Winter Challenge 2023 Race Details

Race 8 at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday the 22nd of July 2023.

The Winter Challenge is a Listed race held at Rosehill Racecourse and is run over 1500 metres. It is run under quality handicap conditions and is for horses aged three-years-old and older. The total prize money is $160,000 this year.

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

Winter Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

Plenty of hopes in this and Chris Waller has 5 runners. Semana is racing in excellent fashion and gets its chance in this field. Both Barbie’s Fox and Resonator have been consistent and can give this race a shake. Longvillers will be around the mark and is having a good prep while Sibaaq resumes and has strong claims .

Winter Stakes 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Polly Grey (17)

Can’t have.

2. Sibaaq (6)

First-up and has trialled well. Can give this a shake.

3. Hosier (3)

Good horse with 7 wins from 14 starts. Don’t dismiss.

4. Bonny Ezra (13)

Resumed for 7th in the Civic Stakes and generally goes well second-up.

5. Longvillers (8)

Never got clear last start and the extra distance suits. This race is within reach.

6. Norwegian Bliss (2)

Finished well back in the Ramornie when resuming, but can improve.

7. Iene Fortune (19)

Import having his first Australian start. Drawn the widest barrier. Prefer to see.

8. Steely (11)

Dropping back from 2000m.  Prefer others.

9. Acquitted (12)

Ran 2nd in the Winter Stakes. Hard to hold out.

10. Resonator (4)

Two wins from 4 starts this campaign. Around the mark all prep and has good claims here.

11. Brookspire (1)

Needed more fresh but strips fitter and gets a kind draw.

12. Barbie’s Fox (5)

Well backed in early markets. Will need a tow into the race and looks well placed.

13. Lady Of Luxury (9)

Gets blinkers for the first time.Can get in the money.

14. Ruby Tuesday (10)

Prefer others.

15e. Semana (7)

Strong win last start. Serious player.

16e. Travest (15)

Prefer others.

17e. Bazooka (18)

Looks tested.

18e. Momack (16)

Prefer others.

19e. Chassis (14)

Capable of getting in the money.

Winter Stakes 2023 Tips

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

Bryce Parker’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
15 Semana 15 Semana
5 Longvillers 10 Resonator
2 Sibaaq 12 Barbie’s Fox
10 Resonator 9 Acquitted

Previews for other races this week

Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1200m)

Listed H G Bolton Sprint 2023 (Belmont 1200m)

Winter Stakes 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 12 Barbie’s Fox
2nd 3 Hosier 0.43 length
3rd 8 Steely 0.65 length
4th 2 Sibaaq 2.81 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

Scratchings: 1. Polly Grey, 9. Acquiited, 11. Brookspire, 17e. Bazooka, 18e. Momack, 19e. Chassis.