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Montefilia is tipped to return to winning form with the now Waller-trained mare the firming favourite in Hill Stakes 2023 betting for Sydney on Saturday.
A bumper line-up of potential Spring Cups-bound horses will face off in the Group 2 $2 million Hill Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens including four from the race’s five-time winning trainer Chris Waller.
Waller’s latest Hill Stakes victory was in 2020 with Kolding and the master horseman plays a very strong hand again this spring including saddling-up the $3.60 top elect through Ladbrokes.com.au Montefilia.
The six-year-old daughter of Kermadec, formerly with David Payne, has had three starts with the Waller camp including an eye-catching third to Just Fine in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) on September 16.
Spruik stayer Just Fine franked the form with his Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) win at Randwick last start which bodes well for Montefilia who won the same Group 1 race back in 2021 during her peak form.
She is out to recapture that this weekend fourth-up and fit and atone for her third as the beaten favourite behind Cascadian in last year’s Hill Stakes results.
The other Waller-trained Hill Stakes hopefuls this season are Magical Lagoon ($51), No Compromise ($35), and another Group 1 winning mare in Hinged ($11) to be ridden by Brett Prebble from gate five.
Three other runners are currently under double-figures to win the lucrative $2 million showdown including the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained market mover Hoo Ya Mal ($5).
The in-form Adam Hyeronimus rides the Territories five-year-old for the third time this prep with the pair making up ground late to cross three lengths back seventh to Think It Over in the $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) last time out.
Hoo Ya Mal is a previous Group 1 place-getter and Melbourne Cup performer who will appreciate stepping up in distance here and is sure to be in the finish late.
The rails-drawn Protagonist ($7) for Kris Lees who ran fourth in the Kingston Town Stakes last start and the Team Hawkes-trained Zeyrek ($8.50) bringing in some strong form lines are the other main dangers according to the bookies.
2023 Hill Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||50x426256x||NUMERIAN (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Ryan Maloney||15||59kg||110|
|2||x121735x45||ZEYREK (FR)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||7||59kg||107|
|3||6746×40311||YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Billy Egan||14||59kg||106|
|4||22x22418x9||LUNCIES (GB)||Kris Lees||Tim Clark||3||59kg||105|
|5||07x20480x4||NO COMPROMISE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tyler Schiller||16||59kg||105|
|6||102x100x24||PROTAGONIST (FR)||Kris Lees||Dylan Gibbons (a)||1||59kg||105|
|7||3223180×57||HOO YA MAL (GB)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||6||59kg||104|
|8||x67521x405||SKY LAB||Paul Perry||Ms Kathy O’Hara||4||59kg||103|
|9||0x6x824193||HOSIER (IRE)||Mark Minervini||Ms Rachel King||8||59kg||101|
|10||3x9x0050x8||MOUNT POPA (IRE)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Koby Jennings||10||59kg||101|
|11||0x5229x863||MONTEFILIA||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||2||57kg||113|
|12||8x26844x40||HINGED||Chris Waller||Brett Prebble||5||57kg||108|
|13||115x0x06x9||MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||9||57kg||104|
|14||x694341x88||FIREBURN||Gary Portelli||Jason Collett||11||56kg||101|
|15e||3x05420x80||HEZASHOCKA (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Zac Lloyd (a)||12||59kg||101|
|16e||402369×901||IRONCLAD (GB)||Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea||13||59kg||100|
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