2023 Hill Stakes Field & Betting Market: Montefilia Firming Favourite

October 6, 2023

2023 Hill Stakes Field & Betting Market: Montefilia Firming Favourite

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.

Montefilia

Montefilia is tipped to return to winning form in the $2 million Hill Stakes 2023 this weekend at Rosehill. Photo: Steve Hart.

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.

The 2023 Petaluma Hill Stakes runs as Rosehill Race 7 at 4:10pm (AEDT) on the 10-race card in Sydney on Saturday with full markets available by clicking here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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