This Saturday at Rosehill Gardens the first stakes race of the new season is set to run and it is the Chris Waller-trained Aussie debutant Bayrir who the punters are coming for in the Winter Challenge 2013 odds.
Occupying the second line of betting for the $100,000 Listed Winter Challenge (1500m), due to run as Rosehill Race 6 at 3:30pm (AEST), former French galloper Bayrir runs for Waller for the first time after joining his Sydney operation earlier in the year.
An elite level winner in the USA having won last August’s Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes (2011m) the Medicean stallion has form around the best.
A runner in the Group 1 Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe (2400m) last year, where a Heavy track and wide gate hampered their chances, Bayrir was last seen running a close sixth to 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) in December.
While they have the class for much better races than their first-up assignment, Waller won’t rush the progress of the four-year-old and could keep them to the lower grades this spring before stepping them up in next year’s Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
“I’m sure he will get to the level we want him to but whether that is in the spring or the autumn I don’t know,” Waller told AAP this week.
“He’s been with us for a while and we have given him plenty of time but he might be one of those horses who might be a next-preparation horse.
“Against that he did a good job as a three-year-old around the world which is always a good test. He wasn’t sheltered in his own backyard.
“He’s a tidy, compact horse.
“I’d say he’s a Danehill-type which is quite good because it will help him in the shorter distances. It should give him a bit of speed.”
The punters are confident they’ll kick off their new career down under with a win, Bayrir backed in from $4.80 to $4.40 even with the 59kg top weight to overcome.
Gai Waterhouse’s last start Winter Stakes winner Under The Sun remains the $3.30 favourite, untouched and unchanged over the past couple of days.
Aside from the rails-drawn Bayrir there’s not been a tickle of Winter Challenge money come in for any other runner.
Odds on the rest of the major players have all eased out including those for another French expat Less Is More ($5.50 to $6) last seen finishing mid-field in the Brisbane Cup, Waller’s Winter Stakes third placegetter Coup Ay Tee ($6 to $6.50) and the Norm Hilton-trained Bold Glance ($8 to $8.50).
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view our insider Winter Challenge 2013 tips to be published shortly.
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2013 Winter Challenge Odds Update
Rosehill Race 6 – 3:30pm (AEST) – 03/08/2013
#1 Bayrir (1) – $4.80 into $4.40
#2 Under The Sun (2) – Steady at $3.30
#3 Kinnersley (7) – $26 out to $31
#4 Bold Glance (6) – $8 out to $8.50
#5 Ironstein (4) – Steady at $26
#6 Darci Be Good (8) – Steady at $21
#7 Wazn (10) – Steady at $13
#8 Coup Ay Tee (3) – $6 out to $6.50
#9 Less Is More (9) – $5.50 out to $6
#10 Pretty Pins (5) – $15 out to $16
*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change