Down in Sydney, the Winter Stakes (Race 7) over 1400m takes centre stage at Rosehill as several runners push on from the Civic, won in impressive fashion by Gold Symphony.
Settling in the back half of the field, the horse let down well to overwhelm The Monstar and continue his strong vein of form.
Asked to carry an extra 2.5kgs, we nevertheless expect him to run well as Hugh Bowman looks to extend his narrow lead in the jockeys premiership race.
The main threat is expected to come from Burning Passion, a recent acquisition for Mark Newnham having done all his racing to date for James Cummings.
This horse rewarded the decision to head north with a couple of strong wins in Brisbane and has had a three-week let-up since landing the Healy Stakes at Group 3 level.
The Kim Waugh pair, Shiraz and Oxford Poet, also have claims with the latter victorious in this race 12 months ago.
- Gold Symphony
- The onstar
- Burning Passion