The Kim Waugh stable will be in for a busy Saturday following the postponement of Thursday’s Gosford meeting with gallopers heading to both Rosehill and Hawkesbury. The former French galloper Prince Of Sofia lines up in race 3 The Schweppes Bm 80 over 2400m at Rosehill Gardens whilst Kim elected to accept with Balloons after the demise of Gosford, the filly will now take her place race 6 Albert O’Cass Memorial Class 1 over 1300m at Hawkesbury.
The former French stayer Prince Of Sofia returns to Saturday grade stepping out to the staying trip of 2400m for the first time since arriving in Australia. After four runs this time in the gelding is ready for the longer trip “Prince Of Sofia is fit and well and is now looking for the extra trip. The heavy track is the big unknown he did win on a slow track in France but it’s a case of wait and see if he can handle the very heavy track” said Kim. Prince Of Sofia will appreciate the drop in weight including a clever claim by Kim with the booking of former stable apprentice Serg Lisnny bring the gelding’s weight down to 52 kilos, 2kg’s below the limit. Rosehill is currently rated a heavy 9
Balloons (pic below) has been racing in very good form this time in with a win and two thirds from her three starts. The Not Of Single Doubt filly enjoys a solid tempo in her races which was not the case last start in a stop start affair on the Kensington track Kim is hopefully that the big field will ensure a truly run race. “Balloons is fit and well. All her runs have been full of merit including a very strong win two starts back. I’m just a little concerned with the very heavy track the Not A Single Doubt bred generally like the wet but you never really know until they are under race conditions” added Kim. The filly ran on well at her only start at Hawkesbury running a close fourth at her second career start over an unsuitable distance and if she handles the very heavy track Balloons will be very competitive in the big field. Like Rosehill the Hawkesbury track is currently rated a heavy 9.
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