Kensei Handicap the Rosehill feature on Saturday

Rosehill hosts Sydney’s metropolitan meeting on Saturday with 145 nominations received on Monday including 14 for the feature $100,000, Kensei Handicap (2000m) which may be a reprise of the Eremein Handicap over 1800m at the course on June 2nd.

Chris Waller’s five-year-old Darci Brahma mare Dagney (NZ) won the Eremein carrying 53kg under Kerrin McEvoy narrowly over Gerald Ryan’s Harper’s Choice with 57.5kg and Waller’s Black On Gold (NZ) with 58kg. They are all nominated for Saturday.

Waller has also nominated Sayed (USA) and Vassal (GB).

The stable’s Sebring dashing grey Sir Bacchus is nominated for the Benchmark 95 Handicap (1400m) after his return to the winner’s stall in the Octagonal Handicap over 1400m at the June 2nd meeting. It was the first win for Sir Bacchus since October 2016 after a long injury and recovery lay off.

There are 15 nominations for the race.

Another last start Waller winner nominated for Saturday is three-year-old Gresham who was nominated for the Group 2 Queensland Guineas last Saturday at Doomben after his win over 1500m at Rosehill on June 2nd.

Gresham was withdrawn from the Brisbane race and the Sebring gelding is now going for three wins in succession. From his last five starts the gelding has won three, placed second on one and third in the other with stakes now just under the $200,000 mark.

Nominations are extended for the 2YO Handicap (1400m) with seven in Monday including Gary Portelli’s Ronstar. The big Zoustar gelding has won his two races narrowly after fighting off the challenges each time.

David Payne has nominated Silent Explorer, the Lope De Vega gelding, who won his second race start at Warwick Farm over 1200m on May 30th.

The track is rated a Heavy 8 on Monday after 40mm of rain for the last seven days.

Sydney’s weather for the Rosehill region is fine and sunny with 17c on Tuesday, after a 3c start, and then 19c Wednesday through to Friday. Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with 7c – 17c.

Rosehill nominations

Ronstar nominated for Saturday, picture