Grand campaigner Waterman’s Bay resumes at Ascot this weekend to tackle a talented lineup in the $100,000 Listed Cyril Flower Stakes 1200m.
Freshened up following a stellar two race summer assault – which saw the Eternity Range 6yo finish a close head second behind Magnifisio in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes before reversing the result to claim the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes – the Dan Morton prepared bay gelding has drawn well (barrier 4) for premiership hoop William Pike but will have to try and offset a whopping 62kg impost.
Giving a 5kg head start to the rest of the field is the question mark, as Waterman’s Bay aims to go one better than last year’s Cyril Flower result when a solid second to Amorino.
Multiple winners Black Heart Bart (57kgs) and Dawn Approach (55kgs) will also be firm in the market having won impressively in recent black-type races.
In other races, exciting Excellent Art 2yo Essayez will be looking to make it two from two for trainer Martin Allen in the Westspeed Plate 2YO 1200m.
Storming onto the scene late last month with a crushing victory on debut over 1100m, the filly will most certainly start a warm favourite having secured the inside barrier (1) for jockey Peter Knuckey.
Later in the program, the Simon Miller trainer Shalo will appreciate the step up to 1800m as it attempts to return to the winners list following a shock loss to Low Tide last weekend.
A promising stayer in the making, the Danehill Express 4yo led all the way in its first three starts this time in before going down a half-head in the final stride last start after again taking up the running.
The barrier draw (2) has finally been kind for Shalo and rider Smoken Joe Azzopardi, who will claim 1.5kgs to relieve the 60kg top weight allotment – will it lead again is the question…