Rosehill 14 July 2018

Saturday’s Rosehill track played “fair”

The track-walkers thought it would be “down the outside”, especially late in the day; and the papers reported it was best “off the fence”. But I couldn’t be conclusive.

What I found interesting were the “last sectionals”. They were very fast.

I marked the going as “winter good” but the last 600ms times were much better than that, making “before the turn” worse than the good I’ve marked it. They broke 35s coming home in even of the nine races.

Stable change

I had a poor result on the mare Smart Amelia in race 4 who was having her first start for trainer Bjorn Baker.

Smart Amelia is a rising five-year-old, who after being trained by Snowden, Waller and James Cummings (three top trainers) has found her way to the Baker yard. After being very competitive in Group races at two and three, this mare went off the boil for a long period of time. Mares rarely come back.

Was she “sacked”?

It is of great credit to Bjorn Baker to get her going better than ever. He has found the key with Smart Amelia and despite her starting at almost double figure odds, I still lost on the race.


The Highway races in Sydney on Saturday’s seem a great idea, but they are usually poor betting races, as the punters don’t know the horses and they are poor class horses.

However race 2 at Rosehill was anything but a poor turnover race, with the eventual winner Roman Typhoon being the best backed runner all day. Plenty of fielders wanted to oppose her and she had keen backers. She was about $5 for most of the betting, but her supporters were too strong and the market collapsed and she started $3 (a 5/1 chance was scratched).

I had the money spent when the roughie Bon Allen kicked clear, Roman Typhoon was too strong.

Air conditioning

It what was a ‘run-of-the-mill’ Saturday at Rosehill, I have ended up with a nasty little head cold, and it wasn’t just because I had a few poor results. Yes, I am most certainly a certifiable “grumpy old man”, but I just can’t understand why in the middle of winter, when everyone is inside and all the punters and bookies are dressed in overcoats and scarfs, the race club insists on having the heat high at Rosehill.

Sure, the girls in little skirts and not much else would enjoy the heater blaring at full power, but I personally can’t stand places that are too hot! Most people who go to the races in the middle of winter dress appropriately; but on Saturday with the betting ring moved inside, coats, scarfs, jackets, jumpers, gloves, and any number of other essentials, were hanging on betting stands or rolled up under desks. Then come summer, the air conditioning is on at what feels like negative 15 degrees to combat the heat.

Put it down to my being a curmudgeon but please, let the seasons be the seasons. Could the ATC could single-handily solve Australia’s energy crisis… turn the heater down please!

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