Sydney Specials: Rosehill – 15th January 2022

All the main focus and action will be on at the Gold Coast this weekend however it looks a decent support card at Rosehill on Saturday.

The John O'Shea trained Blesk has been painful for his supporters this time in though he is worth sticking with in the sixth event.

Trainer : JOHN O'SHEA saddles up Blesk on Saturday
Trainer : JOHN O'SHEA saddles up Blesk on Saturday Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

A sectional star all the way through, his get back racing pattern has proven costly though this race sets up well with Caesars Palace, For Valour and Loveplanet all rolling forward.

The smaller field also plays into his hands as even if he does get back he won't be spotting the leaders as big a start as he has been in recent starts.

Loses Bowman which is an obvious knock, however with the aid of Sherry's claim he appears well placed.

Blesk should appreciate the slight step up in trip and with even luck expect him to get home over the top.

Jockey : KATHY O'HARA legs aboard Sword Point on Saturday
Jockey : KATHY O'HARA legs aboard Sword Point on Saturday Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

The Chris Waller trained Sword Point simply should have won at Warwick Farm last start and appears well placed down in the weights in the fifth event.

An impressive winner at Canterbury two back, I'm sure McDonald would want his time over again when beaten at the short quote last start.

By American Pharoah he is sure to appreciate the step up to 2000m and while up in grade he rates top off his last start.

Kathy O'Hara takes over and is expected to settle closer from the inside draw.

Stablemate Niffler is the early favourite however I do expect that market to flip come Saturday.

Both similar in their progression this time in, however Sword Point looks to have more to offer whereas Niffler looks to have levelled out.

Is on the quick back up and gets in well after Schiller's claim so not being completely dismissive, however I am more than happy to mark Sword Point favourite.

Simon Dinopoulos' Tips:

Race 5 #8 Sword Point @ $2.80
Race 6 #3 Blesk @ $4.00


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Simon Dinopoulos

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Sydney-born Simon Dinopoulos joined Racing and Sports' as a form analyst in 2012.

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