2022 Golden Gift Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

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Thu 3rd November 2022


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The Golden Gift is an 1100m set weights race, strictly for two year olds, held at Rosehill Racecourse. The $1m juvenile feature is another relatively new addition to the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival calendar and precedes the Magic Millions, which once upon a time, was the first major two year old race of the season. Last year’s Golden Gift was taken out by Sejardan.

Looking at the market, Dabble has Exceed And Excel filly, Summer Loving, favourite at $4.40 ahead of Barber ($5.50) and Coincide ($5.50). Bjorn Baker’s debutant, Disneck, is also well in contention at $6.50 off the back of a solid trial win.

If you’ve been in, or followed, the racing game for any period of time, you’ll understand that two year old races are tough betting assignments at the best of times. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you and provided our horse racing tips! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2022 Golden Gift along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. Barber (16) – $5.50
Jockey – Hugh Bowman 56.5kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Followed up some decent barrier trial form with a good win on debut in the Kirkham Plate. He had a gun run in transit on that occasion and was good enough to take the gap at the furlong and put the race to bed. He faces a much tougher ask here from the outside gate but has race experience on his side and plenty of talent.

2. Coincide (13) – $5.50
Jockey – Tommy Berry 56.5kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Led them up, in typical Waterhouse/Bott fashion, on debut and was only run down late by Barber. Will more than likely adopt similar tactics here and should be improved by the run. Has to overcome a sticky gate but has the benefit of some race exposure and has to be respected.

3. Disneck (3) – $6.50
Jockey – Brock Ryan 56.5kg
Trainer – Bjorn Baker

Jumped well, sat behind the leader and was too strong late in a recent barrier trial at Randwick. Ran the fastest heat of the morning over the 740m which is a good sign and should enjoy a soft run from the good draw here. Looks hard to beat on debut.

4. Flying Trapeze (17) – $19
Jockey – Winona Costin 56.5kg
Trainer – Gary Portelli

Won a trial at Randwick before an ok debut in the Breeders Plate. Track was heavy on that occasion which may not have been suitable but he’s drawn the car park here and looks to have his work cut out yet again.

5. Gitalong (1) – $20
Jockey – Jay Ford 56.5kg
Trainer – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Sat outside the leader on debut and whacked away ok to finish 3L from the winner. Inside gate looks a tick and he gets blinkers on to spark him up here, but still looks very new to the game and may be worth following next preparation.

6. Kintyre (15) – $61
Jockey – Jason Collett 56.5kg
Trainer – Gary Portelli

Run off his legs first up in the Kirkham Plate over 1000m. Will appreciate the slight step up in trip here and should be improved by race experience. Looks to have plenty of natural ability and can run a much improved race here if he jumps away clean and can stay in touch early.

7. Mexico (6) – $20
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy 56.5kg
Trainer – Michael Freedman

Trialled well at Randwick before being sent south to debut at Moonee Valley, where he ran a good second behind Arkansaw Kid in testing conditions. Looks very push button and gets the benefit of a good gate. Will be in it for a long way.

8. Misty Legend (7) – $13
Jockey – William Pike 56.5kg
Trainer – Richard & Will Freedman

Given two solid hit outs at the barrier trials leading into this, the latest a big win at Randwick. Looks to have plenty of early toe and has come up with an ideal barrier for his debut. In the mix.

9. Razors (12) – $15
Jockey – Sam Clipperton 56.5kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Did plenty wrong on debut and did a spectacular job to be beaten less than 3L. Gets a set of winkers applied for his second run here and should take plenty of benefit from that first hitout. The step up to 1100m suits and if he can land a spot midfield from the gate, he’ll be hard to beat.

10. Speedster (9) – $126
Jockey – Qin Yong (a) 56.5kg
Trainer – Ian Finn

Did little in a Randwick barrier trial before being beaten out of sight at Warwick Farm on debut. This is no easier and he looks outclassed.

