Malaguerra (Rosehill Race 4, No.2)
Malaguerra is a Group One winner in waiting according to The Wolf. This four-year-old has been a revelation since being gelded for the Freedman yard and going off his first-up demolition over 1000m, he’s trained on even further from the spring. Has drawn barrier one which gives Blake Shinn plenty of options and he is even better suited out to 1200m. Stick with him right through to the Straddie in Queensland.
It’s Somewhat (Rosehill Race 3, No.2)
Think Sam Clipperton unknowingly unlocked the key to this horse in the Ajax Stakes. Raced him up on the speed and pushed the button at the top of the straight. He put a gap on his rivals and they were unable to reel him in. Wants 2000m now so this assignment is perfect. Ignore that he’s never won beyond 1500m – his overseas form over a trip is very strong.
4,5,9,12,15 / 1,6,7 / 2,4,8,10 /5,9,11,12.
2,3,5,6,10 / 1,3 / 4,5,6 / 1,2,6,7.
Havana Cooler (Rosehill Race 9, No.9)
The last at Rosehill presents as an open race which sees The Wolf land on Havana Cooler. He looks very dangerous down on 54.5kg from a good gate with J-Mac steering. This Godolphin import was a good thing licked first-up last campaign, albeit over 1800m. Liked his closing effort in his most recent trial and with a big field generating plenty of speed he’ll be finding the line as well as anything.
Vinery Stud Stakes (Rosehill)
One of the deepest editions of the Vinery we’ve seen in a long time – even with Jameka scratched. Happy Hannah is the filly with the most x-factor here. Comes out of provincial and midweekers but that’s not unusual for staying fillies over carnivals. Throwing Honesta, Risque, Asinara and Believe into the quaddie.
Emancipation Stakes (Rosehill)
Badawiya couldn’t have been any more impressive first-up. She’s a filly off the very top shelf. However, she’s not very attractively weighted taking on the older horses here. Just how good is she? We’ll know post race. Solicit is in career-best form. If she turns up in the same form she’s a deserved favourite. Lingering question though is how many times can she go to the well before burning out. Inclined to play Zanbagh at the odds on offer and include Lady Le Fay at odds.
Easter Cup (Caulfield)
Awesome Rock and Lidari both scratched which turns this race on its head! Puccini was a touch plain in Sydney last start but he wants this 2000m trip now so best to forgive him. His run prior was very good. Guardini briefly loomed to win last start but died on his run. Strips fitter for that but can’t help think he’ll still need one more and the step out to 2400m to be a genuine winning hope. Next start for him.