Trumbull (NZ) opens as Winter Stakes favourite

A field of 11 take their place for the $150,000, listed KIA Winter Stakes (1400m) as the feature of the Australian Turf Club’s meeting at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Kim Waugh trained Trumbull (NZ) opens at the TAB market favourite at $4.40 over Order Again, Sambro, Dealmaker and Noble Boy at $6.00.

Trumbull, a four-year-old Darci Brahma gelding, blitzed the field in the listed Civic Stakes over 1350m with 54kg under Tommy Berry on June 27th. On Saturday he carries 56.5kg under Berry and they have barrier eight.

Top-weight for the Winter Stakes is the Waterhouse and Bott trained Taikomochi with 58kg under Quayde Krogh and barrier one.

The Winter Stakes is Race 7 at 3.15pm.

The Rick Worthington trained three-year-old Steel Diamond was nominated for the Winter Stakes and accepted for the $125,000, Bowermans Commercial Furniture Bm74 Handicap (1500m), Race 4 at 1.20pm.

Steel Diamond won at Kembla Grange over 1200m on a Heavy 9 track on May 30th and then came to town to win over 1400m, again on a Heavy 9 track, at Rosehill on June 27th in a fillip for Worthington who is recovering from illness.

The meeting opens at 11.35am with a field of 10 two-year-old’s in the $125,000, Darley 2YO Handicap (1100m) with last start Rosehill winner, Matthew Dunn’s Lady Banff, the top-weight carrying 58kg under apprentice Louise Day. They have barrier nine.

Lady Banff who won over 1100m at Rosehill on June 13th. The Top Echelon filly has won three of her five starts and an improving track will suit her as although her Rosehill win was on a Heavy 9, her earlier victories were on Good 4 tracks at Doomben.

The track is currently rated a Soft 6 after 1.5mm of rain in the last 24 hours. The rail is out 5m for the entire circuit.

Rosehill fields

The rail is out 5m for the entire circuit on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS