Tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens is all over bar the shouting if Plague Stone runs up to his short quote. A winter in the paddock can do marvellous things for young horses, and there are quite a few runners with serious formlines making their returns in this race that could prove a real handful. Outrageous is among the top ten in Caulfield Guineas calculations, and where there's smoke there's normally fire. Gr1-placed in the Sires Produce at long odds, he was less than 3-lengths behind Seabrook in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes. Sandbar obviously warrants respect after being beaten only 4-lengths in the Golden Slipper and a neck by Written By in the Pago Pago. Legend of Condor charged to the line in his trial earlier this week, and the Sun Stud-owned colt is another with solid form around high class juveniles. One can also make a strong case for recent Wyong maiden winner Oxford Tycoon who was only a length off winning both the Lonhro Stakes and Skyline Stakes from his only two prior runs.
At Royal Randwick on day one of The Championships, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Paquirri (I Am Invincible-Miss Solis, by Oratorio) showed a smart turn of foot to draw clear for a comfortable win in the $200,000 Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, defeating Legend Of Condor & Lean Mean Machine. From the Listed Belgravia Stakes & Supremacy Stakes winner Miss Solis, Paquirri was a $265,000 purchase by his trainer Gary Moore at the 2017 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Dawson Stud. He improved his record to 1 win and 3 placings from 5 starts for $139,700 in earnings.
At Randwick in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a group race success when 2YO colt Santos (I Am Invincible-Ghaliah, by Secret Savings) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $200,000 Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating fellow colts Spin & Legend Of Condor. After peeling off the back of front-runner Zousain at the top of the straight, odds-on pop Santos make laboured to hit the front before standing tall to just get the job done at the line. A $180,00 yearling consigned by Emirates Park at the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale, Santos improved his record, by winning his first stakes race, to 2 wins & a placing (in the Listed Breeders Plate on debut) from 4 starts for $240,100 earnings. Santos eased marginally to double figures in Golden Slipper betting after the crowded finish was inconclusive.