Black-Type Preview: Rosehill focus on glamour colt

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Rosehill G2 Hobartville S $400,000 1400m

All eyes will be on the pin-up colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice) when he resumes his exciting career.

He hasn’t been seen since he coasted away with the G1 Caulfield Guineas, but has had a couple of trial outings and he looks a class above his rivals, despite his most recent trial being slightly underwhelming.

Vegadaze (Lope De Vega {Ire}) is unbeaten and he has done it in style and he looks a player for a minor placing while Bondi (Snitzel) is well-seasoned and in a consistent run of form.

All eyes will be on The Autumn Sun

Tassort top choice

Rosehill G2 Chandon S Silver Slipper S $250,000 1100m

Tassort (Brazen Beau) has the G1 Golden Slipper S. favouritism and he seems likely to further cement his place at the top of the market with victory here.

The Godolphin colt was an impressive winner in his only appearance on the course in November and a trial win earlier this month indicated he is primed for his return.

McLaren (Exceed And Excel) was dominant in the G3 Canonbury S. off the back of two matinee wins while Time To Reign (Time For War) was untested to win his first two starts off the front. He was below par in the Listed Lonhro Plate, but could be forgiven one failure when ridden in behind for the first time.


In-form mare worth a toast

Rosehill G2 Millie Fox S $200,000 1300m

An even line-up of mares will do battle here with last-start G2 Breeders’ Classic winner Champagne Cuddles (Not A Single Doubt) a chance to add to her record.

She has a tricky draw to overcome, but has returned in from a break in fine order and has recent racing on her side.

Moss Trip (Mossman), who hasn’t raced since the winter, has a smart first-up record – two wins from three appearances – to back her claims at better odds while the quality mare Daysee Doom (Domesday) acts well fresh.

Champagne Cuddles

Follow the money

Rosehill Listed Parramatta Cup $140,000 1900m

Tangled (Snitzel) was a good third resuming in the Listed Carrington S. before he was unplaced at Warwick Farm. He was well-backed there and it may pay to follow the money now he is up in distance.

Stablemate Gresham (Sebring) was third in that race and has obvious prospects while Samadoubt (Not A Single Doubt) is at the top of his game and his chances can’t be denied. Allergic (Street Cry {Ire}) got home okay for fifth in his return and should be more comfortable over 1900 metres.

Star to shine again

Ascot Listed Detonator S $100,000 1800m

Star Exhibit (Statue Of Liberty {USA}) won the G2 Perth Cup at his latest appearance and has been freshened since. He has subsequently won a trial and has the class factor on his side.

Prying Tom (Black Tom) was an encouraging last-start third and ran fifth over this trip in the G1 Kingston Town S. while the form of Cappo D’Oro (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) was sound, his Perth Cup failure aside.

Star Exhibit

Class mare one to beat

Otaki G1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic NZ$200,000 1600m

The top quality mare Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) will be shooting for her fourth Group 1 victory of the season having already claimed the Tarzino Trophy, Windsor Park Plate and BCD Group Sprint titles.

The outstanding 4-year-old only just got home at Te Rapa over 1400 metres in her most recent success and raced as though the step up to 1600 metres will be timely for her.

Melody Belle

Australian interest has been injected into the race with the top-rated contender Endless Drama (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) sent across the Tasman by champion trainer Chris Waller.

The winner of last season’s G2 Apollo S. and a multiple Group 1 placegetter in Europe, he has been sparingly raced and comes into this off a resuming fifth in the Listed Carrington S. at Randwick where a slow start was costly.

He will be ridden by expatriate New Zealand jockey Larry Cassidy while Michael Cahill will be back aboard the Tony Pike-trained Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux {NZ}). He rode the horse to three wins during last year’s Queensland winter carnival.

Bostonian is in good touch and was a last-start runner-up in the G1 BCD Group Sprint while Shadows Cast (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}) has won his last two, including a gallant performance under 58kg in the G1 Thorndon Mile.

Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) closed well for fourth in the G1 BCD Group Sprint and a mile will suit her and Consensus (NZ) (Postponed {USA}) has consecutive Group 3 successes to her credit and is a past winner at this level.

Smart filly chasing hat-trick

Matamata G2 J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ S. NZ$120,000 1200m

Precocious youngster Bavella (Snitzel) has won both of her starts, including the Listed Splice S. in the spring, and it will take a supreme effort to deny her maintaining her perfect record.

The Lance Noble-trained filly has yet to be tested and from a handy gate the Brendan and Jo Lindsay-bred and raced youngster will get every chance to make it three straight.

Appellant (NZ) (Showcasing {GB}) won at Ellerslie two runs back and returned there to share third money in the Karaka Million. She looks sure to be competitive again, as does Hasstobegood (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}) who has finished in the money in all three of her appearances.


Richards playing strong hand

Matamata G3 Waikato Stud Slipper NZ$70,000 1200m

Trainer Jamie Richards will play a strong hand here with three in-form contenders, including the Group 2 winner and Karaka Million runner-up Aotea Lad (NZ) (Savabeel).

Stablemate Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel {NZ}) was third in the Ellerslie feature while Equinox (NZ) (Savabeel) was an effortless debut winner at Trentham.

Aotea Lad

The main danger to the Te Akau contingent looks to be Scotch (I Am Invincible), who disappointed last time out but he showed a touch of class to win at the first time of asking at his previous run and that may be the better guide to his chances.

Cup hope favoured

Matamata Listed Marks Ewen & Associates Kaimai S. NZ$50,000 2000 metres

Charles Road (Myboycharlie {Ire}) can further his G1 Auckland Cup hopes with victory here after two solid lead-up performances. He was fourth when resuming and then filled a similar placing in the G1 Herbie Dyke S. so this represents a significant drop in class for him.

Rondinella (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) is an exciting mare and the manner of her last two victories strongly suggests she is a black type winner in waiting while Vin De Dance (NZ) (Roc de Cambes {NZ}) will be vastly improved by his resuming run for fourth in the G3 Taranaki Cup.