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Australian Racing: Golden Mile ready to step up

Rosehill takes centre stage with the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes featuring on a ten race card. There are also metro meetings at Belmont Park, Toowoomba, Mornington and Morphetville Parks while there’s a number of provincial and country meets also.

Mile to upset stablemate

The feature race of the day has attracted a field of 17 including three for the powerful Godolphin operation. Two of those are trained by James Cummings with the red cap carried by In Secret who is expected to jump as favourite following a first success at Group 2 level when winning the 1200m Run To The Rose Stakes over 1200m here earlier this month.

The daughter of I Am Invincible shaped as if she would have no issue with the extra 200m here on that occasion with trainer Cummings expecting her to have improved for that effort she rates a worthy favourite.

Stablemate Golden Mile is a big threat here and is selected to make a successful step up to Group 1 company having won two of his three previous starts.

Runner-up in the 1300m Up And Coming Stakes at this venue when making his second career start last month the colt duly went one better when delivering an impressive victory in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality over this course and distance earlier this month.

Trainer James Cummings has made a fantastic start to the Sydney spring winning two Group 1 races with Anamoe and Sam Clipperton and Golden Mile are selected to give him a third top level success of the campaign at the chief expense of In Secret. 

Expat to spring Pendant surprise

Chris Waller’s Espiona is likely to jump as favourite with James McDonald up in the Group 2 Golden Pendant on the undercard at Rosehill.

The four-year-old filly ended her last spell with a Group 3 triumph on a heavy 8 track over this trip and Randwick and ran a respectable race when finishing in mid-division when sixth over 1200m in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes here on her return to action two weeks ago.

James McDonald’s mount will have no issue with the forecast soft 5 going but preference is for Expat who has shown a liking for this track in winning four of his seven previous starts here.

Expat won three times last spell including twice in Group company with the most recent of those triumphs coming when taking out the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes over 1300m here in February.

The daughter of Makfi’s form tailed off subsequently but she registered a decent effort when suffering interference in finishing ninth in the Mona Lisa at Wyong on her reappearance.

A barrier trial success subsequently should have put her spot on for this race and with a good barrier draw in two and her only obvious pace rival Riduna being drawn out wide she is taken to make all under Irishman Tom Sherry.

Time to double up

A number of course regulars clash in the seventh at Belmont Park, the Black Heart Bart Stakes over 1200m with Resortman sure to have his supporters having won three of his last four starts.

All four of those outings have come at this venue including when winning over 1400m under his rider here Chris Parnham in the Farnley Stakes on a soft 5 surface two weeks ago.

Similar conditions are expected here and the six-year-old rates a big runner in what looks a competitive seven runner affair.

Comes A Time is another to have competed here regularly with all three starts this spell coming at this venue.

The winner of course and distance Benchmark 84+ event on a good 4 track here a week ago the gelding is turned out quickly with the forecast softer going no issue having won by a narrow margin on a soft 7 surface in a lower grade over 1000m here first up.

Looks ready for this step up in class and is taken to provide Paul Harvey, on board the pick last time out for the first time since June last year with a winner for handler Michael Grantham.

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