The Listed Winter Challenge is one of the highlights of the winter racing carnival in Sydney. The race is run over 1500 metres under quality handicap conditions at Rosehill Racecourse, with current prizemoney of $150,000.
Listed Winter Challenge 2022: Alfie’s preview
Track It’s a Heavy 10 at this stage. There’s not much rain between now and Saturday, but I’ll certainly be working off a heavy track still.
Speed map The speed will be above average. Cross Talk and Snippy Fox should lead, and Jo Jo Was A Man and Kiss the Bride will be behind the leaders. Oscar Zulu’s rider has a decision to make from a wider barrier, as does Looks Like Elvis.
Prices courtesy of TopSport at time of publication.
12 Cross Talk [$3.20] was a convincing winner last start in BM78 grade. This is tougher and I can’t get it as short as current market, but he is certainly a chance with a 6kg weight drop.
9 Jojo Was A Man [$3.80] was unlucky to lose on protest to Taksu last start and is racing consistently. He might need to find a little more to win this, but is a big chance.
“Nash (Rawiller) galloped him for me on Tuesday and said he’s just airborne.”
John Thompson says the switch back to Rosehill for Saturday’s Winter Challenge won’t faze the in-form Jojo Was A Man. 📸 Steve Hart
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) July 28, 2022
11 Toomuchtobear‘s [$6] best is over 2000m and I have it around market price at the moment.
1 Gold Trip [$8.50] is a big question mark. It’s his first run in Australia. He has won at Group 2 level, but I think he’s better over further. Watch later in his prep.
6 Oscar Zulu [$9.50] has some figures at Listed level that would win this. If he can reach near those peaks he’s a big chance.
10 Durston [$9.50] is in a similar boat to Gold Trip for mine.. a class horse but may need further.
This is a tough race and there’s a bit to happen with the track between now and race time, so be prepared to keep an eye on things. I think Oscar Zulu looks the best bet at the moment due to the nice price on offer. He’s capable of winning this on past performances, so a play at the price looks attractive.
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