The Rosehill Wrap: February 3

The Rosehill Wrap featuring a race by race recap of key performers and ones to watch from the Expressway Stakes Day meeting at Rosehill on February 3.

The Rosehill Wrap: February 3

Race by race recap of key performers and ones to watch moving forward from Saturday’s Expressway Stakes meeting at Rosehill.

Autumn carnival players returned in abundance at Rosehill on Saturday where Trapeze Artist claimed the feature event, the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m).

Known for claiming the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) - Victoria Derby (2500m) double last Spring, Ace High Horseform in fifth was finding the line in a way which suggests he’ll be a factor in next month’s Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Performer Picture:Racing and Sports

Performer Horseform maintained his unbeaten record (albeit barely) contesting the Canonbury Stakes with a slender win over Stratosphere Horseform.

History points to it being a strong form reference as both colts head deeper into the autumn.

Race 1: Charlayne - Benchmark 78 3YO Handicap (1100m)

It’s not easy jumping from a maiden win on debut to a Saturday race. Charlayne Horseform made it look that way though. She’s run to a Timeform rating of 97.

They’re going to the Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) with Charlayne in two weeks time. That’s another pretty big jump for her. It will be interesting to see how she handles it.

To her credit though, she’s beaten some nice fillies on Saturday - Problem Solver Horseform, Sheikha Horseform and Tiara Star Horseform.

The first four across the line are all open to improvement. Each of them were second up on Saturday.

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Race 2: Performer - Canonbury Stakes (1100m)

Performer Horseform is a talented colt. He’s resumed with a Timeform rating of 113. That’s two pounds shy of the master Timeform figure of 115 he ran on debut.

That debut was in the Breeders’ Plate. If you win the Breeders Plate, you’re generally the cream of the crop.

In the past decade, colts like Sebring Horseform and Vancouver Horseform have each won the Breeders Plate, resumed by winning the Canonbury and then gone on to claim the Golden Slipper.

History bodes well for Performer.

Stratosphere Horseform was good on debut. He admittedly carried 3kg less than Performer but was only beaten a nose.

The Snowden’s tend to send a smart one out on debut in the Canonbury. Pariah Horseform won this race on debut last year. He then ran second in the Blue Diamond Stakes. Defcon Horseform in 2016 ran second on debut in the Canonbury. He then won the Black Opal Stakes two runs later.

Race 3: Fiesta - Widden Stakes (1100m)

Fiesta Horseform had trialled well in readiness for this without Blinkers. She had Blinkers applied for this first up.

Blinkers first time first up after good trials without them is usually an extremely positive gear change.

She would have won by more if she’d had a clear passage in the straight.

It’s netted her a Timeform rating of 105.

The Widden Stakes is often a good launch pad into the Golden Slipper. Overreach Horseform in 2013 and Mossfun Horseform in 2014 each won the Widden Stakes prior to winning the Golden Slipper later in the autumn.

They admittedly ran higher figures than Fiesta did. Regardless, she’s started her campaign well.

Fiesta Picture:Racing and Sports

Race 4: Cellarman - Benchmark 90 Handicap (1500m)

Cellarman Horseform has been up for an age, since September in fact and he keeps firing. On Saturday he ran to a Timeform rating of 105.

That was his 11th run this campaign. He’s gone from a Benchmark 70 horse to Open company through his past eight runs.

There is a 1500m Open Handicap at Rosehill in three weeks time. He’ll likely go there next.

Flow Horseform was beaten as favourite. He looked the winner a furlong from home and may not have quite ran out the 1500m. He may be better suited back to seven furlongs.

Race 5: Mate Story - Highway Plate (1500m)

Mate Story Horseform was extremely well placed. He was dropping from a midweek metropolitan race at Canterbury to a set weights country restricted event.

It was Jean Dubois first city winner. Mate Story might get him another in two weeks time as well. There is an 1800m Class 3 Highway Handicap at Randwick where he’d be one of the classier types in the field.

The mare in fourth So It Is Horseform. She should go to the same race as she is crying out for more ground.

