This Saturday the Sydney winter racing action continues at Rosehill Gardens with the running of the Winter Stakes 2013 where last-start Civic Stakes champ Mic Mac heads the nominations.
There are officially 17 early entries for this year’s $100,000 Listed Winter Stakes (1400m), the top-rated of which is Paul Messara’s Scone-based sprinter Mic Mac.
The veteran Statue Of Liberty seven-year-old hasn’t done much racing over the past few years with injuries and other setbacks seeing them spend over two and a half months sidelined.
This time in however they have had all the luck with two good runs at their most recent outings.
Second-up they were a competitive fourth to She’s Clean when carrying a hefty 60kg in the Listed June Stakes (1200m) before their one length win over Under The Sun in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill on July 6.
This weekend they’re set to return to Rosehill when stepping up to 1400m for the first time in three years for the Winter Stakes.
The last time they saw the distance was during the 2010 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival when a devastatingly close third, beaten under half a length, by Black Piranha in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
While they’re likely to be hit with another big top-weight on Saturday Mic Mac still looks one of the major chances.
Also coming via the Civic Stakes at the start of the month is the Gai Waterhouse-trained runner-up Under The Sun.
The No Excuse Needed four-year-old, who started their career two years ago in New Zealand with Roger James, was a Randwick winner over the 1400m on June 8 before their Civic Stakes second and should be right up there in the finish again on Saturday should they accept.
Waterhouse is well represented in the Winter Stakes nominations too with her other hopes being hit-and-miss stayer Kinnersley and multiple Group performer Kontiki Park.
The next best rated Winter Stakes nominee after Mic Mac then comes from the premier Sydney stables of Chris Waller who will start his French import Bayrir down under for the first time.
A Medicean stallion, Bayrir hasn’t raced since their sixth to Red Cadeaux in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) last December with Waller keen to see how the US Grade 1 winner (2012 Secretariat Stakes) goes in Australia.
Waller has also nominated for New Zealand expat Coup Ay Tee and stakes winning six-year-old Wazn.
Along with Mic Mac there is one other last start winner in the mix with the Peter Snowden-trained Knoydart.
A young More Than Ready colt Knoydart will be back in black type company for the first time since the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) back in February, where they finished just two lengths away fourth to Mulaazem, after winning at the track over 1300m at the start of the month in the mud.
Among the other more notable Winter Stakes entries are then Norm Hilton’s Sequalo seven-year-old Bold Glance, 2011 SA Derby winner Shadows In The Sun and the Joe Pride-trained See The World looking to improve on their Civic Stakes seventh.
See below for the full list of nominees with the 2013 Winter Stakes final field and barriers to be released on Wednesday.
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2013 Winter Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 20/07/2013
|1||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller||103|
|2||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||99|
|3||CLASSIC ELLE||Joseph Pride||71|
|4||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||91|
|5||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||95|
|8||KONTIKI PARK (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||100|
|9||MIC MAC||Paul Messara||106|
|10||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||84|
|11||PRINCE OF CAPERS||Tony McEvoy||92|
|12||SEE THE WORLD||Joseph Pride||101|
|13||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings||96|
|14||STAR OF OCTAGONAL||Todd Howlett||97|
|15||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||94|
|16||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||94|