Gai Waterhouse’s in-form four-year-old Under The Sun has opened favourite to win their maiden black type trophy in the Winter Stakes 2013 at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
Of the capacity field of gallopers making up the field for this year’s $100,000 Inghams Love’ Em Winter Stakes (1400m) it is No Excuse Needed gelding Under The Sun topping the bookmaker.com.au odds at a quote of $4.
Originally hailing from and trained in New Zealand the up-and-comer enjoyed a win over this distance at Randwick two back before their brave last start second to Mic Mac in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill on July 6.
For the Winter Stakes Under The Sun toes up from 54kg to 54.5kg and will be ridden by Thomas Huet from a gun barrier two draw.
There is a chance they will face off against their last start conqueror again too with the Paul Messara-trained Mic Mac accepted for but far from a certainty in the race.
The veteran seven-year-old broke a four year drought with their surprise Civic Stakes victory last start when carrying 59kg but Messara is yet to be convinced they can go back-to-back especially after being handed 60.5kg for the Winter Stakes.
Messara will take until Friday to make a final decision of whether to run or scratch the rails-drawn son of Statue Of Liberty who is the current $4.80 second pick to win.
“Realistically it’s just too much weight,” Messara said.
“He’ll get beaten two lengths and they’ll say he had the right weight, but I think it’s just too much.
“I want to have a closer look at the field and see how the track comes up.
“The weather forecast here for Friday is not good. If it comes up Heavy on Friday we’ll make the call then and take him out.
“I don’t want to run him on a heavy track with 60.5kgs, that can’t do the horse any good and he probably couldn’t win.”
There are two other runners under double figures in the latest Winter Stakes odds meanwhile with Bold Glance and Coup Ay Tee both paying $8.
Norm Hilton’s Sequalo seven-year-old Bold Glance (57kg) is in gate six with Nash Rawiller to ride as they come off a good third in the Natski Handicap (1500m) in the wet here at the start of the month.
Coup Ay Tee (54kg) meanwhile is one of two chances for ace Sydney trainer Chris Waller, the Danske gelding looking to bounce back after failing to let down on the Heavy (9) track for the Natski when finishing 10th.
Occupying the fourth line of Winter Stakes betting at $11 are then the Joe Pride-trained See The World coming off a seventh in the Civic Stakes and Kontiki Park who is one of three chances for Gai Waterhouse.
Other notable hopes in the wide open market then include Prince Of Capers ($13), the resuming Darci Be Good ($15), Wazn ($15) and the emergency Pretty Pins ($15).
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2013 Winter Stakes Odds
Rosehill Race 6 – 3:20pm (AEST) – 20/07/2013
|1||MIC MAC (1)||4.80|
|3||SEE THE WORLD (5)||11.00|
|4||KONTIKI PARK (7)||11.00|
|5||BOLD GLANCE (6)||8.00|
|6||STAR OF OCTAGONAL (3)||61.00|
|7||SHADOWS IN THE SUN (11)||26.00|
|8||DARCI BE GOOD (12)||15.00|
|9||UNDER THE SUN (2)||4.00|
|11||PRINCE OF CAPERS (8)||13.00|
|12||COUP AY TEE (13)||8.00|
|13e||PRETTY PINS (9)||15.00|