John O’Shea’s last start Civic Stakes winner Generalife heads the early entries for the Winter Stakes 2014 running at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
There are just nine hopefuls currently in the mix for this year’s $100,000 Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) with Racing NSW extending nominations for the middle distance sprint until 11am on Tuesday.
Already the quality of the end-of-season showdown is looking good however with a trio of last start winners nominated including Generalife.
The in-form Lonhro four-year-old has won three of their past four starts including back-to-back Rosehill victories over the past month.
Most recently the gelding was seen running away with a two and a half length victory over the better fancied Bennetta in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) on July 5.
It was a lovely Winter Stakes lead-up from the Darley-owned galloper who has now had three runs for new trainer O’Shea.
The step up to 1400m on Saturday should then suit, their last look at the distance being on May 24 when half a length off Eigelstein in a Benchmark 90 where they over-raced.
Also shooting for their third consecutive win if accepted into Saturday’s Winter Stakes field is then the Jason Coyle-trained Scream Machine.
A rising six-year-old son of Excites, Scream Machine won over the track and distance on June 14 defeating Taxmeifyoucan by over a length before their Natski Handicap (1500m) success at Rosehill on June 28.
Sixth to Spirit Of Boom three back in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) the galloper has form around some of the best and was beaten under a length that day so has plenty of class.
The last of the horses coming off a win is then the James & Bart Cummings-trained Romantic Moon.
The More Than Ready filly, formerly with John O’Shea, has Group 3 winning form and is Group 1 performed but has been kept out of the black-type action this year.
They’ve been on the improve most recently posting their first win of 2014 over the 1500m here three weeks ago on Saturday when taking on her own kind on June 28 with Blake Shinn in the saddle.
Team Cummings have also nominated for The Peak, the Pendragon five-year-old coming off a fifth when defeated 4.9 lengths by Generalife in the Civic Stakes.
Also with multiple entries is then multiple Sydney premiership winning trainer Chris Waller with a dominating four hopefuls.
Waller has nominated for a quartet coming via unplaced runs in the Civic Stakes with Coup Ay Tee (6th), Hidden Kisses (7th), Tromso (7th) and Tougher Than Ever (9th) all out to improve on their last start from the start of the month.
Rounding out the current Winter Stakes nominations is then the Paul Perry-trained Wouldn’t It Be Nice who ran fourth over 1300m at Randwick last Saturday in a Benchmark 85.
See below for the latest Winter Stakes entries, the final field out on Wednesday.
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2014 Winter Stakes Nominations
Rosehill Racecourse – 19/07/2014
|1||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||100|
|3||HIDDEN KISSES||Chris Waller||95|
|4||ROMANTIC MOON||Bart & James Cummings||85|
|5||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||101|
|6||THE PEAK||Bart & James Cummings||94|
|7||TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ)||Chris Waller||95|
|9||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||79|