Rosehill tips, Dark Jewel Classic preview, Saturday, May 16, 2020
Welcome to our Rosehill Gardens preview and racing tips for Saturday, May 16, 2020.
Scone’s Dark Jewel Classic meeting has been switched to Rosehill, because of the COVID-19 pandemic during which racing around Australia has continued in all states bar Tasmania.
The $162,000 Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) has attracted a strong field, while there are another four Listed races on the support card.
The bookies’ favourite for the Dark Jewel Classic is topweight Amangiri from the strong Hawkes stable but it is a wide-open betting market with a capacity field.
The nine-race card also includes the listed Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes for two-year-old fillies; the Luskin Star Stakes; Coolmore Denise’s Joy Stakes for three-year-old fillies; and the Arrowfield Ortensia Stakes.
Read on for our free Rosehill Gardens tips and our preview of the best of the nine races at Rosehill, being run on May 16, 2020.
Rosehill race 3, Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes, 12.45pm local time (1100m)
This has attracted a highly promising field of babies and you can be sure you will look back on this race in 6-12 months as the starting point for some top-notch fillies. The Snitzel filly 1.Macroura has not put a foot wrong with wins at Kembla Grange and Randwick Kensignton where she has raced on the pace. She has drawn perfectly in gate one for James McDonald, who sits comfortably on our list of the best jockeys in the world. But there are plenty of challengers with as much or more upside than the topweight. 6.Bellevue Star returned from a break with an impressive win at her second start at Canterbury and should also race up on the speed from a wide gate. 8.Newsreader ran on well behind Macroura at her only start and the John O’Shea-trained filly should get a good trail behind the speed from barrier five.
Rosehill race 6, TAB Luskin Star Stakes, 2.35pm local time (1300m)
1.Graff is all the rage with sportsbooks at around $3.50 but we just think he’s never really lived up to the enormous promise he showed earlier in his career. Sure, he has raced in good company throughout and this is an easier race for him, but he just does not seem to hit the line like we think he should. Graff has not won a race since the San Domenico Stakes of August 2018. He may well win but he will be doing so without our monetary support! 4.Lanciato has a bigger finishing burst than almost any galloper in training but needs the race run to suit, while 9.Eleven Eleven is a talent with his best racing still in front of him. 10.Trumbull looks well suited here down in the weights.
Rosehill race 7, Coolmore Denise’s Joy Stakes, 3.15pm local time (1100m)
We are really looking forward to this sprint as some of these fillies have great scope to go on and chase Group 1 spoils in the spring, headed by 5.Fituese and 1.Wayupinthesky. Those fillies have a stranglehold on betting ahead of the Godolphin-trained pair 3.Enfleurage and 4.Aquitaine. Fituese has the 3.5-kilo pull in the weights but we think Wayupinthesky should get a charmed run from gate one in a race with plenty of speed and will get the last shot at the leaders in the straight for Brenton Avdulla.
Rosehill race 8, Dark Jewel Classic, 3.55pm local time (1400m)
The feature race of the day and a deep affair in which all runners are at a each-way odds. The early favourite is 1.Amangiri and she should get a good run in a race that seems to be devoid of real early pace. 5.Irithea is another which should head forward from her wide draw and set the tempo. 11.Sure Knee is a good mare resuming from a spell, though her starts indicate she has not fired fresh at previous campaigns. This time around Sure Knee, from the leading Chris Waller Stable, has had two trials so should be more forward in her preparation.
Rosehill race 9, Arrowfield Ortensia Stakes, 4.35pm local time (1100m)
A tough sprint to round out the day. 12.Dirty Work has struck a purple patch of form and is drawn ideally in gate one for Tommy Berry but this is a stronger field than what he has been beating. There should be some serious power on up front and that may set it up for a swooper down the outside. The likes of 4.God Of Thunder and 9.Prophet’s Thumb could fit into that category, and even the topweight 1.Bon Amis. A big watch on 8.Noble Boy, which has changed stable since last campaign and is now prepared in Sydney by Clare Cunningham.
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