Weekend runners

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.

Balloons scores her maiden victory at Gosford

Balloons scores her maiden victory at Gosford

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Today’s Gosford meeting off

Today’s Gosford meeting has been postponed due to recent rain and subsequent state of the track. More than 200mm has fallen over the past week.

A track inspection this morning by race club officials and stewards found surface water on the track in the region of the 600m and at the winning post.

Balloons takes on the older mares at Gosford

Balloons a lightly raced filly from the Waugh stable will take on the older mares when she lines up in race 8 at Gosford tomorrow afternoon. The flashy Not A Single Doubt 3 year old has raced very well this preparation including  a very strong win over the course and distance two starts ago with Kim believing that the big field will ensure a truly run race which was unfortunately not the case on the Kensington track last start when finishing third in a stop start affair “all of Balloons runs have been full of merit this time in, I have been very happy with the filly she is fit and well. We are just unsure about the wet track the Not A Single Doubt bred seem to handle it but you never really know until they race on it’ added Kim. Brenton Avdulla will again be aboard Balloons with the pair jumping from barrier 5 race 8 Marathon Cricket @ SCG Class 2 over 1200m at Gosford on Thursday.

Balloons in full flight

Balloons in full flight

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