Spiritual Pursuit Photo by Steve Hart

2019 Winter Stakes Day Tips & Preview

This period between the QLD Winter Carnival and the start of the Spring is harder to get through than my girlfriends vegan lasagne she insists on dishing up once a week.

The Winter Stakes is the feature race at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday and we have previewed every race on the card below.

Everest Carnival Handicap (1100m)
SPEND

This Snitzel colt out of the Hawkes camp looks a talented individual. I like what I saw in both his trial wins and he has been well supported in early betting. Gets mine.

Book Spring Hospitality Handicap (1500m)
PHAISTOS

Phaistos meets Call Me Royal much better at the weights for their last contest and the three year old Helmet gelding can turn the tables.

Lindsay Murphy Handicap (1400m)
GALAPAGOS

Cody Morgan trains this one for Australian Bloodstock and the four year old has a bit more class than a few of these. He has competed at a higher level and has drawn well in gate 2. Can win.

ATC Member Tours Handicap (2000m)
HIGH POWER

There are a few things going in high Power’s favour as the four year old High Chaparral gelding meets Primitivo for the third time in as many races. He has drawn much better than their last meeting and he gets in better at the weights. At the price, I’m happy to back him.

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ATC Foundation Handicap (1100m)
SPIRITUAL PURSUIT

Spiritual Pursuit gets in very well at the weights in this contest. She is a very talented horse who can rise through the grades to much better racing in mu opinion. Jason Coyle is a very underrated horseman and he will present this filly in great condition I am sure.

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Benchmark 78 Handicap (1500m)
NO ESCAPE

I got the chocolates with this guy two weeks at $20 as my best roughie and I can’t find a reason (I tried) not to back him again in this contest. There is really no stand outs in the race and the bookies are giving us $16 again! He goes up in weight back the others that finished behind him last start do as well so he’s worth a little play each way yet again for mine. We are still well in front with him no matter what!

Listed Winter Stakes (1400m)
STAMPEDE

Stampede is having just his second start in 16 months when he resumes in the Winter Stakes however that one run resulted in a dominant win at Randwick last October. He also has Winx form and has been backed off the map in early betting.

Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m)
WAGNER

Wagner was very impressive when winning over the 1100m at Rosehill two back before stepping up significantly in grade last time out. I thought he went through the line well and he will appreciate a step up to the 1200m.

Rosehill Bowls Club Handicap (1200m)
BRILLIANT CHOICE

Brilliant Choice couldn’t have been much more impressive when winning at The valley back in February before narrowly missing at Flemington at his next start. His fresh record is good and if he can replicate his form from last prep, he should be more than competitive in a race of this quality.