BRITTANICUS - There is no shortage of early speed in the Certech 3YO Maiden Plate (1850m) which gives the John Thompson-trained Britannicus the chance to record a maiden win. The likes of Stone, Kaapfever and Whitney’s Star are expected to roll along which will give Brittanicus the chance to round up his rivals in the Newcastle straight. A three-year-son of Roman Emperor out of the Zabeel mare Miss Melliss, Brittanicus has been placed at his last three outings and will relish getting back to Newcastle after the tight Wyong track last start wasn’t in his favour. If the breeding sounds familiar, you are right, Brittanicus is the younger brother of Roman Son who is being touted as a Group horse and looks a great chance of winning his third race on the trot at Rosehill on Saturday.
HISTORY REPEATS - A likely soft lead and a step up in distance should see the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained History Repeats return to the winner’s list in the Pierlite Colourselect Benchmark 69 Handicap (1850m). Resuming in an unsuitable 1400m benchmark 72 handicap at Newcastle last start and being forced to work early, History Repeats was beaten at the 350m after leading and weakened out of the race. The only career win in 10 starts for History Repeats came third-up last preparation when the daughter of More Than Ready went from 1350m to 1800m at Hawkesbury and although second-up on Saturday it is worth noting the daughter of More Than Ready has trialled in the interim. Controlling the race unpressured out in front on Saturday, History Repeats will take plenty of running down.
HOME WIN - Counting on having a decent bank by the time the time the L&H Bucketlist Benchmark 60 Handicap (1500m) comes around to launch into the day’s best bet, the John Sargent-trained Home Win. Home Win is a Snitzel two-year-old colt taking on older horses but there was plenty to like about his maiden win at Newcastle on April 28. The speed ratings produced for the race held up well against the other two higher grade races over the journey on the day with the winner of those races, Organza and Nikkas ‘n’ A Twist both subsequent winners. Metamorphic finished runner-up to Home Win at Newcastle and confirmed the form winning by a big space over the Scone Cup Carnival whilst the fifth horse came out and won at Taree through the week adding further merit to the form. With still scope for improvement at his third career start and a confirmed form line, Home Win looks huge overs at $4.90 on Saturday.
MAGIC BY DESIGN - It is a Toowoomba meeting so the selection of at least one Ben Currie runner is inevitable. Magic By Design has had two runs since resuming, placing here and at Dalby, the latter in a benchmark 55 being meritorious as she came from a wide gate and was used up throughout but only just missed. She is better suited here in class one company on her home track and from an inside gate Nozi Tomizawa can have Magic By Design on the speed throughout. The 1100m is an ideal distance and the four-year-old mare by Master Of Design should be hard to run down.
ISIS MAGIC - The scratching of Spurcraft has opened this race up. Isis Magic disappointed at Dalby but has won eight of nine starts here including all five attempts at this distance. Ben Currie trained, from gate one and with a 2kg claim for Taylor Williams reducing the weight to a manageable 60kg I am not going to go against the speedy mare who should be too quick for these Benchmark 75 horses.