Rosehill Racecourse Autumn Carnival has no Lack of Quality Races

The Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500 m fillies and mares quality) jumps Saturday on the second biggest meeting of the autumn carnival at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney.

Unlike more than a few others, the Coolmore had no trouble attracting a field of runners. Eighteen will make the jump and with few exceptions, most of the field is offering prices that are reasonable. The favourite for the moment is Dixie Blossoms. She has drawn the fourth barrier and since the market opened, she has offered either $7 or $6.50. Next is Egg Tart, who will jump right alongside Dixie at $7.00. Then comes Raiment from the first barrier. She has shortened from $10 to her current price of $7.50. She will jump from the fence.

Silent Sedition is at $8.00. She nearly won the Coolmore last year and she duplicated last year’s form going into the race by once again winning the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield as her lead up race and only a wide draw in last year’s Coolmore prevented her from winning. She is right in the thick of it this year, coming out of the seventh barrier.

Rosehill also has four Group 2s on offer, the Ajax Stakes, the Phar Lap Stakes, the Pago Pago Stakes and the Magic Night Stakes. Those four races suggest a horse name themed meeting and for the record, there have been six horses carrying the name Coolmore, although none hailed/hails from Australia or New Zealand.

There will also be two Group 3 races, the Sky High Stakes and the Maurice McCarten Stakes.

This weekend’s Rosehill meeting is the lead in for the following weekend, where Rosehill will serve up five Group 1 races before concluding its autumn carnival on the very last day of March with two Group 1 races, two Group 2s and four Group 3s.

There should be plenty of turnover to keep the bookies profitable, even if, after taxes, their margins shrink, although fortunately, not to the level of those for sports betting.

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