The Rosehill meeting on Saturday received 187 nominations on Monday with 19 for the feature $150,000, Listed Civic Stakes (1350m), 12 for the $125,000 Kensei Handicap (2000m) and 14 for the $125,000, Stayer’s Cup (3200m), with all three having nominations open until Tuesday.
The Waller stable won the Civic Stakes last year with Liapari (NZ) and this year they have three nominations to attempt to repeat the success, New Universe (NZ), Seaway (NZ) and Sir Bacchus.
New Universe has had four starts this campaign with two opening fourths and two subsequent thirds. The five-year-old Darci Brahma gelding was fourth first up in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup over 1600m in April and fourth again in the listed Scone Cup over 1600m in May.
Then he was third in the Octagonal Handicap over 1400m with 54.5kg and third again in the Racing To Win Handicap over 1600m with 54.5kg, both at Randwick with the latter on a Heavy 8 track. In both he was a long way off the leaders at the 400m, 12th and 10th respectively, to close rapidly over the final stages.
Four-year-old Seaway is resuming after two wins over the summers followed by two unsuccessful runs. Sir Baccus, nearly approaching the veteran status rising seven, opened his latest campaign with a seventh in the Benchmark 94 over 1300m at Rosehill on June 15th. He has rewarded his owners with eight wins from 34 starts earning stakes of $556,000.
The stable have nominated the in-form So You Win for the Kensei Handicap with the four-year-old So You Think gelding coming off two wins in succession. The last in the Benchmark 88 over 1800m at Rosehill on the 15th with 58.5kg. Alward (IRE) and Articus (FR) are also nominated.
Joe Pride has nominated his proper veteran, Destiny’s Kiss, after the ten-year-old won the listed Winter Cup over 1400m on the 15th. This was the second time he has won the race with the first in 2013. Destiny’s Kiss has also been nominated for the Stayer’s Cup.
The track is currently rated a Heavy 8 after 20.5mm of rain over the last 24 hours and 33mm for the last seven days. The rail will be in the True position for the entire circuit.
Rosehill’s weather is forecast to be partly cloudy for the week with the chance of showers with up to 5mm and 3mm respectively on Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will be 18c through to Friday and Saturday with 19c forecast. Saturday’s forecast is for a mostly sunny day and 7c – 19c.
So You Win (inside), picture Stevehart.com.au