The Australian Turf Club received 182 nominations for the nine race meeting at Randwick on Saturday including 17 for the $125,000, 2YO Handicap (1200m) with the Waller stable’s six nominations including the impressive winner on debut, Funstar.
The Adelaide filly, the half-sister to Group 1 winner Youngstar, smashed the field over 1250m at Canterbury on June 5th winning with 3 1/4L in hand over a field that including more experienced three-year-old’s. The filly carried 52kg under apprentice Robbie Dolan.
Chris Waller was suitably pleased with the debut, which at the time was his 153rd Sydney winner of the season.
“It was an impressive win,” said Waller.
“She is by Adelaide and will get over more ground later but we do not need to talk about that at the moment. She has a really bright future and we will look after her and I will go home with a big smile on my face.
“We have a pretty good one,” he said.
Waller has since advanced his Sydney tally to 159 winners.
The other stable entries are Betcha Flying (Uncle Mo), Earth Song (Nicconi), Irish Angel (Not A Single Doubt) and True Detective (Shamus Award).
The feature of the meeting is the $125,000, Winter Dash (1200m) with 15 nominations received including two veteran Dubwai eight-year-old gelding’s with a liking for Heavy conditions.
Cranbourne’s Mick Bell produced Jungle Edge to score his 16th win at Sandown-Lakeside on Saturday with apprentice Michael Poy guiding the wet track specialist to the win with 58.5kg over Malibu Style with 56kg.
Jungle Edge has now won stakes of $1,369,810 from his 69 starts.
Ron Quinton has nominated Boss Lane after his fourth to Deprive in the listed June Stakes over 1100m on a Heavy 8 track. Boss Lane has won three from eight on Heavy tracks.
The Snowden’s I Thought So is back to defend his 2018 win in the Dash after resuming for an eighth in the June Stakes, 3 3/4L from Deprive. The five-year-old So You Think gelding performs well on Soft and Heavy tracks with his three wins in those conditions.
The Course Proper is rated a Heavy 9 on Monday after 21mm of rain in the last 24 hours and 62mm over the last seven days. The area experienced further rain on Monday. The rail will be out 6m for the entire circuit.
Sydney’s weather this week is partly cloudy after Monday’s rain stops with 17c for Wednesday and Thursday with rain forecast to return for Friday and Saturday. Falls of 5mm to 20mm are forecast for Friday and 6mm to 15mm for Saturday with temperatures of 16c.
The rail will be out 6m for the entire circuit on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS