The Sydney basin’s monsoon over the past ten days has impacted on even Rosehill, some 40km from the coastal fringe that has received most of the deluge, Randwick has received 170mm over those ten days, leaving Rosehill’s track a Heavy 9 on Wednesday for the nine race programme with 127 acceptances on Saturday.
The feature is the $150,000, listed Civic Stakes (1350m) with a field of 14 and the Gerald Ryan trained Deploy is the top-weight with 59.5kg under James Innes Jnr.
The six-year-old Fastnet Rock gelding is returning from an unsuccessful trip to Eagle Farm for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m. Deploy was fourth at the 400m but was not able to sustain the run.
The Waller stable will attempt to record back to back wins in the Civic Stakes after winning last year with Liapari (NZ), however the stable’s three runners have all drawn wide.
Seaway (NZ) has barrier 11 with 54.5kg, Sir Bacchus barrier 13 with 53.5kg and New Universe barrier 14 with 53kg. While the track may improve over the coming days it will still be rain affected so the wide barriers might not be as much an issue as usual.
New Universe has had four starts this campaign with two opening fourths and two subsequent thirds. The five-year-old Darci Brahma gelding was fourth first up in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup over 1600m in April and fourth again in the listed Scone Cup over 1600m in May.
Then he was third in the Octagonal Handicap over 1400m with 54.5kg and third again in the Racing To Win Handicap over 1600m with 54.5kg, both at Randwick with the latter on a Heavy 8 track. In both he was a long way off the leaders at the 400m, 12th and 10threspectively, to close rapidly over the final stages.
Four-year-old Seaway is resuming after two wins over the summers followed by two unsuccessful runs. Sir Baccus, nearly approaching the veteran status rising seven, opened his latest campaign with a seventh in the Benchmark 94 over 1300m at Rosehill on June 15th. He has rewarded his owners with eight wins from 34 starts earning stakes of $556,000.
The Civic Stakes is Race 7 at 3.05pm.
The stable have accepted with the in-form So You Win for the $125,000, Kensei Handicap (2000m) with the four-year-old So You Think gelding coming off two wins in succession. The last in the Benchmark 88 over 1800m at Rosehill on the 15th with 58.5kg. Alward (IRE) and Articus (FR) are also nominated. Jason Collett rides with 55.5kg and barrier four.
There is a field of seven for the Kensei Handicap, Race 2 at 12.05pm.
Joe Pride has veteran, Destiny’s Kiss, in the $125,000, Stayer’s Cup (3200m) which has a field of 13. Destiny’s Kiss returned to the winner’s stall to much acclaim in the listed Winter Cup over 1400m on the 15th. This was the second time he has won the race with the first in 2013.
On Saturday apprentice Chris Williams’ 3kg claim brings Destiny’s Kiss’ weight down to 59.5kg and they have barrier 13.
The Stayer’s Cup is Race 5 at 1.50pm.
The programme commences at 11.30am with a capacity field of 18 for the $75,000, TAB Highway Class 2 Handicap (1400m).
The track has received 11mm of rain in the last 24 hours and 40.5mm for the last seven days. The rail will be in the True position for the entire circuit.
Rosehill’s weather is forecast to be a rain free zone into the weekend with 19c on Thursday, 20c on Friday and Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day and 7c – 21c.
Rosehill track has received 40.5mm of rain in the last seven days, picture ThoroughbredNEWS