Sydney’s leading jockey Hugh Bowman will stick with Gold Symphony who has drawn a nice barrier at three in the eleven horse field of the Listed $150,000 Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Gold Symphony, above, has drawn a handy barrier in the Winter Challenge at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

Gold Symphony, above, has drawn a handy barrier in the Winter Challenge at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

Bowman has been aboard Gold Symphony at his last two starts for a win in the Listed $150,000 Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill on July 1 followed by an unlucky eleventh of thirteen in the Listed $150,000 ATC Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill a fortnight later.

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained four year old might have only beaten two runners home in the Winter Stakes but was only beaten a touch over two lengths after being badly held up for a run in the straight.

Team Snowden will also saddle up Extensible and Snippets Land in the Winter Challenge with the pair also coming out of the Winter Stakes, finishing eighth and ninth respectively.

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy will stay with Extensible who has also drawn in close at barrier four while Snippets Land has also come up with a handy barrier at six with Corey Brown taking over from Tye Angland.

The Jason Coyle trained Slightly Sweet has hit a purple patch of form when she sliced through the field to win the Winter Stakes and will be hard to be beat again in the Winter Challenge from barrier five.

Slightly Sweet is only up half a kilo on her last start neck win and has Jess Taylor in the saddle again.

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller will saddle up Liapari who is stepping up to Listed company in the Winter Challenge after winning two of his last three starts in restricted class but will have to overcome the outside barrier in the eleven horse field..

Brenton Avdulla takes over from Hugh Bowman who steered the four year to victory in a 1500m BenchMark 85 Handicap at Rosehill three starts back as well as a last start win in a 1600m BenchMark 93 Handicap at Warwick Farm on July 8.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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