Rosehill Gardens Mounting Yard Report... By Matthew Howard

She Will Reign leaving the gates 3/4 of a length slow. Is she a worthy $3 favourite for the Golden Slipper in 4 weeks time after her win on Saturday?

She Will Reign leaving the gates 3/4 of a length slow. Is she a worthy $3 favourite for the Golden Slipper in 4 weeks time after her win on Saturday?

The highlight of the racing week end was the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes which certainly provided a grandstand finish with a short ½ head by short head the margin for the first 3 across the line. With even luck in running you would have to believe that Spieth should now be a 2 time Group 1 winner and for the owners the golden rainbow should have been delivered with a big stud deal. But unfortunately for them the ball hasn’t bounced their way but if there is a racing god hopefully he can deliver in 3 weeks in the Newmarket.

Up in Sydney She Will Reign was the headline act in the Silver Slipper Stakes which she missed the start but not certainly nowhere near the 2 lengths suggested in a Sydney newspaper yesterday. Was it a performance that would warrant her to be $3 favourite with the NSW Tab 4 weeks out from the world’s richest 2 year old race? With the Tab Highway being run in slightly faster time I would hardly think it is a price you would be rushing out to jump into right at the moment.

Matthew Howard is back after missing last week with the races at Randwick being moved to the Monday but he didn’t miss a beat on the week end with 3 of his on top from the yard saluting, 2 of his second selections wining and Fickle Folly getting the cash at double figure odds.

Here is this week’s mounting yard live report which you can also read live Matthew’s thoughts on his Facebook page each Saturday prior to the race to assist with backing winners each Saturday.

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Rosehill Gardens Saturday 18, February 2017

Race 1 - 12:45PM SPARK OF LIFE HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
SCARLET RAIN3 lengths improvementShe's improved 3 lengths between runs however she is getting quite warm in the yard today. 2nd
TACTICAL ADVANTAGE2 lengths improvementTop pick from the yard here. No knocks today. Fit, healthy. Parades well. Should win1st
SPENDING TO WIN2 lengths improvementParaded just ok last start but surprisingly the horse parades better today3rd
EBENOS1st I've seen in some timeLittle thing, looks outclassed4th
NICCOBELLE1st I've seen No form coming into the race but he's a nice horse. Good strength5th
ZAKYNTHOS REGRETSSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED

Race 2 - 1:25PM HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY STAN KING HANDICAP (1350 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
TORGERSEN1st upNeeds the run.6th
HANDFAST3.5 lengths improvementGood improvement between runs. Nice horse. Next start will be at peak fitness. Can follow.2nd
ELLE LOU2 lengths improvement Improved nicely between runs since I saw on the GC. Sting out suits.1st
VOILIERBackwards 1 lengthNo interest in this horse.4th
ROARING TO WINImproved 1 lengthSlight improvement between runs. Good in coat, relaxed.5th
QUEEN OF WANDSimproved 1 lengthNot really a flashy type so not one that excites me. For her she is parading ok.3rd
SMOOTH TRUTH1st I've seenWhat is this horse doing here? Looks outclassed and displays almost all the negatives I look for. 7th

Race 3 - 2:00PM JAMES RUSE HANDICAP (1500 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
STRAWBERRY BOYNeitherHolding condition, struggling to win but does parade ok.5th
ANTONIO GIUSEPPE1st upLike this horse and he has returned in good order. Top selection from the yard.1st
KINEMA1st upNot fit and needs further.7th
DEE I CEE1st upI wouldn't even persist with this horse. Put it back in the paddock. Parades awful.8th
ALEGRIA1st upLovely loose walking horse, great mover. 85% fit.3rd
GOLD SYMPHONYBackwards 1 lengthThought paraded slightly better last start. 2nd
SEWREELBackwards 3 lengthsNot parading well today. 6th
TOWER OF SONGNeitherContinues to parade well. I think the track is better than they suggest it is, the firmer the better for this horse.4th

Race 4 - 2:35PM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
AND THERE IS MORESCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
ARISTOGRATS1st I've seenCoat needs to improve.4th
KOORINGAL STAR1st I've seenGetting quite warm in the yard.3rd
CONNIVING1st I've seenHasn't raced for some time but is forward enough to be competitive.6th
ZAKYNTHOS REGRETS1st I've seenLooks fit however not 100% focused in the mounting yard.2nd
DENY ALLCHARGESHaven't seen for some timeVery relaxed in the yard, probably the most relaxed. Condition just fair though.10th
EYE ON AMERICA1st I've seenThink this horse parades well today at double figure odds.7th
FICKLY FOLLY1st I've seenAnother at double figure odds that parades well today.1st
FERNIEHIRST1st I've seenShould appreciate a bit of sting out of the ground. Best of the roughies.5th
GREENBACK BOOGIEneitherNo real improvement between runs. Like others more.9th
TURBO BUNDYSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
EVA JEAN1st I've seenVery plain8th
KOPAONIKSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
ONEMORE FOR MUMMASCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED

Race 5 - 3:10PM TAB SILVER SLIPPER STAKES (1100 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
VERANILLOImproved 2 lengthsImproved between runs, looks better today.2nd
KHAN1st upLooks forward enough. Really grown into his frame since I last saw him.7th
SHOWTIMENeitherParades almost as did last start. Not sure he's going good enough to trouble some of these.3rd
LIGHTZImproved 1 lengthThis horse needs to come up at the front but when he does he'll be a nice horse. Good strength.5th
SHE WILL REIGN1st I've seen since DecVery athletic filly. I'd be very surprised if she didn't win.1st
LUCKY LOUIE1st I've seen since OctStill carrying a fair bit of condition. Needs the run.4th
MYSTIC EMPIREBackwards 1 lengthNot parading well today at all. Outclassed here.6th

Race 6 - 3:45PM SCHWEPPES HOBARTVILLE STAKES (1400 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
PRIZED ICON1st upMore forward than usual 1st up however still needs this run.6th
INFERENCE1st upDon't mind this horse. Returned in good order, needs further but can be followed if runs well.5th
VELADEROimproved 1 lengthOnly slight improvement between runs. Like others more here.8th
COMIN' THROUGHimproved 3 lengthsGreat improvement between runs. Best moving horse in the yard. Top pick.3rd
MAN FROM UNCLEImproved 3 lengthsAnother which has solid improvement between runs. Nice horse. 2nd pick.1st
ACATOUR1st upStrong colt who's returned in good order. Looks more athletic this preparation.7th
ECHO EFFECTImproved 1 lengthReally want to like this horse however he does a few things wrong in the yard and wastes some of his energy.2nd
BRYNEICHNeitherThis horse wishes the storm would have hit half an hour earlier. Still prefer on tighter tracks.4th
ON THE SPOTneitherOutclassed here.9th

Race 7 - 4:25PM RANVET MILLIE FOX STAKES (1300 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
SINGLE GAZE1st upGreat to see this horse back racing but not ready to fire yet. Coat still quite dull.7th
IN HER TIMEImproved 2 lengthsLike this horse however I wish that last storm hadn't hit as prefer her on firmer tracks.1st
FRENCH EMOTIONImproved 4 lengthsReally good improvement between runs for this horse. Best of the roughies.8th
TSARITSAimproved 2 lengthsShe's still not fit. Needs this race and maybe one more.10th
HEAVENS ABOVE1st up Think Tim has put a lot of work into her, she parades fit.9th
ARTISTRYSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
EURO ANGEL1st upJust average in condition today. Has a lot of improvement to come.2nd
PRIVATE SECRETARYBackwards 6 lengthsReally like this horse but seems to parade a different horse to the one that was on the GC. Paraded perfectly there, looks plain today.12th
DENMAGICImproved 3 lengthsTop selection from the yard, beautiful moving Denman mare. Parades without fault.4th
CIRCULARimproved 2 lengthsNot the worst here. Looks rather fit and relaxed in the yard and coat is well.6th
I AM ZELADYBackwards 4 lengthsNormally like this mare but she parades uninterested today and thought she looked better last start.11th
SOLD FOR SONG1st I've seen this prep. Fair condition wise but prefer others today.5th
DAYSEE DOOM1st up Think she will run well here 1st up. Has had a lot of work put into her.3rd

Race 8 - 5:05PM PARRAMATTA CUP (1900 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
RED EXCITEMENT1st I've seen in a few runsMissed last couple runs of this horse. Generally gets a little agitated in the yard and today is no different. Fitness wise ok, but prefer on drier.2nd
RELIGIFYNeitherCondition wise he looks great but must be a query at the distance.6th
ALERGIC3 lengths improvementWas quite fat 1st up, has shown good improvement however is still not in that classification of a fit horse. Have it on top with no confidence, mainly due to all runners parading with issues. 5th
REDNAVSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
SONG AND LAUGHTERNeitherHolding condition, will appreciate sting out of the ground but not a horse us mounting yard judges will ever get excited about.3rd
OLYMPIC ACADEMYSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
SOFIN1st I've seen this prepI'd give this some chance at odds only because all horses have issues here. Looks a horse that will appreciate the rain we have had.7th
DARK EYES2 lengths improvementDuring the summer months this horse has got very hot in the yard. Cooler conditions today and the horse parades better.4th
CLASSIC UNIFORMNeitherHolding condition. Coat is well, just not a real loose walker.1st
LAST WISHSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED

Race 9 - 5:45PM ST JOHNS PARK BOWLING CLUB HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
DECISION TIMENeitherOld boy, doesn't parade as well as he used to. 5th
PRINCEFAMOUSBackwards 1 lengthFair in condition today, slightly warm but nothing to worry about.3rd
HEART TESTANeitherNo real improvement between runs and won't like that recent shower that hit.10th
ZIGGY WILLIENeitherHolding condition well. Relaxed and focused. Top pick.2nd
HURRARANeitherNo improvement between runs and I can spot a few negatives in the mounting yard today.9th
AEGEAN SEAImproved 1 lengthWon't like the final 100m. Outclassed here.8th
SHADOW LORD1st upReturned in good order. Carrying a bit of condition but horse looks healthy.4th
OUR RENAISSANCEMissed its last startCondition wise looks very fit, one small behavioural negative. 7th
ALUCINARI1st upReally like this horse so was keen to see it today however still carrying too much excess to back it today.6th
HIEROGLYPHICSImproved 2 lengthsFit as a fiddle today. Not one that is mounting yard judges would get excited about unless on a tight turning track. Gets some favours today with the recent shower that hit and does look fit. 2nd pick.1st

HORSE TO FOLLOW: ANTONIO GIUSEPPE