Winners Stakes: Rosehill 1300m
|Sat 02 Nov 2024
|Set Weights and Penalties
The Winners Stakes was introduced by Racing NSW in 2019, as a way to honour the previous year’s Everest winner. Each season, the race changes name to reflect the horse that won The Everest. For example, Giga Kick won the Everest in 2022, so in 2023 the Winners Stakes is renamed the Giga Kick Stakes.
It’s a good idea, even if the timing is a bit off, given that by the time this race is run we already have a new Everest winner. What it also does is try and keep those Everest sprinters running in NSW rather than heading down to Melbourne for races like the Manikato at Moonee Valley and Champions Sprint at Flemington. The multi-million dollar purse ensures that the field will always have a high quality to it.
2023 GIGA KICK STAKES PREVIEW
Everest winner Think About It is the odds on favourite, and well he might be given he has now won 11 of his 12 career starts, including the last nine of them in a row. He was only second-up into The Everest, so should still have plenty in the tank, and it’s arguable that 1300m suits him even more than 1200m does.
Think About It had ever favour in The Everest, and was good enough to take advantage of it, while Private Eye endured a tougher run but will still there swinging at the end to be beaten three-quarters of a length.
Private Eye was also second-up there, having won The Shorts in dynamic fashion first-up. He won this race last year, and is going as well as ever. He will jump from barrier five, while Think About It has three, and with a kinder run against his stablemate could very well turn the tables.
Bella Nipotina wouldn’t have been out of place in The Everest, and her Sydney Stakes run on the same day was superb after getting so far back from a horror draw. She’s probably half a level below the absolute top shelf, but if the rain comes in waves she’ll relish it more than most.
Mazu finished 11th in The Everest, but was the only horse in the race that was genuinely unlucky. He got completely chopped out at a key stage, so never came into the race. That said, it’s hard to see him beating the two favourites, but he might be a value place bet.
Selections: 1.Private Eye 2.Think About It 3.Bella Nipotina 4.Mazu
Past Winners Of The Winners Stakes
|Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
|Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle