Group Racing For Rosehill and Caulfield


Some smart three-year-old, Graff and The Autumn Sun are set to do battle in the Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill.

In Melbourne the first of the European invaders, Folkswood and Jungle Cat appear at Caulfield where Jungle Cat tackles the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Here’s my thoughts on those and the other Group races for the day.


Race 3 – Gloaming Stakes (1800m, Group 3)

Three-year-olds step out to 1800m for the first time. Tarka won last three, tough win in G2 Stan Fox (1500m) last start, gave every impression extra trip won’t trouble.

 Irukandji had a tough wide run in the heavy when 4th behind Tarka, strong staying bloodlines so extra distance and good track a plus.

Panzerfaust won well Wyong, yet Clark jumps ship for Thinkin’ Big, resuming, but trialled twice.

Best: Irukandji. Dangers: Tarka, Thinkin’ Big.


Race 4 – JRA Trophy (2400m, Group 3)

Harper’s Choice and Goathland were just behind the placings in Newcastle Cup. Harper’s Choice worked early from wide gate, hit the front 400m tired late, should get the gun run here.

There was a little between Miss Admiration and Sin To Win in Listed race at Caulfield last start. Was tough for backmarkers and both hit the line strongly.

Best: Harper’s Choice.Dangers: Sin To Win, Miss Admiration.

Race 5 – Shannon Stakes (1500m, Group 2)

Youngstar was super in her first-up 6th behind Comin’ Through in the Tramway (1400m), when taken back and then savaged the line late. Youngstar is a Qld Oaks (2200m) winner, could be great and should beat these.

Arbeitsam can dictate and will be tough to run down.

Noire was well supported when resuming, good record second-up.

Best: Youngstar. Dangers: Arbeitsam, Noire.

Race 6 – Golden Pendant (1400m, Group 2)

Invincibella had run to suit and finished hard to beat several of these in the Sheraco (1200m) on a heavy track. Fitter extra distance suits.

Daysee Doom won this race last year. Had a forget run when deep all the way in the Sheraco and not suited by heavy. She’s been in the money eight of 11 here, G1 winner and well-drawn.

Jock possibly went a little early on Champagne Cuddles when resumed for game third in the Sheraco. One alley so should box-seat.

Prompt Response, class mare, looked good and untouched in winning Wyong trial (1000m).

Dixie Blossoms ran super when resuming in G2 Tramway, back against own sex here.

Big watch on Shumookh. Resuming, lightly raced, G1 placed and was impressive 1200m trial winner.

Best: Champagne Cuddles. Dangers: Daysee Doom, Prompt Response.

Golden Rose Stakes (1400m, Group 1)

Lean Mean Machine finished hard to win the Run To Rose (1200m), slightly longer trip in his favour.

Graff was very game when 2nd Lean Mean Machine. Had a wide gate and was three and four deep the entire and was not entitled to get as close as he did. Drawn to get a better run this time. Just hope the tough run on a heavy track hasn’t taken the edge off Graff.

The Autumn Sun should have won last start when third to Tarka in Stan Fox (1500m). Blinkers go on and should be fighting out the finish.

Ollie bypasses Rupert Clark Stakes day in Melbourne to ride G1 winning filly Seabrook. Nice effort at Caulfield when resuming and will be hitting the line hard.

Best: The Autumn Sun. Dangers: Seabrook, Graff.


Race 7 – Foundation Cup (Group 3, 2000m)

European invader Folkswood returns. He ran third in the Cox Plate last year and by all reports has settled in and worked well at Werribee. Prefer to see him have a run this time before singing praises.

Our Venice Beach is fitter for first Australian start, when second in M Valley Hcp 2040m. G1 placed in France (2400m).

Vengeur Masque was dour when 4th at Caulfield, extra distance suits.

 Night’s Watch probably should have won when missed the kick and finished well in the G2 Feehan at Moonee Valley. He’s back to Caulfield where he’s two from two, 2000m and D. Lane returns.

Horses returning after a winter in Qld often have good preps. Rising Red fits the bill and first-up run was solid.

Odeon was a bit flat-footed at the Valley in same race as Night’s Watch. Class query, but should get nice run.

Best: Night’s Watch. Dangers: Our Venice Beach, Rising Red.

Race 8 – Rupert Clarke Stakes (Group 1, 1400m)

Jungle Cat won his last three including G1 Al Quoz Sprint in March. European based sprinter having  first Australian start, hard to get a guide.

Import Home Of The Brave had a soft lead and found plenty to win the G2 Theo Marks at Randwick (heavy track). Very capable and a little query if the track is hard, possible he could be best on tracks with the sting out.

Osborne Bulls came from well back to win here first-up in the Listed Regal Roller, beating Land Of Plenty. Having first crack at Group level and expected high tempo will suit.

Sovereign Nation resumes, good fresh record.

Land Of Plenty nailed by Osborne Bulls here then circled the field for strong win at the Valley. Out to 1400m is in his favour.

Oregon’s Day had good second-up effort behind Humidor in the G1 Memsie. Gets back and should be hitting the line hard.

Peaceful State is a Weir lightweight that is definitely in the mix. G1 placed and was winding up late when second to Land Of Plenty at the Valley, drops 4.5kgs and is second-up winner.

Best: Osborne Bulls. Dangers: Peaceful State, Oregon’s Day/Land Of Plenty.

Race 9 – How Now Stakes (1200m, Group 3)

Global Glamour resumes of the back of two Rosehill trials. A dual Group 1 winner she is the class runner and is a proven first-up performer.

Ellicazoom won the G3 Cockram with a barnstorming finish here at her latest outing. Consistency not a strong point.

I Am Excited had every chance when finished second to Ellicazoom fitter and better suited for her first run around Caulfield.

Fuhryk has several gear changes after resuming with last behind Ball Of Muscle in the G3 Regal Roller. She is back against own sex here and improvement wouldn’t surprise.

Sylpheed is G3 placed and struck trouble behind Ellicazoom, so can do better. Stablemate Winter Bride has a good record in Brisbane, toughest test here.

Leather ‘N’ Lace will be improved on her even first-up effort behind Ellicazoom. Weir-Lane, good combo. Stablemate Platinum Angel G2 placed in Qld.

Best: Global Glamour. Dangers: I Am Excited, Ellicazoom.

What do you think?