Sydney Specials: Rosehill - Saturday, 26th November 2022

Back to town this week with Rosehill hosting the Festival Stakes. Big fields and open races are the order of the day.

Unfortunately last week our value play was scratched in Kallos, who was saved for this week and looks an interesting proposition again, of which there are a few on the card, none more so than Sunshine Rising in the G3 feature.

Beaten 2.5 lengths by Golden Sixty and 0.6 lengths by Win Bright in a Hong Kong Cup at his last two starts reads very well but nearly two years off the scene is enough to just bin the race.

Instead I'm going to take the easy way out and again side with Kallos in Race 9, the listed Starlight Stakes. I assume he was scratched last week due to a wide barrier but he draws perfectly in 5 here to trail a solid speed.

He was poor last start at Flemington in a hot race but ratings of 107 & 106 with Timeform prior read very well for this and his tactical speed is key. The favourite Dragonstone got back and charged late last week which he'll do again and means he's nearly always unders.

Najmaty makes some appeal- her runs in Queensland last time in have her more than capable of winning this. Dry ground is key for her but again, she will be spotting them a head start.

Kallos at 10-1 with an ideal map and a handy weight drop have me happy to side with him again.

Sticking to the end of the card and again taking the (somewhat) easy route in the last, siding with Short Shorts who won for us at double figures two starts back at double figures when leading all the way by 3.5 lengths.

She was sent around horrifically short at Newcastle off the back of that and missed the start, settling back and never looking likely. Happy to completely wipe that and now the market has swung her back out to an attractive price.

If she runs to her 100 rating that she did two back she'll likely win but even still, her form prior was rock solid and if she jumps and either leads or tucks into the 1-1 she'll give a great sight again, with the current favourite, Democracy Manifest, likely to be back near last for Waller & Jmac.


Bet of the day: Race 9 #5 Kallos at $11

Also backing: Race 10 #15 Short Shorts at $9

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