Rosehill Preview: Cosmic a Slipper force to be reckoned with

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Rosehill G1 Longines Golden Slipper S., $3,500,000, 1200m

A wet track won’t be a worry for Cosmic Force (Deep Field), who relished the rain-affected going when he romped away with the G3 Pago Pago S. last weekend.

He has drawn well and the only question the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt has to answer is his ability to cope with the seven day back-up.

Godolphin has strength in numbers with James McDonald’s decision to ride the unbeaten Tenley (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) a lead worth following. His filly was impressive when downing her Magic Millions 2YO Classic winning stablemate Exhilarates (Snitzel) in the G2 Reisling S.

McDonald has also been the regular rider of the professional Microphone (Exceed And Excel), who has done nothing wrong while Anthony Freedman’s Lyre (Lonhro) won the G1 Blue Diamond S. in fine style. She’s since been kept up to the mark with a trial outing.

Loving Gaby (I Am Invincible) was excellent on debut before making late ground for sixth in the Blue Diamond. She is a strapping filly who should cope with a wet track while barn mate Dubious (Not A Single Doubt) is genuine and also expected to handle rain-affected ground.

Free Of Debt (Unencumbered) has hardly put a foot wrong and a recent trial win emphasised his readiness. Yes Yes Yes (Rubick) returned in fine style to claim top honours in the G2 Todman S. and if he gets some luck from a horror gate he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Wonderful Winx to put on another show

Rosehill G1 The Agency George Ryder S., $1,000,000, 1500m

It’s all about Winx (Street Cry {Ire}) again and rain won’t put any dampener on her chances of her winning habit continuing.

She is unbeaten in three heavy track appearances and it’s hard to envisage anything other than yet another successful outing for the mighty mare.

Dreamforce (Fastnet Rock) turned in a top effort to win the G3 Liverpool City Cup and while this is a step up, he is genuine and usually holds his form. Land Of Plenty (Stratum) is another consistent customer and any improvement in underfoot conditions will help him.

Ringerdingding (Sebring) finished well for fourth in the G1 Australian Guineas and is a strong hope for a minor reward here. Fellow 3-year-old Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) has been fair at best this preparation and it’s hard to see him being a player.

An upset looks out of the question, but Winx’s stablemate Prompt Response (Beneteau) performed well for third at Randwick when resuming and could provide some value for multiples.

Top colt to relish trip

Rosehill G1 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas, $600,000, 2000m

Boom colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice) has been outstanding up to a mile and the extra distance can only looks likely to suit him even better.

He is without doubt the benchmark 3-year-old in the country and as a winner already on a heavy track he is expected to add this race to his burgeoning record.

Madison County (NZ) (Pins) leads a strong Kiwi contingent and he was an eye-catching fourth in the G1 Randwick Guineas. He had missed a lead-up race so will strip a lot fitter and he’s a dab hand on wet tracks.

Surely Sacred (NZ) (Rock ‘n’ Pop) didn’t have a lot of luck when a beaten favourite in the G1 New Zealand Derby and trainer Tony Pike has been happy with his subsequent progress.

Crown Prosecutor (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) won the Blue Riband at long odds and has also previously coped with rain-affected conditions while stablemate Vernanme (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) never got into any rhythm at Ellerslie. However, his lead-up form was sound and this distance looks ideal.

Arrogant (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) finished fourth in the Derby and as a soft track winner he shouldn’t have issues with Rosehill.

Kiwi mare set for victory dance

Rosehill G1 Ranvet S., $700,000, 2000m

Leading New Zealand mare Danzdanzdance (NZ) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) has plenty in her favour with excellent form on soft or heavy going.

She is racing well with two Group 1 successes to her credit this season and lost no admirers when runner-up to the outstanding Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) in the G1 New Zealand S.


Avilius (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) was disappointing when a beaten favourite in the G1 Australian Cup, but his prior form was impeccable and he warrants another chance. Egg Tart (Sebring) is improving and a definite winning chance now that she gets to 2000 metres.

The interesting runner is the European Group winner He’s Eminent (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), who hasn’t raced for some time. His best form puts him right in this and trainer Sir Mark Todd is a horseman of the highest order.

Ace High (High Chaparral {Ire}) will be all the better for three outings and trainer David Payne is confident the 4-year-old will strip at his best.

The Chris Waller-prepared Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock) has improved with each outing this preparation and along with Australian Cup runner-up Shillelagh (NZ) (Savabeel) presents a strong hand for the stable.

Redzel hard to hold out

Rosehill G1 oOh! Media Galaxy, $700,000, 1100m

Redzel (Snitzel) had to play second fiddle when resuming in the G2 Challenge S. but expect him to go one better in this.

He’ll be improved for the outing, his second-up form is encouraging, and the weather will have no impact on the two-time Everest winner.

Redzel winning the 2018 Everest

It might, however, diminish the chances of Challenge winner Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi {Ire}). He’s better on top of the ground while barn mate Easy Eddie (Super Easy {NZ}) is more versatile and in winning touch.

Pierata (Pierro) is a quality sprinter and can’t be under-estimated with the benefit of a run under his belt. Nature Strip (Nicconi) was a flop in the G1 Oakleigh Plate and appeared to have no excuse so he’s going to have to produce a major form reversal.

A better chance might be the 3-year-old Graff (Star Witness), who has been sound against the older horses in both of his Melbourne outings.

Resin appeals as strong chance

Rosehill G3 TAB Birthday Card S., $160,000, 1200m

Resin (Exceed And Excel) was a close third when resuming in the G3 Wenona Girl Quality and with natural improvement she looks the mare to beat. Three of her five wins have come at this trip.


She Knows (Denman) has the benefit of recent racing on her side and she is dependable and proven on rain-affected ground as is Star Reflection (Time Thief). She is racing well and has each-way appeal.

Avantage (Fastnet Rock) trialled well at home and she is a class act as a Group 1 winner and a Karaka Million on her CV emphasises. The only query is the ground.

Duke a big Cup hope

Rosehill G3 Irresistible Pools NE Manion Cup, $160,000, 2400m

Big Duke (Ire) (Raven’s Pass {GB}) has run well in both starts this preparation for Kris Lees and he’s already won twice at this extended trip.

Cambridge stablemates Vin De Dance (NZ) (Roc De Cambes {NZ}) and Zacada (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}) are also strong stayers in good form and Shraaoh (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) is a promising type with a handy pull in the weights.

Midterm (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) ran particularly well when resuming for third in the Listed Mornington Cup and watch out for further improvement from him.

Princess a royal prospect

Rosehill G3 E-Group Security Epona S., $160,000 1900m

I’m A Princess (High Chaparral {Ire}) has been racing well in Melbourne and there’s every reason to think she’ll be competitive here. The distance will pose no problem and she has the services of Hugh Bowman.

Harmattan (Street Cry (Ire}) made ground last time out for fifth over a mile and the extra trip gives her a decent chance. All Too Soon (All Too Hard) was only fair at Randwick at her most recent start, but rain will boost her chances,

Semari (Sebring) faces her stiffest test, but with consecutive wins to her credit she’s in the right form to answer the challenge.

Gem Song to hit right note

Rosehill Listed Cameron House Darby Munro S., $140,000, 1200m

Gem Song (Your Song) is a talent and has trialled well since winning the G3 Eskimo Prince S. He is also unbeaten in two course and distance appearances.

Charge (Zoustar) drops back in class dramatically after failing in the G1 Oakleigh Plate and he’ll be competitive while Wild Planet (Animal Kingdom) made excellent progress to be a stakes winner on his last campaign.

There will be interest in the unbeaten Classique Legend (Not A Single Doubt), who faces a sharp rise in class. He has been untested to date and Kerrin McEvoy staying with him is a major plus.