Rosehill Gardens and Moonee Valley host the feature programs this Saturday on a busy weekend of racing around the country. The Listed Carlyon Stakes is the appetiser at The Valley, while the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes is the main course for punters at Rosehill. Join our experts as they outline their best bets for a Super Saturday of racing!
Rosehill Race 8
Introducing was braver than Mel Gibson first-up in The Rosebud. He sat on top of a hot tempo throughout and fought back in the shadows despite being clearly headed. The Trapeze Artist colt strips fitter, and he can make amends on Saturday from the perfect inside draw. He will roll forward and take up his favourite role as pilot, and if he can grab a mid-race breather, he will prove hard to run down. The Gai Waterhouse polish must be respected, and there has been a flood of money for the talented three-year-old in early betting.
The Instructor shares similar form lines to Introducing, and he also ran well fresh without winning in The Rosebud. The Russian Revolution colt will benefit from his recent outing, and the one-time Blue Diamond favourite is unbeaten second-up. From barrier eight, he will need to jump and cross his rivals early, and if he can find the bunny, it could be all over bar the shouting. His record at the distance is the primary concern.
Suggested Bet: Introducing @ $8.00
Rosehill RACE 7
#9 Tutta La Vita
Tutta La Vita has been an owner’s dream during the early stage of her career. With more luck in transit, The Autumn Sun filly could have had a picket fence next to her name, and she looks to have the upcoming spring at her mercy. A recent trial will have her ready to rock ‘n’ roll for this lofty assignment, and she deserves her shot at this level. The 53kg is a luxury, and if Kerrin Mc Evoy can find some cover from the middle gate, I expect her to make her presence felt late. This is her acid test!
Caballus will start favourite after an impressive campaign to date. The I Am Invincible colt oozes class, and he has been heavily supported since markets opened. The 1300m looks ideal at this stage of his preparation, and if he doesn’t get too far out of his ground during the early stages of the race, he can challenge late. He has the unfortunate ability to find trouble in running.
Suggested Bet: Tutta La Vita @ $14.00
Rosehill Race 9
Kalino looks one of the better bets on a very tricky Rosehill program. The Pierro gelding was a brilliant winner fresh before producing a flat second-up effort at his latest outing. The step out in distance is advantageous, and I suspect he is ready to produce a peak run for the campaign. The form around the five-year-old usually stands up, and he finds a very winnable Benchmark 100 on Saturday. Brett Prebble will sit the big boy midfield with some cover, and if he is presented with his run at the right time, I expect him to prove too strong for his rivals late. Serious contender!
Mission Phoenix looks over the odds after producing an eye-catching fresh run. The Reset gelding traditionally runs well second-up, and he will eat up every inch of the 1400m. The Joseph Pride lightly raced seven-year-old will get his chance to roll forward from barrier five, and if he is left to his own devices on top of the speed, the fat lady could be signing before they run for the judge. His recent winning record is the primary concern.
Suggested Bet: Kalino @ $3.30
moonee valley Race 8
#8 Omni Man
Omni Man savaged the line in his Victorian debut. The I Am Invincible gelding came to Melbourne up and about in winning form, and only pilot error cost him victory by the narrowest of margins. From barrier two, Jordan Childs can have the inform five-year-old sit in the box seat, and if the gaps appear nearing the final bend, his lethal turn of foot can put his rivals to the sword. He is rock-hard fit, and the early money trail tells me he is in Melbourne to break clocks and cash cheques. Hard to toss!
Generation looks dangerous, resuming after a string of eye-catching jumpouts. The Snitzel traditionally races well during the early stages of his preparation, and his form last campaign would win this event in a canter. His winning record at the distance is the only deterrent. It may pay dividends to watch for any significant market support.
Suggested Bet: Omni Man @ $3.10
Moonee Valley Race 7
#8 Future History
Future History is ready to win! The former international has raced extremely well at both Australian starts, and I suspect he will explode third-up from a spell. The step out in distance is advantageous, and the 1.5kg apprentice claim puts one hoof on the till. The Showcasing gelding will roll forward from the middle gate, and if Carleen Hefel can pinch some cheap sectionals in transit on the enigmatic six-year-old, the race could be over before they run for home. Over the odds!
The consistent and flying Brayden Star will start favourite after a stunning last-start victory at Flemington. The Twilight Son entire hasn’t missed a top two gurnsey all preparation, and he is building an enviable career record. The step out in distance is ideal at this stage of the preparation, and I suspect he has a successful spring in front of him. Moonee Valley will likely suit his racing style and pattern.
Suggested Bet: Future History @ $5.00
Moonee Valley Race 9
Regardsmaree has been racing well without winning all campaign. The So You Think gelding caught the eye late at Flemington last start, and he put the writing on the wall for a next-start peak run and performance. The consistent seven-year-old is ready for the 1500m and always races well on the tight-turning Moonee Valley circuit. From barrier two, I expect him to get the run of the race, and if he sees daylight when the whips are cracking, he will figure in the finish. Over the odds!
St Lawrence will start a short-priced favourite after recording back-to-back victories this campaign. The Redwood gelding has won six out of seven career starts, and his best form reads incredibly well for this event. He is well weighted after the apprentice claim and will drift back and watch the race unfold after jumping from a middle gate. The classy five-year-old will always require an element of luck with his racing pattern. The Valley could be his undoing.
Suggested Bet: Regardsmaree @ $10.00