quickly to 2400m suits and Tim Clark sticks with him down on 53kg. While we know the likely level of quite a few of these, he's one that could jump out of the ground over this trip with that run under the belt.

Over to the feature and again I want to take two horses in this. Our ratings say Acquitted should be close to favourite here, returning with an equal career peak of 105 with Timeform at Newcastle. It was only a Bm94 there but he hit the line strongly and drops to 53kg here.

Getting to 1500m looks ideal and if he can just slot in midfield he'll be hard to hold out. The other one that could be a sharp improver is Dajraan. He was awful first up in The Hunter but did win this race last year running to 107.

If there's a stable that can quickly turn around form it's Waterhouse & Bott, and at 30-1 he makes a bit of appeal.


SYDNEY SPECIALS

Bet of the day: Race 9 #2 Serpentine at $6.50

Each-way play: Race 7 #15 Acquitted at $11


Racing and Sports

Rosehill

Saturday, 02nd December 2023

7
16:00
(local)

JAMES SQUIRE FESTIVAL STAKES (G3)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 53.0kg Type: Qlty
AUD $251,000
1500m TURF SOFT
7
16:00
(local)
AUD $251,000
1500m SOFT

JAMES SQUIRE FESTIVAL STAKES (G3)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 53.0kg Type: Qlty


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 7. PHEARSON (AUS) 6yo G
EXOSPHERE (AUS) - CHATEAU D'YQUEM (NZ)
TOM SHERRY
BRAD WIDDUP
$17
54kg
P James, P Christou, Ms L Mcgraw, R J Torpy, A Malizis & Miss L James

Sales Information

2nd 14. WILLIAMSBURG (AUS) 4yo H
SNITZEL (AUS) - FENWAY (AUS)
TYLER SCHILLER
G RYAN & S ALEXIOU
$8
53kg
TFI (Mgr: Miss S Williams), Harbour Racing (Mgr: S J McGrath), M L Mermen, M & Mrs M Wood & C J & Mrs L C Lawler

Sales Information

3rd 2. RUSTIC STEEL (AUS) 6yo G
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - TEN CARAT ROCK (AUS)
SAM CLIPPERTON
KRIS LEES
$4.4
57.5kg
R M Wanless & Mrs J M Wanless

Sales Information

4th 13. SUPERIUM (AUS) 7yo G
VERRAZANO (USA) - ROSIE'S HALO (AUS)
JETT STANLEY
M, W & J HAWKES
$67
53kg

Sales Information

5th 18. TAZARAL (IRE) 5yo G
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - TARANA (IRE)
ZAC LLOYD
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$11
53kg
6th 17. GREBENI (AUS) 4yo G
OCEAN PARK (NZ) - DUBROVNIK (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
G RYAN & S ALEXIOU
$4.4
53kg

Sales Information

7th 4. DAJRAAN (GB) 5yo H
FRANKEL (GB) - MOSSFUN (AUS)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$21
54kg

Sales Information

8th 11. MILITARY EXPERT (AUS) 5yo G
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - GRESSET (AUS)
RACHEL KING
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$12
53.5kg

Sales Information

9th 5. FINEPOINT (AUS) 5yo M
PINS (AUS) - ZARZUELA (NZ)
REGAN BAYLISS
CHRIS WALLER
$5.5
54kg
10th 3. BANJU (AUS) 7yo G
BENFICA (AUS) - OVERLOOKED (AUS)
REECE JONES
LYLE CHANDLER
$26
55kg
11th 8. FELIX MAJESTIC (AUS) 4yo G
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - LAUREN'S MAGIC (AUS)
JASON COLLETT
GARY NICKSON
$9.5
54kg

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