Sydney Carnival Day 1


The fields and form are available for the start of the three-week Golden Slipper festival with the running of Coolmore Classic day at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Rosehill track was rated a good (3) at acceptance time and the rail on Saturday will be in the true position.

“I couldn’t be happier with where the track is a few days out from the start of the carnival,” Rosehill track manager Lindsay Murphy said.

“There’s plenty of grass on the track and the moisture levels are right where I want them.

“I’ll just keep things ticking over until Saturday.”

On the track, the meeting will feature the $600,000 Group I Coolmore Classic (1500m) for the fillies and mares.

The Coolmore Classic will see a field of 17 runners line up with the Group I winning mare Melito heading up the weights with 59.5kg.

Melito is sure face some stiff opposition against the likes of Purple, Palacio de Cristal, Graceful Anna, No Evidence Needed, Aloha, Jersey Lily, Montana Flyer and More Strawberries.

The other Group I on the card is the $400,000 Ranvet Stakes, run under weight-for-age conditions, over 2000 metres.

The Ranvet has attracted just seven runners with the field including the likes of Descarado, Maluckyday, Sacred Choice and Keep The Peace.

The two-year-old scene in Sydney swings into top gear with the running of the two major Golden Slipper lead-ups; the Group II Reisling Stakes (1200m) for the fillies and the Todman Stakes (1200m) for the colts and geldings.

While the size of the fields are small, they are chock full of quality with the Todman including the Blue Diamond winner Sepoy, undefeated colt Foxwedge and the Breeders Plate winner Smart Missile.

In the field for the Reisling Stakes is Silver Slipper winner Satin Shoes, talented filly Elite Falls, Gimcrack Stakes winner Defiant Dame and the promising Gai Waterhouse-trained Cape City Flyer.

Another feature race on the program is the Group II Canterbury Stakes (1300m) where gun mare More Joyous will clash against Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo.