The Australian Turf Club received the good number of 153 nominations on Monday for its Winter Stakes meeting at Rosehill on Saturday with 20 for the $150,000, listed feature over 1400m. Only the $100,000, 2YO Handicap (1400m), with eight nominations, has nominations extended until Tuesday.
The Winter Stakes may be a reprise of the listed Civic Stakes over 1350m at the same course on June 30th with the first three home, Liapari (NZ), Dreamforce and Flow, nominated.
The Chris Waller trained Liapari flashed home in the Civic Stakes with 53kg under Jay Ford to overrun John Thompson’s Dreamforce with 56.5kg right on the line. Flow, with 53kg, was 1 3/4L away in third.
The win was the first for Liapari, who was resuming for a new campaign, since this time last year. The Nom Du Jeu gelding is heading towards longer distances and the additional 50m on Saturday might even be a touch short after his opening salvo.
Victoria’s Patrick Payne has nominated two for the feature, both last start winners. Chamois Road won over 1400m at Flemington on June 23rd and Widgee Turf over 1200m at Moonee Valley on June 16th.
The track is rated a Soft 5 on Monday with the rail out 6m for Saturday.
Rosehill’s weather this week is for uniformly temperatures of 17c to 18c and only Thursday forecast to have showers. A high (70%) chance is predicted with 2mm-5mm. Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with 6c – 18c.
Rosehill track a Soft 5 on Monday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS