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2019 Missile Stakes - Alizee to star on her return

Rosehill Gardens hosts the Group Two Missile Stakes this Saturday and our expert Joshua Reed has delivered his selections for the afternoon.
Alizee
Alizee is the horse to beat in the Group Two Missile Stakes

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Rosehill Gardens gets the honour of hosting the first group race in Sydney for the new racing year with the Group Two Missile Stakes headlining the nine-race card.

The track is currently rated a Good 4 and should remain that way with little rain predicted. 

The rail is in the true position which in the past has favoured those on early in the card but becoming fair for all horses later in the day.

Rosehill Favourites

Race 4 No.4 Alizee - $1.50 at Beteasy

It does look a one-horse affair in the Group Two Missile Stakes.

With only five horses contending this event and the lack of talent that is there, this she a cakewalk for her. For three preparations now she has nailed a group one to her mantlepiece and I don’t see why this preparation is any different.

Hugh Bowman rode her in the impressive trials, and he sticks with her on race day. She has good first-up stats, loves the distance and gets a good track so she will be hard to beat. We're making Alizee our Missile Stakes best bet.

Race 2 No.5 Haut Brion Her - $1.65 at Ladbrokes

This mare has been nothing but stylish in her two starts this preparation as she chases a hat-trick of wins.

She has won both starts this preparation by over two lengths yet still has plenty of untapped ability.

Last start she beat home last start winner Misteed and Sir Elton with nothing but a high cruising speed and the hands and heels of Blake Shinn.

She will be too good for her rivals here and will leave Rosehill with a hat-trick of wins.

Rosehill Gardens Roughies

Race 3 No.14 Isadora Twinkle - $12.00 at Bet365

This mare should have been fighting out the finish last start if it wasn’t for some bad luck.

She was held up for a run from the 200m to the 100m and when she finally got clear air, she got hampered by another runner, therefore she wasn’t able to be fully tested.

She loved getting back onto a dry deck and prefers to be running over a mile or further which she gets here.

There is plenty of speed drawn inside her, so Kathy O’Hara should be able to find whatever spot she pleases in the run.

All she will need is clear air in the straight and she will be right in the finish.

Race 8 No.3 Prime Candidate - $9.00 at Beteasy

I love the way this race sets up for him.

After being drawn wide last start, he went forward in his usual manner and in the end went down by a length mainly due to his fitness.

With that run under his belt, he faces the same class of runners at the same distance with the same jockey. He has drawn ideally in barrier two which works out ideally for him to get to the lead with only his stablemate heading forward also. 

This does look a tough race on paper but because he can make his own luck in front, it makes him a perfect each-way play.

Rosehill Best Bet

Race 1 No.3 Wimlah

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have got this mare glowing and healthy which is showing in her races.

All three runs so far this preparation have been good even without winning.

She hit the line nicely in Saturday grade last start after having to sit at the back of the field due to her draw.

Her draw this start is better but still needs a bit of luck to get a nice run in transit. She is looking for the elusive Saturday Grade win and gets the best chance here coming back in class and carrying the same weight as last start.

She is the best horse in this race in my opinion, and with even luck will be hard to beat.

Rosehill Best Bet: Wimlah - $5.00 at Bet365

Rosehill Next Best Bet

Race 5 No.3 Athiri 

The Listed Rosebud Quality is the bridesmaid to the Main Event but has a classy field contesting it.

Plenty of pace is drawn inside her which is going to give her a lovely track into the race and with the pace being above average, she will relish it towards the race’s conclusion.

She was nothing but consistent in her first preparation, finishing no lower than fourth in six starts against very good quality gallopers.

She comes back to an easier class race to what she faced in her last start and meets top weight Anaheed 2kg better off. Kerrin McEvoy sticks with her which is a massive indication that she is ready to go, especially after her last trial leading in.

Rosehill Next Best Bet: Athiri - $4.80 at Ladbrokes

Rosehill Quaddie Numbers

Race 6: 2, 3, 7, 8
Race 7: 2, 6, 9, 11
Race 8: 1, 3, 7, 8
Race 9: 5, 8

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