11. Charm Stone (14) – SCRATCHED
Jockey – N/A 54.5kg
Trainer – Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr


12. Infatuation (4) – $13
Jockey – Rachel King 54.5kg
Trainer – Bjorn Baker

Won a Gosford barrier trial before debuting at Randwick in the Kirkham Plate. He had no luck whatsoever in the straight on that occasion and did well to finish as close as he did. Should get a nice run from the good barrier here and shouldn’t be far away at the business end.

13. Line Of Law (11) – $21
Jockey – Dylan Gibbons (a) 54.5kg
Trainer – Bjorn Baker

Another filly from the Baker yard, this one on debut. Showed plenty of muster to sit outside the lead and win a recent Randwick barrier trial. She looks very new and has plenty of growing to do, and will need to use her early toe from the middle gate here if she’s to find a good spot. May be better suited in something easier for now.

14. Shine Your Light (2) – $15
Jockey – Reece Jones (a) 54.5kg
Trainer – Cassandra Stummer

Muswellbrook trained filly who ran a good race on debut in the Kirkham Plate. Her trial win prior to that was very good and she looks to have plenty of natural talent. Will land a good spot off the inside gate and can finish in the money again if the gaps appear at the right time.

15e. Summer Loving (8) – $4.40F
Jockey – Regan Bayliss 54.5kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Well bred filly who was dominant in a recent Rosehill barrier trial over 900m. She flew the gates there and put herself straight on the bunny, and showed a good turn of foot in the straight. Others have race experience which can play a big role in these races, but she’s from the right stable and will be fit and ready to go here. Can win.

16e. Maharba (5) – $18
Jockey – Tom Sherry 56.5kg
Trainer – David Payne

First starter who has looked good in two barrier trials here at Rosehill. He showed good early toe to lead both trials and ran a faster time than Summer Loving in the latest. Has the advantage of being trained on track and looks to be a natural, early running type, who can run a big race on debut from a good draw.

17e. Mojave Desert (10) – $31
Jockey – William Pike 56.5kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Closed off nicely in two recent barrier trials, the latest behind Maharba. Will get back and let the race unfold early and should be strong late. Might be a better horse in six months time but is capable of running ok here if he gains a start.

Final Word

A full field of well bred youngsters will greet the starter in this year’s $1m Golden Gift. A mix of raced stock and first starters are among the winning chances in what will make for a fascinating contest.

Going with one of Godolphins here, but not the one the market has honed in on. Thought Razors was brilliant on debut in the Kirkham Plate. He was slow into stride, saw plenty of backsides in the straight and still finished as strong as anything else to be beaten under three lengths. With natural improvement and a more economical run here, he can make amends and run a big race at good odds.

Was taken by the trial of Disneck from the Bjorn Baker yard. He sat outside the leader and let down well in the straight, running good time in comparison to the morning’s other heats. He should land a good spot from barrier three and take plenty of beating.

His stablemate, Infatuation, didn’t have a lot of clear air on debut. She did well to be beaten by only 2.6L in the Kirkham Plate on that occasion and looked good in a trial prior. Another who has drawn well and can improve second up here.

A couple at odds worth including are Kintyre and Shine Your Light. Both look to have plenty of natural ability and will be better suited up to 1100m here. No knock on Barber, Coincide or Summer Loving, but feel there is plenty of value around them.

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9. Razors – Each-way ($15/$4.60)

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*Odds correct at time of writing, courtesy of Dabble.

Tom has had a passion for the racing industry from the time he could talk. Wether it was at school, on smoko or in his own spare time, he always had his head in the form guide.He has worked hands on in the industry for years for some of Australia’s most highly regarded trainers. As a track rider, he has put the polish on some of the best horse flesh to grace the turf in recent years including the grey flash, Chautauqua, Golden slipper winner, Mossfun and sprinter-turned-sire, Deep Field to name a few.Tom has recently hung up the boots to focus solely on his punting and tipping services. With the objective of finding plenty of winners and value in the marketplace, you’ll be sure to have a fat wallet following his feature race previews.