Romantic Warrior is looking to end a long run of outs for Hong Kong trained gallopers in Australia when he lines up in Saturday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.
A total of 18 Hong Kong gallopers have lined up across 47 races in Australia with Cape Of Good Hope the only winner. He took out the Group 1 Australia Stakes in 2005 (now known as the William Reid).
Star hoop James McDonald will partner Romantic Warrior in the Saturday’s feature.
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RECENT TURNBULL STAKES HISTORY
Chris Waller has trained five of the last eight winners with only Lee Freedman saddling up more Turnbull Stakes winners in the history of the race
TRACKWALKER INFO FOR FLEMINGTON OCTOBER 7
“Small penalty for lanes 1 and 2 with the best ground appearing to be in lanes 3+. This should suit horses that can settle on pace and blend into the race three or more horses off the rail coming around the home turn”
WHO’S HOT AT FLEMINGTON?
Local trainer Mike Moroney has seven wins at Flemington over the past 12 months and some of them at big prices. If you wagered $100 on each of his 61 runners during this period then you’d be up $2600
Romantic Warrior during a trackwork session at Werribee. Credit: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
Race 9 No.1 ROMANTIC WARRIOR
Hong Kong’s star middle distance galloper that boasts a Timeform rating of 127, which is up there with the best of any horse to set foot on Aussie soil from abroad. Star jockey James McDonald has elected to ride him and if he brings his overseas ratings to this race, they simply won’t beat him
Race 5 No.3 I AM UNSTOPPABLE
Possesses a sharp sprint, which he typically leaves for late in his races. He’s clocked the best last 600, 400 and 200m of the meeting at two of his four runs to date. Was held up last start before charging to the line behind Arch Nacho and better luck here can see him turn the tables
Race 3 No.6 RIFF ROCKET
Ran fast time wining first-up at Kembla then not disgraced behind stablemate last start when posting one of the best last 200m splits for the day but clearly conceding too much start. Looks a Derby prospect [currently $51 there] and gets J Mac to steer here.
Meanwhile in Sydney, Rosehill hosts the $2mill Group 2 Hill Stakes [2000m] but the race of the day looks the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes [1200m].
The 3YO race boasts an honour roll featuring Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Buffering and Zoustyle. Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have won four of the last seven editions
TRACKWALKER INFO FOR ROSEHILL OCTOBER 7
Lane 1 a small penalty, better in lane 2 but lanes 3+ best. We are forecasting the best place in transit is one off the rail tagging runners into the race at least three wide around the bend
WHO’S HOT AT ROSEHILL?
Joe Pride has won 11 races at Rosehill over the past 12 months showing a +47% return on investment making him the most profitable stable at Rosehill of trainers with 10 wins or more during that time
Race 5 No.3 OZZMOSIS
Undefeated after three starts and his first-up win in the Listed Heritage Stakes [1100m] rated 4.7L faster than the class average. In addition to this, he clocked 10.76 between the 800 – 600m, only three horses went faster through that section all day and none of them were able to hold on and win. He can only improve off that with the biggest query being a tricky gate from this precarious start point
Race 4 No.7 XTRAVAGANT STAR [also in R1 Flemington]
Has gone to a new level since joining the Maher-Eustace camp ahead of this preparation. Her dynamic turn of foot is becoming her trademark. She clocked the fastest split of the day between the 600 – 400m first-up at Warwick Farm then on a day with top class sprinters going around her final 600m and 400m ranked 3rd for the day when running down her rivals at Rosehill last start.