Last start winner Gold Symphony heads a capacity field of 13 plus two emergencies for the $150,000, listed, ATC Winter Stakes (1400m) to be run on the Sydney metropolitan program at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden at Randwick for a Triple Crown Syndication of owners, Gold Symphony scored an authoritative victory in the listed Civic Stakes over 1350m when last seen in action at Rosehill on July 1st. The rising five-year-old Reward For Effort gelding produced a brilliant finishing burst from well back in a 13-horse field to score by half-a-length.
Significantly, Gold Symphony is set to carry an extra 2.5kgs at 59kg under Hugh Bowman on the strength of the victory. They have barrier 12 as well.
The Winter Stakes field also features the name of Burning Passion, winner of his past two starts in Brisbane during a Queensland Winter Carnival campaign under the guidance of James Cummings.
The Group winning sprinter has since been transferred to Mark Newnham following the recruitment of Cummings as head-trainer of the Godolphin team and is on course to make his debut for the burgeoning Randwick stable. Josh Parr rides with 57.5kg and barrier eight.
The Winter Stakes is Race 7 at 3.10pm.
The nine race programme commences at 11.30am with the $100,000, #Theraces Handicap (1400m) for two-year-olds. The eight horse field includes Siege of Quebec, a winner of his only start to date.
He is a $1.2 million yearling purchase trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for a group of owners that include Coolmore, Emirates Park and Sir Patrick & Lady Justine Hogan of Cambridge Stud fame.
A son of Fastnet Rock produced by a full-sister to the dam of $7 million earner Criterion, Siege of Quebec won a 1250m maiden event on the Beaumont circuit at Newcastle on debut. Tommy Berry rides with 55.5kg from barrier four.
The track is rated a Good 4 at acceptance time with the rail out 6.5m for the entire circuit.
Sydney’s weather heading into the weekend is for partly cloudy days with 18c on Thursday, 20c on Friday and 9c – 17c on Saturday.