Sydney Preview Jan. 27, 2023: Spot plays for Rosehill
Sydney’s autumn carnival gets underway properly this weekend at Rosehill Gardens. The path to the world’s richest two-year-old race, the Golden Slipper (G1), begins with two Group 3 races, and the sprinter-milers begin their campaigns in the Expressway (G2).
Below are some spot plays for the features.
Race 2, 8:55 p.m. ET: Canonbury Stakes (G3), 1,100 meters (about 5 1/2 furlongs), 2-year-old colts and geldings
With the withdrawal of #5 Mafia, just six are due to head to the post for this Golden Slipper lead-up, and the form is largely unexposed. One that has shown up, however, is #1 King’s Gambit. Beginning his career in the Listed Debutant Stakes at Caulfield in October, King’s Gambit exploded away from his rivals to win by five lengths almost untouched.
He hasn’t raced since, but on that form alone it’s hard to back against him. The only one I’d consider is #6 Shinzo; the Snitzel colt is bred to be good, he’s won two trials, and he gets 3kg from King’s Gambit. #2 Red Resistance looks the best of the others.
Reigning Australian champion sire I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) @yarramanpark brings up his first 2YO winner of the season and his 83rd overall as @GooreeStud's King's Gambit (2 c ex Sultry Feeling by Encosta De Lago) takes the Debutant Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Caulfield. pic.twitter.com/R9DvxPboAK— ANZ Bloodstock (@anz_news) October 8, 2022
Race 5, 10:40 p.m. ET: Widden Stakes (G3), 1,100 meters, 2-year-old fillies
The Widden has more depth than the Canonbury, with 12 runners due to start. The buzz horse in this race is the unraced #6 Learning to Fly, who could become the first Southern Hemisphere winner by Triple Crown winner Justify if she can get up in this.
Learning to Fly has won her last two trials well, beating race rival #9 Perfect Proposal home Jan. 16. Perfect Proposal finished second in her only start, the Gimcrack (G3) Oct. 1, behind subsequent Magic Millions Classic runner-up Platinum Jubilee, so it’s good form. Debut winner #1 Cigar Flick and Jan. 14 runner-up #11 Steel City look the best of the others.
- $10 win/$30 show: #6 Learning to Fly
- $1 trifecta: 6, 9 with 6, 9 with 1, 11
Another strong trial from this well bred unraced one for @ANeashamRacing.— Breednet (@BreednetNews) January 16, 2023
Learning To Fly (2f Justify x Ennis Hill) - $900k buy for @kiaorastud from @CoolmoreAus at @inglis_sales Easter.
Dam a stakes winning sister to Acrobat and Golden Slipper placed Lake Geneva. pic.twitter.com/FYfrS3Yi2v
Race 8, 12:40 a.m. Saturday ET: Expressway Stakes (G2), 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs), 3-year-olds and up
The clear standouts are #4 Forbidden Love, who used a second-place finish here as a springboard to a dual Group 1-winning autumn campaign, and #9 Golden Mile, winner in spring of the Caulfield Guineas (G1) and the Callander-Presnell (G2). Forbidden Love disappointed a little in spring, but won a trial Jan. 16 and may be set to improve. However, I feel Golden Mile is more reliable.
If there’s a potential upsetter, it’s #5 Mariamia, a graded stakes-placed mare who won her return to racing well Jan. 14. #1 Nicolini Vito and #3 Pizarro look the best of the rest.
- $20 win: #9 Golden Mile
- $2 trifecta: 4, 9 with 4, 5, 9 with 1, 3, 4, 5, 9