Sydney Specials: Rosehill - 3rd July 2021

Very deep program at Rosehill on Saturday with a host of leading chances across the 10 race card program.

Can't say I'm in love the concept of the Midway Handicaps but don't want to be too quick to judge, we've got a capacity field on Saturday and much like the Highways there should be spirited betting (though I'm unlikely to get involved).

SMART IMAGE winning the Sky Racing Active Hcp
SMART IMAGE winning the Sky Racing Active Hcp Picture: Racing and Sports

The Team Snowden trained Smart Image put the writing on the wall two back before taking a good step forward last start when second behind Shadow Crush.

A winner of three of his first four starts, he lost his way a touch before showing he was back on track last start.

Forced to go back from the wide draw he was a sectional star and looks well placed to go one better on Saturday.

A question mark on a genuine heavy track but if Team Snowden elect to run him that gives you enough confidence to side with him.

Suspect he can settle closer from the inside draw and with clear air he should prove hard to hold out.

STEEL DIAMOND winning the Alabama Express @ Yulong-Bm74
STEEL DIAMOND winning the Alabama Express @ Yulong-Bm74 Picture: Racing and Sports

Recent stable addition Steel Diamond only went down narrowly first up and looks well placed to also go one better on Saturday.

Set to line up in the final event, Steel Diamond will have no concerns with the wet track and a key booking with Nash aboard.

The official speedmaps have her landing in the 1X1 and from there she looks very hard to beat.

Favourite Expat won well last start and looks to lead again, however she is up 2.5kg and is also up in trip - two key negatives.

When assessing Timeform weight adjusted ratings Steel Diamond looks very well treated and if able to springboard off her first up run she should go very close.

Simon Dinopoulos' Tips:

Race 8 #2 Smart Image @ $4.40

Race 10 #9 Steel Diamond @ $5.00

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Simon Dinopoulos

Senior Handicapper

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

Under the tutelage of Gary Crispe and Adam Blencowe, Simon has quickly established himself as a respected member of the R&S ratings team, with a key focus on NSW, Western Australia and Singapore.

As a journalist he contributes stories for the R&S website, while also priding himself on being a part of the data management sector. Simon has helped establish and maintain Racing And Sports’ global database – the most comprehensive privately owned racing database in the world.

Simon can be heard on Sky Sports Radio - Racings HQ (Friday/Saturday mornings) giving his selections for the weekend's racing.