may be wet and gloomy for final day of Autumn Carnival
From Deane Cummings: March 2018
Rosehill Racecourse will conclude its 2018 autumn carnival
this weekend with an impressive lineup of races.
will be eight races of Group 3 and above, so some of the
finest in NSW will be out for a gallop on Saturday, March
will not be wasting any time on meaningless preliminaries
Bets. The first race will be the Group 1 The BMW, or,
as they might prefer us to call it, the H E Tancred Stakes.
It covers 2400 metres under weight-for-age conditions, making
it the premier distance race for the Rosehill autumn carnival.
race was won last year by Jameka from Humidor and Exospheric.
year's field has Melbourne Cup winner Almandin, but Darren
Weir's Gailo Chop would have to be considered the favourite.
Almandin is a tough one to pick. The eight-year-old German
does not do much racing and he has won nothing other than
a Listed race since his win in the 2016 Cup.
Chop on the other hand, recently took the post in the Group
1 Ranvet Stakes (2000 m) at Rosehill, so the only question
is if he has had enough rest.
Waller plans to field Libran and Who Shot Thebarman.
of the 10 horses in the field have won Group 1 races. There
Is Aus-tralian Cup winner Harlem and Single Gaze in addition
to the ones men-tioned earlier.
up is another Group 1, the 2000 metre Vinery Stud Stakes,
or the Storm Queen Stakes, if you prefer. It is run under
set weights and is restricted to three-year-old fillies.
It was won last year by Montoya's Secret from Nurse Kitchen
and Harlow Gold. This year's field will include top liners,
such as Aloisia, Alizee and several others.
Group 2 Tulloch Stake (2000 m) is one of two Group 2 races
for the meeting. It is the equivalent of the Vinery Stud,
but for the fact that it is for the male three-year-olds.
snow won in 2017, from Prized Icon and Captain Duffy.
of the horses from this race will go on to try the Group
1 Australian Derby the following week. The last horse to
fill a Tulloch - Australian Derby Stakes double was Starcraft
other Group 2 at Saturday's Rosehill
Racecourse meeting is the Emancipation Stakes (1600
m). Like the Vinery, it is restricted to female horses,
although it is not age-limited.
won from Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms in 2017. Fillies
and mares that do well here might be seen at Randwick for
a jump in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Royal
Randwick on April 14.
3 races at the meeting will be the T L Bailieu Handicap,
the Doncaster Prelude, Star Kingdom Stakes and the Neville
Sellwood Stakes. At the time of final acceptances, the Rosehill
track was rated a soft 5, with the rail in the four-metre
position for Saturday's action. It may dry out, but not
from sunshine, as the Bureau of Meteorology is calling for
cloudy days for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.