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Rosehill Blackbookers - Saturday June 27

  • Alex Marsh has reviewed Rosehill Saturday program
  • A consistent filly in the opener was very honest in her first city appearance
  • The 2019 Brisbane Cup winner looks ready to win again
  • Is Kordia destined for bigger things following an outstanding return in the last?
Rosehill Blackbookers from 27.06.2020
Sixties Groove charged home behind Mckell Cup winner Frankely Awesome at Rosehill on Saturday. (Getty)
 
Race One

Cafe Royal (Third). Making her first city appearance was this filly from the Nathan Doyle stable in Newcastle following a return victory on her home track and she can be forgiven here despite the 3.3 length losing margin.

After winning her first three outings, she can count herself unlucky not to have made it four in a row in late February where the jockey eased up on her over the concluding stages and as a consequence lost narrowly to Game Of Thorns, who's been group competitive multiple times either side of that race.

With Vienna Rain showing strong intent early with the blinkers going on and the speedy Frosty Rocks crossing from a wide alley, Sam Clipperton had a nice trailing position on Cafe Royal, however, she did proceed to over-race when the brakes went on up front.

The first two home swooped from out wider and off the speed with Cafe Royal sticking to the task well in third and now with that seven furlong run under the belt, there's plenty of options around for a three-year-old filly with a rating of 73.

Race Six

Sixties Groove (Second). Banging on the door for another victory is the 2019 Brisbane Cup winner who admittedly isn't the easiest horse to place at this time of year but is building into this campaign superbly.

The Heavy tracks were seemingly his undoing since a sound return in the Scone Cup over a mile, however, the runner-up performance here behind a winner that he was spotting six kilos to, suggests he's not hopeless on this going (track was upgraded to a Soft 7 the race prior).

He recorded the fastest late splits of this event with an 11.49 last furlong being safely the quickest and was one of only two gallopers to break 34.50 for the last 600m of the McKell Cup (34.44)

Sixties Groove was able to strike in the Group Two Brisbane Cup last year on a fourth-up pattern, so although he could very end up on the road next start, he's tracking to do the same this time in.

Race Nine

Kordia (First). He did appear as the obvious on class to take out this last race of Saturday's Rosehill card, however, being first-up after more than 12 months off, the effort to produce straight away after such a lengthy spell was admirable.

A three-year-old son of Epaulette, his 34.06 last 600m was only bettered on the card by his stable mate's in Roheryn who flashed home to win the Benchmark 94 earlier on the program.

This gelding did culminate that first racing preparation with a listed victory over 1400 metres so with them seven and eight furlong trips eventually in mind, there's a lot of improvement to come with this gelding.

There's plenty of options for Godolphin and James Cummings over the winter to lift Kordia's rating and off this performance, he'll be awfully hard to beat in his next few benchmark appearances.
     

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