Acquittal Horseform was brave in defeat. He screams Country Championships. A slight drop back in trip to 1400m should suit.

Race 6: Bye See - Benchmark 82 Handicap (1500m)

Bye See Horseform is having a fantastic prep. We’ve got her improving with each run. Her latest win returned a Timeform rating of 91.

Mick Tubman post race said she’d go for a break now with a view to the winter. It’s probably a good move with the autumn types coming back.

The placegetters Travancore Horseform and Ready For Success Horseform. They were each good late.

There is a Benchmark 85 over the Randwick Mile in two weeks. They can each go there and they’d be carrying no weight.

Race 7: Trapeze Artist - Expressway Stakes (1200m)

Trapeze Artist Horseform was supported late and the money was justified. The Gerald Ryan-trained colt won with a performance assessed at 118.

His Master Rating for winning the Golden Rose is 122 so he still has about a length up his sleeve this prep based on his Golden Rose run.

The Expressway Stakes tends to be more of an old boys race. Trapeze Artist is only the third three-year-old to win it since the turn of the century. Mentality and Happy Galaxy are the others.

Trapeze Artist will now return to his own age in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m).

Outside of him, Showtime Horseform and Addictive Nature Horseform were good filling the minor placings. Ace High Horseform was strong late. That was a good return by him over an unsuitable trip.

Trapeze Artist
Trapeze Artist Picture:Racing and Sports

Race 8: High Opinion - Benchmark 81 Handicap (2000m)

High Opinion Horseform was given a nice positive ride by Tim Clark and the pair were strong to the line. He produced a Timeform rating of 93.

It had been a long road getting back to this level for the Lord Jim gelding. He was coming back from a tendon injury this prep after a near year long hiatus.

There is a 2000m Benchmark 85 at Randwick in two weeks time. He’ll likely go there. Most of the horses he beat on Saturday will be in that race as well so the Kris Lees-trained gelding can offer up a repeat serve.

Race 9: Don’t Give A Damn - Benchmark 83 Handicap (1300m)

Don’t Give A Damn was well supported and delivered.

He’s run to a Timeform rating of 100.

Danny Williams has at least four horses capable of being set for the Country Championships. This guy is the pick of them.

Don't Give A Damn
Don't Give A Damn Picture:Racing and Sports

Insensata Horseform has returned in good order this prep. Two placings from as many starts.

Kaonic Horseform drifted badly in betting. He was always well back and never in it.

Post race he was found to be lame so obviously the colt had excuses.

Racing And Sports

R7 ROSEHILL 3 February 2018
Expressway Stakes 3U , 1200m
Race Synopsis: The Golden Rose (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Trapeze Artist scored a smart first-up win. He was smartly away and then travelled well outside the leader (Memes). He moved up strongly to take the lead at the 300m and was not seriously threatened from that point to score quite impressively. Showtime raced in second last place (one off the rails) in the six-horse field, before commencing a move from the 300m. He then kept running on in good style to take second in a most promising first-up effort. The favourite Addictive Nature raced in fourth place on the rails, got to third on straightening and kept battling on quite well to take third. Global Glamour raced in third place one off the rails, put in a brief bid at the 300m and then battled on to take (1.9 lengths) fourth. The Victoria Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) Ace High raced in last place in the small field and caught the eye in running on well over the latter stages for (2.3 lengths) fifth.

Age & Sex
4yo H
Vieira Racing (Mgr: B Vieira), B Vieira, Mrs S G Vieira, T Vieira, Mrs C Vieira-Choy & J A Choy
4yo H
Arrowfield Pastoral (Mgr: J M Messara), K Yoshida, Belford Productions (Mgr: A B Jones), Pinecliff Racing (Mgr: J B Munz), G P I Racing (Mgr: G P Ingham) & A E & Mrs G Koundouris
Jan 16, 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Scone NSW, $1100000, DEAN HAWTHORNE BLOODSTOCK, NSW
4yo H
 P S Buckley, A Kheir & Dr T J Koenig
5yo Mare
5th  4. ACE HIGH (AUS)
4yo H
6th  3. MEMES (AUS)
5yo Mare

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