The Chris Waller trained Sambro has drawn the rails in the final field for the Group 3 $150,000 Monaco Cup – Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Sambro performed well at Group 1 level during the Brisbane Winter Carnival and will be having his first run back after finishing one and a half lengths behind Capital Gain when fifth in the $600,000 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Doomben on June 10.
The Fastnet Rock colt’s only win from six starts was in a 1400m two year old Handicap at Warwick Farm on May 17 and will go into Saturday’s Ming Dynasty Quality with two recent barrier trials under his belt, a ninth at Randwick over 1000m and a third at Rosehill over 900m.
Jay Ford will be having his first on Sambra who should race in a forward position from the good barrier draw.
The Peter and Paul Snowden Racing Team will saddle up two runners in the Ming Dynasty Quality, Hypnotist, barrier two with Blake Shinn and Hugh Bowman rides Assimilate from barrier nine.
Both colts are undefeated but are jumping up to Group company for the first time.
Assimilate is the winner of a Kembla Grange Maiden and a Randwick two year old Handicap while Hypnotist has won three from three with two wins on the Beaumont track at Newcastle in a Maiden and Class 1 plus a midweek win in a two year old Handicap at Canterbury on July 12.
James Cummings will have two runners lining up in thee Godolphin royal blue colours, Astoria (barrier 3) and Animalia (barrier 4).
Tye Angland has received a recall on Astoria after the pair combined for a win in a Warwick Farm two year old Handicap in March before English jockey James Doyle took over the reins for a second in the Group 3 $150,000 The Schweppervescence (1400m) at Rosehill on March 25 followed by an eleventh in the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on April 1.
Astoria will be wearing the blinkers for the first time in the Ming Dynasty Quality.
Animalia, with Glyn Schofield in the saddle, will be stepping up sharply in class after scoring his first win from four starts in a 1600m Maiden at Gosford on July 20.