A handful of last start winners capture the imagination in regard to this Saturday’s Rosehill Gardens meeting in Sydney following 104 acceptances for nine solid events.
Beginning with saddlecloth No. 1 in Race 1, a 2-year-old handicap to be run over 1100 metres with a field of nine, Godolphin’s solitary representative in the race is top-weight Gongs, winner of his only start to date when saluting on debut at Canterbury Park.
The very first winner for former dream 2-year-old Dawn Approach (Ire) in Australia, Gongs completely dominated her rivals when winning first-up and seems to have the potential to keep flying the flag of her freshman sire during the early stanza of the 2017/18 juvenile season.
Danny Williams-trained Volpe is set to back-up from his determined Highway victory over 1200m at Rosehill last weekend.
Caught behind a wall of horses halfway down the straight last Saturday, Volpe showed a great deal of resolve to force his way in to the clear and then hit the line with gusto — giving every indication that a step up in distance would possibly suit his style of racing even better.
Despite drawing the outside barrier in a field of 13 for this coming weekend’s Highway, Volpe should prove to be even better placed in Saturday’s assignment, though won’t get everything all his own way with fellow last-start winners Forever Newyork, Divine Unicorn, Ribs, Magic Choir and Rory’s Command in the line-up.
Noire scored in the style of a very progressive racemare when winning over 1100m under lights at Canterbury Park first-up following a 15-week spell.
The attractive 4-year-old daughter of Foxwedge is set to take her place in a 1400m Fillies & Mares Handicap for which she has drawn the inside marble and will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.
One of four representatives from the Chris Waller stable in the race, Noire has won three and placed second twice in just seven starts and Saturday should very much prove another step in the right direction.
The final event of the day sees Bastia make his return to metropolitan racing after a ‘soft kill’ at Port Macquarie over 1500m when resuming from a spell with no less than 61.5kgs in the saddle.
A late developing son of Rip Van Winkle prepared on behalf of prominent owner Alan Bell by leading trainer Kris Lees, Bastia was ridden like a good thing at Port Macquarie and proceeded to win by four-plus lengths.
Saturday’s program at Rosehill Gardens witnesses Bastia take his chance with 53.5kgs over the very same trip and the 8kgs difference in the impost he is set to carry suggests that he is not to be under-estimated.
One galloper due to be engaged at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday which deserves to break back in to the winning ranks is Single Bullet, a runner-up at all three starts in black-type company since resuming from a spell.
Drawn in barrier four for an 1100m Benchmark 89 Handicap, this very consistent 3-year-old son of Not a Single Doubt appears particularly well placed to add to his solitary win to date when claiming the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes as a juvenile.