The Chris Waller trained Eckstein has been nominated for a further race to extend her black type pedigree before heading to Coolmore’s paddocks for a breeding career with the stable nominating the I Am Invincible five-year-old mare for the $150,000, listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Coolmore and associates purchased the mare for their breeding programme and then sent her to Waller for a final preparation. A win in the listed Winter Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill on July 13th was the result, adding to her previous two stakes wins, her two Group 3 wins and a Group 1 placing.
The result of the Winter Stakes was a close affair with Godolphin’s Gaulois second and Gary Portelli’s Nicci’s Gold third, just a neck from the winner. All three are nominated for a re-run.
Eckstein carried 57.5kg under Blake Shinn while the in-form Gaulois carried 55kg under Rachel King and Nicci’s Gold 53kg under apprentice Robbie Dolan.
Godolphin have also nominated the consistent Duca Valentinois (IRE) after the seven-year-old’s latest win in the listed GH Mumm Stakes over 1820m at Eagle Farm on June 22nd. That win, his eighth from 47 starts along with 11 placings took his stakes to $703,244.
The Cranbourne stable of Busuttin and Young have nominated the last start Rosehill winner Curragh (NZ). The six-year-old Tavistock gelding took out the Benchmark 78 over 1500m on the Heavy 8 track on July 13th.
It is unlikely that Curragh will face a similar track on Saturday with fine weather forecast all week for the Rosehill area. The track is rated a Soft 5 on Monday with the rail to be out 6m for the entire circuit.
Temperatures will be from 22c on Tuesday through to 18c on Friday. Saturday’s forecast is for a partly cloudy day with 5c – 19c.
Eckstein and Hong Kong bound Blake Shinn winning the listed Winter Stakes (1400m), picture Sportpix.com.au