Wide barriers for Winter Stakes favourites

Three of the first four in the opening market for the $150,000, listed Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday have from barrier 12 out with $5.00 co-favourite’s Eckstein and Firsthand in 15 and 16 respectively and $7.00 marked Seaway (NZ) in 12. The fourth, Gaulois, has in contrast barrier one.

The Winter Stakes has a capacity field of 16 with Stampede the top-weight with 61kg under Hugh Bowman and another wide barrier at 14.

Godolphin’s Gaulois, the winner of the listed Civic Stakes over 1350m at the same course on June 29th, carries 55kg under Rachel King.

In the Civic Stakes the four-year-old Street Cry gelding was winning for the first time since July last year, over 1600m at Benchmark 92 level, and he was capably handled by King settling back in the field before commencing a run from ninth at the 400m to mow down the field.

Gaulois won with 53kg by a half-length over Firsthand, with 54.5kg, and New Tipperary, with 56.5kg. The increase in impost to 55kg seems well within his capability.

The Hawkes’ trained Firsthand, a six-year-old Star Witness gelding, goes to 55.5kg on Saturday for Tommy Berry. Firsthand has run three times this campaign for a third first up at Caulfield followed by a ninth at Flemington.

New Tipperary, trained by Joe Pride, was opening his latest campaign for the good first up third under the weight. He remains with 56.5kg under Tim Clark and barrier 7 and he is at $10.00 in the market.

The Winter Stakes is Race 7 at 3.10pm.

The nine race programme, with 122 overall acceptances, commences at 11.30am with a field of 11 two-year-old’s for the $125,000, Everest Carnival Handicap (1100m).

Godolphin’s Lanigera, who impressively won over 900m at Newcastle on June 29th, has 58kg under Blake Shinn with barrier six. At Newcastle Keagan Latham rode the Denman gelding hands and heels to win with 3 1/4L in hand and it will be interesting to see how Lanigera copes with a return to city company after the easy win.

The Waller stable have accepted with True Detective and Lucicello. True Detective, a colt by Shamus Award, won on debut over 1100m on a Good 4 track at Rosehill on February 27th and was then put away by the stable. He carries 58kg for Hugh Bowman with barrier four.

I Am Invincible filly Lucicello earned her maiden win on the Kensington track on June 26th. The filly won with 2 1/4L in hand over Roman Wolf and Royal Marine over 1150 on a Heavy 10 track. Glyn Schofield rides with 56kg and barrier seven.

The track is currently rated a Heavy 9 after 32.0mm of rain for the last seven days. The rail will be out 3m for the entire circuit.

Rosehill’s weather this week will be sunny with temperatures from 18c on Thursday to 19c on Friday. Saturday’s forecast is for a mostly sunny day with 7c – 15c.

Rosehill fields

Sunny winter weather for the Winter Stakes on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS