A highly talented field of 17 has been confirmed to line up for the featured Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend, offering punters several generous opportunities to place a winning bet.
Returning to the track in sensational form this preparation, classy colt Dissident has firmed from an opening quote of nearly $7 to currently register as equal $5 favourite with New Zealand raider Puccini in betting markets for the 2014 Rosehill Guineas, ahead of Shamus Award ($6.50), Teronado ($8), Savvy Nature and Atlante; sharing the fourth line of betting at incredible $15 odds.
Will dissident continue his incredible run of form in 2014 in the Rosehill Guineas, or will Puccini score a first-up win in Australia?
Shamus Award ($6.50)
Closing a memorable 2013 spring preparation with a resounding win in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), Shamus Award has returned to the track in similarly impressive form this season, following up a strong run for third in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) first-up with an incredible start to finish performance to take out the 2014 Australian Guineas (1600m) on march 1st, before fading late to finish sixth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) only one week later. Having drawn the ideal barrier 1 for the Rosehill Guineas, trainer Danny O’Brien is confident of overcoming New Zealand’s best in Puccini, as well as a talented field of Australian runners this weekend.
Thunder Fantasy ($16)
Thunder Fantasy has experienced something of a meteoric rise to prominence since debut on course in the autumn of 2013, building towards and impressive third in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) ON November 2nd most notably. Returning to the track in 2014 in near-career best form, the exciting Lucky Owners colt strolled home to claim the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) by nearly two lengths first-up, before producing a memorable turn of foot to finish a strong third in the Australian Guineas. Losing a plate in the final straight of the Australian Cup last time out, trainer Anthony Cummings is confident of another clean run for Thunder Fantasy this weekend, who offers punters fantastic value at $16 odds ($4.80 for a place).
Amassing three wins and four places from 14 starts to date, Criterion has returned to the track in competitive form; finishing fourth in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stales (1400m) first-up before finishing a closing second to Shamus Award in the Australian Guineas most notably. Despite drawing the somewhat awkward barrier 14 for the Rosehill Guineas, trainer David Payne is confident the class of held but the talented Sebring colt will go a long way this weekend, particularly on what is likely to be a particularly wet track.
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