Winter Stakes the Rosehill feature on Saturday

The Rosehill feature on Saturday is the $150,000, listed Winter Stakes (1400m) with 17 nominations received on Monday and 161 overall for the nine race programme with three races having nominations extended.

The Rick Worthington trained three-year-old Steel Diamond is nominated for the Winter Stakes as a further step up for the Star Witness filly after two wins in succession. 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.

Steel Diamond has competed in black type company before running third on debut in the 2019 listed Lonhro Plate over 1100m on her home track on a Heavy 8. She subsequently competed in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes over 1200m without success with the track a Good 4.

The chances of a Heavy track on Saturday are remote with no rain forecast for the week and temperatures to 19c each day. Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with 7c to 18c. The track is currently rated a Soft 6 and the rail will be out 5m for the entire circuit.

Another last start Rosehill winner nominated for Saturday is Matthew Dunn’s rising three-year-old Lady Banff who won over 1100m on June 13. 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.

There were 14 nominations for the $125,000 2YO Handicap (1100m) with nominations extended, as they are for the F & M Benchmark 78 (1100m) with 14 nominations and the 3YO Benchmark 74 (1500m) with 14 nominations.

Rosehill nominations

Fine weather all week for Rosehill, picture ThoroughbredNEWS