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The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021


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44 SPORT FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 The track surface at Rosehill racecourse was rated a heavy nine yesterday morning. Picture: Sam Ruttyn ROSEHILL racecourse manager Shaun Patterson is optimistic he could be declaring Rosehill in the soft range come tomorrow morning for the big Golden Slipper race day. The Golden Slipper day card was rescheduled for just the second time in the races history last Saturday due to the big wet in Sydney and parts of the state which has resulted in more than 320ml of rain falling at Rosehill in the past seven days. The track surface was rated a heavy nine yesterday morning after trackwork where 13 of the locally trained Group 1 runners went through their paces on the outside of the course proper. The feel from the riders was it was probably closer to an (heavy) eight than a nine but we are still two days out until the meeting, so we erred on the side of caution knowing weve got more good weather and a nice breeze today so its going to continue to improve, Patterson said. SOFT TRACK A POSSIBILITY FOR SLIPPER DAY CLINTON PAYNE Its easy to forget that McDonald is still only 29. If the champion rider concentrates on Australian racing and resists lures to ride overseas, he could rewrite the record books and become the most successful big-race jockey of all-time. Hall of Fame jockey Damien Oliver currently tops the list with 118 Group 1 wins and is riding against McDonald at the Slipper meeting. McDonald is aware he is not the only jockey on the verge of a significant career achievement tomorrow. There are a couple of riders in the room going for milestones, McDonald said. Hughie (Bowman, 98 Group 1 wins) looks a good chance as well but Im more than happy with my particular rides. McDonald, who has an outstanding book of nine rides at Rosehill, is hopeful of a second Golden Slipper win on the Chris Waller-trained Home Affairs. He won the race in 2014 on Mossfun. Home Affairs won the Silver Slipper and then ran a close third in the Todman Stakes, giving McDonald reason to feel confident of winning another Golden Slipper provided the track rating continues to improve. Rosehill was rated a heavy 9 yesterday with the chance of further upgrades. We are hanging on to the hope that Home Affairs is the real deal two-year-old and can go on anything, McDonald said. There is no doubt he is better on a firm track and we have been lucky to have experienced what he can do on the dry. One was in a trial when he looked unbelievable and last start he was slow away by a length but was only beaten a half-length when he didnt have much room. But Home Affairs has performed well on soft seven and I know that is completely different to a heavy track but you could argue he should be un J-Mac chases the greats JAMES McDonald is poised to become the fastest to ride 50 Group 1 winners in Australian racing history on Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow. Sydneys reigning premier jockey needs two more majors to bring up the milestone and he has rides in all five Group 1 races including Home Affairs in the $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper and Verry Elleegant in the $700,000 Ranvet Stakes. RAY THOMAS beaten on soft tracks. We know he is a strong colt and he wont lie down. We are still quietly confident and we feel he should be higher in the market. McDonald has ridden seven of the Golden Slipper runners either in races of barrier trials so he has a good handle on Home Affairss opposition. Profiteer and Stay Inside look like they will handle soft ground, they are little, elegant colts who skip over the ground quickly, he said. Champion jockey could be fastest to bring up 50 Group 1 winners THE Gold Coast Turf Club hopes the appearance of star jockey William Pike at the Gold Coast Cup-Hollindale Stakes meeting will be a further boost to its chances of getting its first Group 1 race. The GCTC has confirmed Pike will ride at its meeting on Saturday, May 8. Western Australian-based Pike, nicknamed the Wizard of the West, attracts a cult following around the country and will act as major drawcard for the Gold Coast Cup-Hollindale Stakes race day. GCTC chief executive Steve Lines said Pikes appearance was part of the clubs aim of growing the Gold Coast Cup race day and pushing for the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes to be elevated to Group 1 status. The Hollindale has been won by some of Australias best horses including Might and Power, Rough Habit and Shogun Lodge. Pike has ridden more than 2450 winners. Im really excited to ride on the Gold Coast for the first time, Pike said. Wizard heads for the Coast MARK OBERHARDT Gelded import ready to take off at Bendigo TALENTED import Skyward will be a touch lighter when he begins his second Australian campaign in Saturdays Golden Mile at Bendigo. Skyward landed in Australia with a solid reputation, after posting four wins in eight starts in France, before joining the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young stable in the spring. Skyward was beaten by 2 lengths when fifth in the Geelong Cup, before a poor effort in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at his last outing. The son of Camelot was gelded during his time off, but has shown promise with two jumpout wins at Cranbourne before his return in the Golden Mile. He has top-class form in Europe, but he didnt produce it when he was out here, as is often the case, for a variety of reasons, but hes had a good long spell and weve gelded him, Busuttin said. Hes won a couple of trials very nicely, albeit against much inferior opposition. Busuttin said the two jumpouts inspired confidence in a strong first-up outing, before connections decide where to go during the rest of Skywards autumn preparation. Were confident hell run a big race, even though the mile is too short for him, Busuttin said. After that, well chat to (managing owner) John Messara and go from there. Skyman is a $41 chance in the Golden Mile. BRAD WATERS HEAVY SUITS CUMMINGS GODOLPHIN trainer James Cummings knows three horses that Saturdays expected heavy conditions will suit and he cant wait to get them to Rosehill. Group 1 winner Colette, Group 1 aspirant Tailleur and Emanate are the three mares that will represent his stable on the Golden Slipper day card and each of them are more at home on rain-affec ted ground than they are on a firm surface. Colette is one of a host of horses that are beneficiaries of the delayed Golden Slipper meeting. The four-year-old wasnt among the entries for the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) last week but with another seven days, the stable elected to change tact and tackle the likes of Verry Elleegant and Addeybb.

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