Capacity field for Winter Stakes

Sydney’s winter monsoon has delivered 212mm of rain to Randwick over the last seven days and not surprisingly the Course Proper is rated a Heavy 10 for the ten race programme on Saturday with 180 acceptances on Wednesday. There is a capacity field of 13 for the $160,000, Listed Furphy Winter Stakes (1400m).

Warwick Farm’s Joe Pride has accepted with the Listed Civic Stakes winner Taksu for the Winter Stakes with second placed Oscar Zulu also accepted for a rematch.

They have contrasting barrier draws with three for Taksu and 15 (13 with the two emergencies out) for Oscar Zulu, however, on Saturday they will meet at the level weight of 57kg.

Taksu, a six-year-old Equiano gelding, with 54.5kg was perfectly rated by Glyn Schofield for the Civic Stakes, leading for the trip and having a 1/4L on Oscar Zulu at the line. Schofield is up again going for the second black type win in succession.

The Chris Waller trained Oscar Zulu, a four-year-old Epaulette gelding, carried 56kg under Josh Parr and came late from 11th at the 400m for the second placing.  Hugh Bowman rides on Saturday.

The track was a Good 4 for the Civic Stakes meeting. Taksu has four wins from nine starts on Heavy track and Oscar Zulu two wins from four starts.

Randwick’s John Thompson is seeking a third win in succession at his home track for Jojo Was A Man. On June 25th Jojo Was A Man carried 58.5kg under apprentice Reece Jones in the Benchmark 78 over 1400m to win a 1/4L in hand. On Saturday he drops to 53kg with barrier six for Jones with a record of one win on a Heavy track from three starts..

The four-year-old Al Mahar gelding, out of the Reset mare Jo Jo Girl and carrying the red silks with white cap of the Tait’s, has been carefully worked through the grades by Thompson. In his last four starts he was won three, the last two at Randwick.

The Winter Stakes is Race 8 at 3.15pm.

The programme commences at 11.00am with a field of 13 two-year-old’s for the $150,000, Home Affairs At Coolmore Handicap (1100m).

The rail will be out 9m for the entire circuit.

Sydney’s weather into the weekend has the rain weather pattern partially moving away with showers on Thursday with 2mm to 6mm possible and 18c, a partly cloudy day on Friday with no showers and 17c and a partly cloudy day with showers and 6mm possible and 8c to 17c.

Randwick fields

Heavy conditions for Saturday, picture