We have an excellent day of racing in store at Rosehill this Saturday afternoon with plenty of quality races to get around.
Our full 2021 Golden Rose Day Tips & Preview can be viewed below.
Race 1 – 11:55AM – Benchmark 88 Handicap, (1900m) – No. 8 Yiyi
The Chris Waller trained Yiyi has been racing really well throughout this prep and is yet to miss a place in five starts so far.
He was beaten a length last time out and although this is a step up in grade, he drops considerably in weight.
Hopefully he can kick start the day for us on a winning note.
Race 2 – 12:30PM – Highway Handicap, (1500m) – No. 2 Yulong Base
Yulong Base was a comfortable winner of the Highway Handicap over 1400m here at Rosehill during his last prep.
The Australian Bloodstock horse was well beaten last start in a high grade of Highway race and the blinkers have been added for the first time.
He represents good value at the double figure odds from the good draw.
Race 3 – 1:05pm – Midway Handicap, (1300m) – No. 6 Dalaalaat
Dalaalaat was excellent when resuming with a win in the Midway two weeks ago and is proving himself a handy galloper for Nathan Doyle.
The lightly raced five year old gelding has three wins from 13 career starts to date and has been placed in eight of those.
This task is not much tougher than his first up win despite the rise in weight and we are getting nice each way odds.
Race 4 – 1:40pm – Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality, (2400m) – No. 6 No Compromise
No Compromise would have won the Group 3 Newcastle Cup last Friday with clear running in the straight but he will take plenty of benefit from that run as he steps up in distance now for the Colin Stephen Quality.
He should get a really nice run in transit from barrier three and is clearly the horse to beat in a race that lacks a whole heap of depth.
Race 5 – 2:15pm – Listed Heritage Stakes, (1100m) – No. 2 Home Affairs
Home Affairs is really impressive looking colt by I Am Invincible and he looks a much bigger and stronger horse in his recent trials to the one we have previously seen.
The Silver Slipper winner was no match for them in the Golden Slipper as a two year old but the early money suggests we may see the best version of this horse yet on Saturday.
Race 6 – 2:50pm – Group 2 Shannon Stakes, (1500m) – No. 1 Imaging
It’s impossible to ignore the form lines that Imaging comes through to get to the Group 2 Shannon Stakes.
He was beaten less than two lengths in the Group 1 Winx Stakes with the likes of Mo’unga, Verry Elleegant, She’s Ideel and Think It Over finishing just ahead of him.
He loves Rosehill and won his only race here over the 1500m at Group 2 level.
The one to beat.
Race 7 – 3:25pm – Group 2 Golden Pendant, (1400m) – No. 1 Forbidden Love & No. 4 Nimalee
Forbidden Love is a very classy sprinting mare and she often puts in a flat effort second up so she can be forgiven for last start.
She won the Group 1 Surround Stakes at her third run last prep and she’s drawn well in barrier six for the Golden Pendant with the in form Nash Rawiller steering.
Nimalee was too far back when rounding the turn at Kembla Grange two weeks ago but she savaged the line in the concluding stages.
She won the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes second up last prep and will take plenty of benefit from the first up effort.
Race 8 – 4:05pm – Group 1 Golden Rose, (1400m) – No. 1 Anamoe
There is usually one standout colt each season and this is that horse and he can prove it with a win in the Group 1 Golden Rose on Saturday.
He was excellent in his two year old season and his win in the Group 1 Sires Produce at Randwick is one of the best performances by a juvenile we have seen in recent years.
His win in the Run To The Rose was only fair but he will take plenty of benefit from that run and appreciate the step up in distance now.
Race 9 – 4:45pm – Group 3 Gloaming Stakes, (1800m) – No. 15 Benaud
This is a big step up in class from a maiden win at Nowra to Group 3 level in the Gloaming Stakes but it was hard not to be impressed with the grey colt on debut.
He was forced to do things the tough way when forcing himself along the fence in the straight but once he was clear he ran right through the line for a comfortable win.
The son of Reliable Man is bred to stay and he will be much better for his debut experience at the races.