SYDNEY analyst Mark Rhoden has reviewed a difficult day for punters at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Winner and favourite Gaulois was very solid in morning trading but got easy late, getting out to 2.80 after being odds-on in places earlier. Our selection Hualalai was a solid second pick throughout betting and managed second after getting a long way back in the run. The big go in the race was for Arrestar, from around 15.00 into 8.00, suggesting that the Kementari form line is going to be held in high regard by the market.
Arbeitsam eased a little from its short morning quote, but was solid enough late in betting. An impatient ride did its chances no good and it was first beaten. Samadount was best backed in the race, in from double figures to 8.00, while the winner Just Dreaming was certainly solid enough, 10.00 into 8.00
Another favourite eased markedly and saluted here. Zamex’s racing pattern encouraged the market to look away from him and he got out to near 3.00 after being odds-on in the morning before recording another stunning win. Early second pick Murrmaid was absolutely friendless and raced accordingly, while suggested each-way play Trying was very well backed (around 20.00 into 10.00) but turned in a very plain performance.
Similar story betting wise in the fourth – short priced favourite Test The World was best backed early before doing a U-turn later in betting. Second pick Upscale was easy, while our selection Nonpareil was very solidly supported (6.00 into 4.00) but got a little too far back and finished fourth after looming early in the straight.
Plenty of support for the wet-tracker Moss ‘N’ Dale who ran a clear favourite. He was collared on the line by the solid second pick Liapari who was the beneficiary of a terrific Hugh Bowman ride. Best backed of the roughies was the on-pacer Signposted, who was well beaten.
Our top pick Tucanchoo was solid through most of betting before getting a little easy late. He probably did a touch more work early in the race than they would have liked and he was run down by the in-form Supply And Demand, who was solid late after easing earlier in betting. So Willie had plenty of admirers, Montauk held his spot in the market and Alegria was backed early, but got back out late.
Not for the first time on the day, our top selection was very solidly supported – but couldn’t quite deliver. Fickle Folly was 7.00 in the morning, but was a best price of 4.60 by jump time – the filly missed the kick slightly then was taken on once she found the front and faded to run third. I had a query on Sir Plush in the heavy ground, but plenty of others had no such qualms and he rewarded them with a dashing win. Badajoz was very solid and ran ok without being any match for the winner, and Pioneering was solid enough first-up also.
Recommended bet Carzoff was very heavily backed from about 2.80 in the morning into evens and shorter at the jump. To be honest, I misread the market here – I thought he might get to around 3.00 in betting and was happy to be on at that price, but the market went completely the other way. The winner, Collateral, was very solid and held his market position despite the strong support for the favourite.
Pick Me Up eventually ran favourite but was narrowly beaten by the somewhat easy Invincible Knight. The Victorian wet tracker Pakaya Prince was well backed (although a toruch easy at the death) and put up a remarkable performance to finish third after being three wide on the speed for the entire trip.