There were 23 nominations received on Monday for the $1m, Group 1 WFA George Ryder Stakes (1500m) with 12 from the Waller stable including the world champion Winx.
Winx comes into the race, her last at Rosehill if she is retired after the Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 13th, off two wins, naturally in succession, in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes over 1400m on February 16th and the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes over 1600m on March 2nd, both at Randwick.
Should the Chris Waller trained seven-year-old Street Cry mare win the George Ryder Stakes it will take her prize money earnings to over $24 million. The mare has commenced as the $1.10 favourite with TAB.com.au.
The $700,000, Group 1 WFA Ranvet Stakes (2000m) received 20 nominations including the Sir Mark Todd trained He’s Eminent (IRE) who is duel nominated for the George Ryder Stakes.
The five-year-old Frankel entire last raced for fifth in the Group 3 Glorious Stakes over 2400m at the Glorious Goodwood meeting on August 3rd last year. His last win was in the Group 2 Prix Guillaume over 2000m at Deauville on August 15th, 2017, with a familiar name, Avilius (GB), third.
Godolphin have nominated Avilius to meet He’s Eminent again. Avilius comes off a 1 1/4L fifth in the Group 1 Australian Cup over 2000m at Flemington on March 9th.
21 nominations were received for the $700,000, Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) including the first three home in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes over 1000m at Randwick on March 9th, Ball Of Muscle, Redzel and Viridine.
The final field for the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) will announced on Tuesday morning. Acceptances for the rest of the nine race programme are on Wednesday.
The Rosehill track is currently rated a Heavy 10 after 34mm of rain over the last 24hrs and 133mm for the last seven days. More rain is forecast over the coming days. The rail will be out 3m for the entire circuit.
Winx and Kerrin McEvoy galloping between races at Rosehill on Saturday, picture Sportpix.com.au