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Timeform Recap - 2017 Winter Challenge

Timeform recap of 2017 Listed winter challenge at Rosehill Gardens.

Timeform Recap - 2017 Winter Challenge

Shiraz was able to return to the winners circle when securing a narrow victory in the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Shiraz (inside) winning the 2017 Listed Winter Challenge
Shiraz (inside) winning the 2017 Listed Winter Challenge Picture:Racing and Sports

Settling off the leaders in fourth for much of the race, the Kim Waugh-trained runner produced a strong effort in the straight along the inside, edging out Classic Uniform over the concluding stages with Slightly Sweet third.

Shiraz Horseform had not tasted victory since winning the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick over two years ago when at his peak but came into the race with solid recent form.


The now eight-year-old gelding returned a Timeform figure of 109, two pounds above his previous effort in the Winter Stakes and the highest since running to 110 in the Eye Liner Stakes last month.

Shiraz is the equal highest winner of the race since Foreteller (113) in 2011, Coup Ay Tee in 2013 and He’s Your Man in 2014 also running to 109.

Last year’s winner Marenostro Horseform ran to 108 when beating Oxford Poet which puts Shiraz right around the mark of the winners of the Winter Challenge since it’s inception in 2011.

Of the beaten runners Classic Uniform in second ran to a new career peak of 109, three pounds above his previous best achieved at Rosehill three starts back.

Slightly Sweet Horseform in third also continues her solid recent form and ran to 101, two pounds above her win in the Winter Stakes the start prior.

Earlier in the programme Arbeitsam Horseform continued his strong form with a win in the three-year-old open (1400m) and certainly looks a horse on the rise.

Taken straight to the lead by Tim Clark, the Waterhouse & Bott-trained runner did enough to hold off The Pharoah Horseform by a length in second with Reach For Heaven Horseform third.

Arbeitsam returned a new career peak Timeform figure of 106, three pounds above his previous effort when runner up over 1800m at Rosehill behind Vaucluse Bay.

With only 11 starts to his name and now a four-year-old, the son of Snitzel looks a versatile gelding going forward with the stable indicating he will be speed for the Magic Millions meeting in January.

The Pharoah in second also ran to a new career peak Timeform rating of 95, two pounds above his previous best achieved when runner up at Rosehill earlier in the year.

These certainly look the two to follow out of the race in what looked a competitive and relatively strong three-year-old race for this time of the year.

The last two-year-old race of the season saw D’Argento grab his second win in as many career starts, running on well to beat Runaway Horseform with Almighty Horseform well back in third.

Running to 89p when winning on debut at Newcastle, the Chris Waller-trained runner was much improved on Saturday, returning a Timeform figure of 103.

The son of So You Think looks to have plenty of improvement to come and is one to keep an eye on going into his three-year-old season.

Runaway in second who led throughout doesn’t look far away from a win and ran to 101, eight pounds above his second at Grafton the start prior.

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118101
R7 ROSEHILL 29 July 2017
Winter Challenge 3U , 1500m
Race Synopsis: Rising eight-year-old Shiraz put up a good effort in breaking through for his first win here since taking out the 2015 Concorde Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m) at Randwick almost two years ago. He was given a good trip by Jason Collett in third place on the rails before getting along the inner to challenge at the 200m. He then responded to patient hands and heels riding to score well, albeit by a narrow margin. Classic Uniform went to the front, set quite a good tempo and fought back gamely when challenged in the straight for second in a sound effort at his third run this preparation. Recent winner of the Winter Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at this track on 15 July, Slightly Sweet raced in fifth place on the rails, before looking for a run between runners at the 200m. She then battled on quite well for third after being in restricted room in the straight. Sultan Of Swing raced outside the leader (Classic Uniform) and held on for fourth while the favourite Gold Symphony was sixth to the home turn, briefly looked a threat at the 300m before holding on under his 59kg top weight for (2.8 lengths) fifth.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
5. SHIRAZ (AUS)
8yo Gelding
KIM WAUGH
JASON COLLETT
55.5
$7.50
 
ZARIZ (AUS) - MOVILLE SLIPPER (AUS)
Mrs C T Dwyer, P J Dwyer, P J Whealy, L E Barlow, B Hockings, R C Nagel, J Veliscek, L Stewart, Mrs P F Hellams, Mrs P G O'Brien, N M Titcume & M Davies
2nd  
4. CLASSIC UNIFORM (AUS)
5yo Gelding
GARY MOORE
TIM CLARK
55.5
$6.00
 
AL MAHER (AUS) - PYROTECHNICS (AUS)
Glenvallen Investments Pty Ltd Syndicate (Mgr: F L Li)
Apr 14, 2014 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Murrurundi NSW, $170000
 
3rd  
7. SLIGHTLY SWEET (AUS)
6yo Mare
JASON COYLE
MS J TAYLOR
53.5
$12.00
 
CHARGE FORWARD (AUS) - SEMITONE (AUS)
Miss E K Esplin, P P R Esplin, H D R Esplin & D & M Esplin Pty Ltd (Mgr: Mrs M E Esplin)
 Jan 13, 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Psd $27500 Res $35000 Make an Offer,
 
4th  11. SULTAN OF SWING (NZ)
5yo Gelding
CRAIG RITCHIE
JAMES P INNES
53.0
$16.00
5th  1. GOLD SYMPHONY (AUS)
5yo Gelding
P & P SNOWDEN
HUGH BOWMAN
59.0
$4.50
6th  2. SNIPPETS LAND (AUS)
7yo Gelding
P & P SNOWDEN
COREY BROWN
57.0
$13.00
7th  9. BERRY DELICIOUS (AUS)
6yo Mare
JASON COYLE
MS RACHEL KING
53.0
$41.00
8th  6. ELLE LOU (AUS)
6yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
GLYN SCHOFIELD
54.5
$10.00
9th  8. EXTENSIBLE (AUS)
6yo Mare
P & P SNOWDEN
KATHY O'HARA
53.0
$12.00
10th  3. CENTRE PIVOT (AUS)
7yo Gelding
PETER ROBL
JAY FORD
56.0
$21.00
11th  10. LIAPARI (NZ)
5yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
BRENTON AVDULLA
53.5
$5.50


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