Matt Dale Looking To Boost Rosehill Record
Canberra trainer Matt Dale has an exceptional strike rate at Rosehill and he returns on Saturday with three runners.
Dale will line up former Kiwi mare Kaleidoscope in Race 1 and the progressive Hermosa Beach in Race 2.
In Race 8 he is represented by Karakuchi but he says she probably won’t start if the track deteriorates.
This racing season Dale has had eight runners at Rosehill for five winners — a strike rate of 63%.
Further, if you had backed all of them you would have recorded a profit-on-turnover of 461%.
Dale says Hermosa Beach hasn’t missed a beat since his impressive last-start TAB Highway Handicap victory on a slow track at Randwick.
“She will handle all conditions and ticks over nicely into this race.
“Under the race conditions a few horses meet her much better at the weights compared to last time.
“That’s against her, but at the same time she is a progressive mare in form and her last two runs at 1400m have been strong.”
Kaleidoscope took out a Rosehill BM 89 at just her third start for Dale beating Got The Goss among others.
She then finished down the track in the Group 3 Belle Of The Turf at Gosford at long odds.
“We thought she’d run very well when she won at Rosehill and she gets a similar scenario tomorrow.
“She gets right down in the weights with the claim and it looks to be run at a genuine tempo —though admittedly the favourite looks very hard to beat.
“Her run last time at Gosford was disappointing on face value, but she did get dictated to and lost her momentum on the turn.
"But back to a track that she is won at, I think she is a sneaky hope.
“She handled a soft track in NZ but probably wouldn’t want it worse than a slow 7.”
Karakuchi did not appreciate the chop in the track last time at Randwick,” Dale says.
“Albeit she has won a couple of time at Canberra on slow going, but her Sydney runs in the wet have been below par.
“She needs to get back on the dry and because she missed the run at the Gold Coast she is a month between starts which isn’t ideal.
“She is in good order all the same, but I probably won’t run her if the track is worse than 5.”
Dale is philosophical about his success this season at Rosehill.
“Years ago I used to think Rosehill was a bit of a hoodoo track for me … but we place our horses where we think they can win … and it’s just the way it goes.”