Racing preview (August 12): Siege Of Quebec aiming to maintain perfect record

Updated: August 11, 2017

There’s not a heavy track in play today (Saturday) with mostly good surfaces on offer for a solid day of late-winter racing. Highlights include the Listed Rosebud at Rosehill for the new season 3yos while the day’s feature at Flemington (where it’s Racing Rewards Raceday for the VRC’s most loyal members) is the G3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m); overall 2017-18 season record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 19-1-37, +5.8 units


Rosehill Gardens will host Clubs NSW Western Metropolitan Race Day today (Saturday), recognising the Volunteer Rescue Association and NSW State Emergency Service’s contribution to the community. On the track, the Listed $150,000 Smithfield RSL Rosebud will feature new season three-year-olds starting their journey toward the $1 million De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose. Gerald Ryan’s Menari opened as the $2.60 favourite but has drifted to $3.40. This will be the first start for the colt since his run in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ at Royal Randwick on April 1. Menari carried a fair bit of hype into the autumn but fell victim to wet tracks. He finished third across the line in the Golden Slipper but was demoted to fourth on protest. He has completed two barrier trials ahead of the sprint.

Punters have also shown support for Siege of Quebec for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott (pictured above), which is the new $2.90 favourite in the Rosebud. The Fastnet Rock colt is undefeated after two career starts and will drop back in distance when he faces the starter. Trekking for James Cummings ($4.20) will make his first appearance since the autumn in the Rosebud, with his last run in the Group 1 Longines Golden Slipper. The Godolphin colt has trialled well in preparation for his return this spring season. Mark Newnham is enthusiastic about Diamond Tathagata’s campaign for more black-type recognition after he claimed the Group 2 Skyline Stakes at just his second start in February. Trainer Mark Newnham was delighted to see Rosehill classified as a good (3) on Friday, with no rain forecast.

• Aurie’s Star, was a champion sprinter dating back 80 years. The gelding won 28 of his 89 starts, including the 1937 Newmarket Handicap, the 1937 and 1939 Oakleigh Plate as well as the 1940 Goodwood Handicap. Today’s feature, the Aurie’s Star handicap (1200m), was first run in 1996 and regularly attracts runners heading towards vastly different spring summits. The 10-horse field is offers value from top to bottom, with Flippant the narrowest of favourites at $5 while the rank outsider, Yesterday’s Songs, is at $18.  The best form of both Hey Doc (winner of the Australian Guineas here in March) and last year’s Myer Classic victor I Am A Star would give them a clear edge over the rest of this field.

However, both are conceding weight to the rest of this field (which includes four runners for the Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig operation) and history shows both have taken a run before they are able to perform at anywhere near their best. Lindsay Park’s Cannyescent has a clear fitness edge over his main rivals and has recorded four wins from five starts this prep. He has been freshened up since his win at Flemington last start (June 24 over 1400m) and he is a horse that generally produce his best when kept on the fresh side. David Hayes said if Cannyescent could hold his form he could get to the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). Australian Guineas placegetter Snitzson is first-up but looks great value at $14 if he runs up to that form.


Today’s highlights (in running order, AET)

Rosehill Gardens R6 (2.55pm) Listed $150,000 Smithfield RSL Club Rosebud (1100m, quality, min. weight 53kg, 3yo)
Flemington R7 (3.55pm) G3 $150,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m, handicap, min. weight 54kg)
Belmont R6 (5.03pm) Listed $100,000 Belmont Newmarket (1200m, quality, min. weight 55kg, 3yo+)


Today’s racing: Rosehill Gardens (NSW – good 3), Newcastle (NSW – soft 5), Casino (NSW – good 4), Inverell (NSW – soft 5), Louth (NSW – good); Flemington (Vic – good 4), Coleraine (Vic – soft 6); Doomben (Qld – good 4), Gold Coast (Qld – good 4), Toowoomba (Qld – good 4), Cairns (Qld – good 4), Charleville (Qld – good), Gladstone (Qld – good), Muttaburra (Qld – good), Nanango (Qld – firm 2), Richmond (Qld – N/A); Morphettville Parks (SA – soft 5); Belmont (WA – soft 6), Carnarvon (WA – good), Wyndham (WA – good); Katherine (NT – good). Harness racing: Menangle (NSW), Melton (Vic), Newcastle (NSW), Albion Park (Qld), Globe Derby (SA), Bunbury (WA). Greyhound racing: The Gardens (NSW), Horsham (Vic), Ipswich (Qld), Bulli (NSW), The Meadows (Vic), Wentworth Park (NSW), Cannington (WA), Temora (NSW – abandoned).


Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Flemington R4 #6 Duke Of Ellington (place)
Flemington R5 #2 Samovare (win)
Flemington R6 #9 Kilmacurragh (win)
Flemington R8 #1 Crocodile Rock (win)
Flemington R9 #9 Sunday Escape (place)
Rosehill R3 #7 Arbeitsam (win)
Rosehill R5 #4 Peacock (win)
Rosehill R8 #6 Faith’s Encore (win)
Doomben R1 #1 Mr Epic (win)
Doomben R6 #12 Oink (win)
Morphettville R7 #9 Mystified (win)
Belmont R8 #9 Gunnago (win)


Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 1-0-4, -0.4 units

Geelong R3 #8 Consider It Done (win) LOSE (3rd)
Geelong R7 #3 Carraig Aonair (win) LOSE (4th)
Canberra R5 #7 Bella Amante (win x2) 1st ($2.70)
Canberra R6 #4 Gentle Annie (win) LOSE (2nd)
Ipswich R5 #5 Finnomony (win) LOSE (U/P)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Sportsbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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