Nominations augur well for Rosehill's Saturday program

Sydney’s Saturday metropolitan program to be staged at Rosehill Gardens on December 9 received 125 initial nominations, though five of the nine races were the subject of a 24-hour extension to its original deadline.

A Benchmark 90 Handicap to be staged over 1400m is set to provide Godolphin’s Morton’s Folk with the opportunity to return to the winning ranks after a very promising fourth placing at his first outing since being gelded.

Last seen in the winner’s enclosure following his victory in the 2016 MRC Sandown Guineas at Group 2 level, the son of Ad Valorem (USA) has drawn a blank in all of his subsequent starts this calendar year.

A return to anything like his previous best form would see him competitive in Saturday’s contest and possibly earn a return to racing in black-type competition over the Festive Season.

Progressive 4-year-old Bon Amiss has two possible options. The first, a Benchmark 85 Handicap over 1100m, and the other a Benchmark 80 Handicap over 1200m.

Beaten only once in his five starts to date, the son of Bon Hoffa was doing all of his best work at the finish when second over 1100m at his previous outing. Consequently, a step up to 1200m appears an obvious progression in his career.

The only race to be run beyond 1500m on the program, a 2000m Benchmark 80 Handicap sees Chris Waller with a potential stranglehold on the contest. After all, no fewer than nine of the 16 nominees are prepared by the stable.

Of Waller’s contingent, four are European imports making typical progress under the trainer’s remarkably success practices, including the mid-November Rosehill Gardens 1800m winner Carzoff (Fr).

With the likes of Lead Choreographer (Ire), Mornington (GB) and Mortar Platoon (Ire) also boasting similar profiles, the chances of the stable taking out the event with an import already seem high even at this premature stage in proceedings.

Smart last-start winner Bull Market is one of nine very handy 3-year-olds nominated for a quality 1400m event for the age group on the program.

A narrow winner over stablemate Poetic Charmer at his latest engagement, the well-bred son of Written Tycoon is likely to face the same rival again this coming Saturday, as well as Star Sensation (3rd), Burden of Proof (4th) and Up Trumpz (5th) from the same event. 

As just over a length and a quarter separating first and fifth on that occasion, the quintet’s rivalry promises to produce another close finish to an interesting clash.

The only 2YO event on the card saw 14 nominations, none better named than the potential debutant Whiteley. A son of Sebring trained in partnership by Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott and bought by the duo for $150,000, the youngster was produced by Exquisite Art. 

More relevant in gauging the chances of a bold first-up showing by Whiteley is the fact that his 2nd-dam is the champion 2YO filly Victory Vein. As an immediate son of a Golden Slipper winner, it’s fair to suggest he has the bloodlines to figure in some way, shape or form.

Rail position for the meeting is six metres out for the entire circuit. Track condition at the start of the week is a Soft 5.