2021 Winter Challenge Race Details

Race 7 at Rosehill on Saturday 24th July 2021.

The Winter Challenge is a 1500 metre quality handicap race run by the Australian Turf Club in late July. It is held at Rosehill as part of Sydney’s Winter Racing at the end of the racing season.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the Winter Challenge page.

Winter Challenge 2021 Preview

Track: Good-Slow Weather: Overcast

There are nine acceptors for the $150,000 Listed Winter Challenge – trainers Kris Lees and Chris Waller both have two horses entered in the race.  The key lead up race is the Winter Stakes which was won by Bandersnatch – four had their last start in that event.  There are three equal favourites in the early markets.  Order Again who looks primed to run well fourth up with Hugh Bowman in the saddle, Kirwan’s Lane who is back from a trip to Melbourne and True Detective who ran a good second in the Winter Stakes .

Countofmontecristo gets out to a more suitable distance third up with James McDonald in the saddle.  Ziegfeld is a lightly trained import who ran fourth first up in the Winter StakesCisco Bay is up in class but should get a gun run from barrier six, while Military Zone is searching for his best form.  The remaining runners are longer than $20-1.

Winter Challenge Runner by Runner

1. Chief Ironside

Resuming here off a preparation that saw him tackle two Group 1’s + The Hunter.  Has had two trials to get ready for this but he normally needs the pipe opener first up.  Look for him hitting the line late.

2. Countofmontecristo

Former Singapore galloper now with Kris Lees.  He ran a good fourth first up in the June Stakes then never looked comfortable in the heavy going last time.  Set to peak here back onto firmer footing.

3. Order Again

Has been building nicely this preparation.  Latest he kept coming in trying conditions in the Winter Stakes.  Should be reaching peak fitness now and gets Hugh Bowman.  Major player.

4. Ziegfeld

Godolphin trained galloper.  He weakened out to be beaten seven lengths in testing conditions first up in the Winter Stakes.  Wouldn’t shock to see him improve here.

5. Kirwan’s Lane

Winner this track and distance in May.  Has since finished third at Randwick and seventh at Flemington.  Hard to recommend off his last run.

6. Military Zone

Tommy Berry sticks with this five year old gelding who is struggling to find his best form this preparation and is yet to run a place in three attempts at Rosehill.  Not for me.

7. Sambro

Ran sixth first up at Randwick over 1600m, then seventh dropping back to 1400m on June 26.  Has trilled in between runs and gets the winkers on here third up.  Possible improver.

8. True Detective

Hasn’t won for a little while but his second was the best placed finish of those coming via the Winter Stakes.  Look for him to roll forward and make his own luck again.  One of the each way chances.

9. Cisco Bay

Cisco Bay has returned in super order.  He charged home to win a benchmark 78 at Randwick first up then spotted them too big a start when third in an on pacers race here on July 3.  In the mix.

Winter Challenge 2021 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Lewis’ Tips
3. Order Again 3. Order Again
5. Kirwan’s Lane 8. True Detective
8. True Detective 2. Countofmontecristo
9. Cisco Bay 9. Cisco Bay

Previews for other races this week

Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes 2021 (Caulfield 1200m)

2021 Winter Challenge Final Results

The track was rated as Soft 5.

Scratchings: –

Result Horse Margin
1st 3 Order Again  
2nd 4 Ziegfeld 0.2 length
3rd 7 Sambro 1.12 lengths
4th 8 True Detective 1.38 lengths