The long awaited Australian debut of Chris Waller’s champion import Bayrir could finally be here this Saturday with the stallion nominated for the 2013 Challenge Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.
The sole black type race running this weekend, the $100,000 Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) has drawn 15 early entries with nominations extended until 11:00am (AEST) on Tuesday.
Of the current nominees are three from the stables of premiership winning trainer Waller including the headline entry Bayrir.
A Grade 1 winner in the US having won last year’s Secretariat Stakes at Arlington, the Medicean four-year-old hasn’t raced wince their sixth to former Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) back in December.
Waller has been playing it safe with them since their arrival in his Sydney stables earlier in the year waiting for the right race for their maiden run down under.
Along with Bayrir, who will be ridden on Saturday by Nash Rawiller who is in line for his third Sydney jockey premiership win, Waller has also nominated for Whipper gelding Wazn and Coup Ay Tee.
Coup Ay Tee ran a crack race last start on July 20 when third to Under The Sun in the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) also run at Rosehill.
Gai Waterhouse’s Winter Stakes winner Under The Sun is also nominated to back up in the Winter Challenge on Saturday as they shoot for back-to-back black types.
The No Excuses Needed four-year-old (five by Saturday) has been in flying form this time in.
They won at Randwick three back before finishing second to Mic Mac in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) and then turned the tables in the Winter Stakes winning by three and a half lengths in an impressive effort.
Waterhouse could also be represented in the race by Al Maher six-year-old Kinnersley who was dead last in the Winter Stakes.
Other notable hopes then include Norm Hilton’s Winter Stakes fourth placegetter Bold Glance, the progressive Gerald Ryan-trained Excites three-year-old Red Excitement and the lightly-raced Prince Cheri.
David Vandyke’s Lando stallion Prince Cheri’s had just the three career starts to date for two wins and a second.
An imported French galloper their opening two runs were in France under Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mikel Delzangles before they came to Australia for a win on debut at Canterbury back in March.
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2013 Winter Challenge Nominations
Rosehill Gardens – 03/08/2013
|1||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller||103|
|2||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||98|
|3||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||92|
|4||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||95|
|5||FILL THE PAGE||David Vandyke||85|
|8||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||90|
|9||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||84|
|10||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||David Vandyke||80|
|11||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||74|
|12||STAR OF OCTAGONAL||Todd Howlett||96|
|14||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||100|
|15||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||94|