Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller has confirmed plans to scratch one of his four 2015 Winter Stakes hopes from the feature race at Rosehill this weekend with returning import Instrumentalist to run in Melbourne instead.
Waller officially has four chances accepted in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Sydney Markets Limited Winter Stakes (1400m) field at Rosehill Gardens but his contingent will be cut to three according to the master horseman.
Drawn wide in gate 10, Amadeus Wolf six-year-old Instrumentalist hasn’t raced since winning the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) back on February 12 and will kick-off his latest campaign in the $80,000 Bruce Gadsden Handicap (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.
There he is allocated the 60kg top weight but will come down with the apprentice claim of Damien Thornton who is booked to ride the galloper from barrier one.
Waller wants to spread out his winter season runners across the country this weekend and so has scratched fellow Irish-bred import Diametric from the same Flemington race in favour of Sydney’s Winter Stakes.
“I wanted to split them up. Instrumentalist has drawn well down there and Diametric drew wide down there,” Waller told AAP.
Dansili six-year-old Diametric now makes up three hopes in the Black-Type for the stable and is out to atone for a second last when 11th first-up behind Godolphin’s Haussmann in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) run at Rosehill on a Heavy (8) on July 4 where the mud track worked against him.
Early Winter Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Civic Stakes runner-up Two Blue ($4.60) while the horse that narrowly beat her home Haussmann is at $6.50 to go back-to-back with a wider barrier and bigger weight this weekend.
Diametric in gate four for Glyn Schofield is a $26 outsider in Winter Stakes betting with the best fancied of Waller’s three confirmed runners behind second elect You’ll Never ($6).
Drawn a treat in gate two with Blake Shinn, fresh off a winning double at Singapore last Sunday, riding the flying Commands five-year-old won back-to-back Rosehill races before two more thirds also at the track this time in.
Waller is happy to follow the order of the Winter Stakes odds and narrowly rates You’ll Never as his best hope in the feature, the horse chasing his fourth win over 1400m, so long as the speed is on.
“He’s three weeks between runs which for him is good,” Waller said.
“He needs speed on though, that’s the thing with him.”
His third runner is then the rails-drawn Rugged Cross, Brenton Avdulla riding the Civic Stakes fourth-placed Cape Cross six-year-old from barrier one on 56kg, who also shouldn’t be discounted.
“I’m probably slightly favouring You’ll Never but Rugged Cross on his day with the right race, he’s hard to beat,” Waller said.
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