Strike One to back up
Strike One will be out to avenge his narrow defeat at Randwick when he backs up at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trainer Chris Waller said he had no concerns about the seven-day break between races and Strike One would join stablemate Bellagio Wynn in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m).
Strike One was collared by wet-track specialist With Ice at the end of Saturday’s 2000m open handicap run on a heavy (8) track, the same conditions expected this week.
Queanbeyan mare With Ice, who had a 6-1/2kg weight advantage, beat Strike One by a half-head.
“It was a good second, he only just got beaten and he will back up on Saturday,” Waller said.
“The aim is to run him in the two-mile race two weeks later.”
The Stayer’s Cup (3200m) on June 19 will also be the aim for many of Strike One’s opponents including Bellagio Wynn and McKell Cup runner-up Two Towers from the Wanda Ings yard at Hawkesbury.
The Guy Walter-trained pair of Yallingup and Twin Wing, who finished fourth and fifth behind With Ice, were among the 12 Winter Cup entries along with former New Zealander Zoomin now with Victorian trainer Mick Kent.
Veteran Lang, third in the 2008 Sydney Cup and fourth last year when trained by David Payne, is among the nominations for Gwenda Markwell.
Bellagio Wynn, third in the McKell Cup, and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Common Objective, are the highest rated entries on 94 with Strike One on 90.
“Bellagio Wynn is a good, honest horse who needs 2400 metres to be competitive,” Waller said.
Corey Brown retains the ride on Strike One while Josh Parr will partner Bellagio Wynn.
Rain is expected in Sydney until the weekend with Tuesday’s Goulburn meeting an early casualty of the wet weather.
By Caryl Williamson