Chris Waller’s Duo Top 2010 Hill Stakes Final Field

September 16th, 2010

Two stars from the stables of local trainer Chris Waller top the list of horses lining up in this Saturday’s Group 2 Hill Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill.

Waller will run Triple Honour and Hawk Island in the 2010 Rydges North Sydney Hill Stakes, the stablemates likely to be at the top of the odds after drawing ideally with barriers two and three respectively in the nine-horse field.

Six-year-old Triple Honour ran a promising second behind another of Waller’s stars Metal Bender in the Warwick Stakes first-up this spring and is coming off a solid fourth in the Chelmsford Stakes.

Hawk Island has also been in excellent form winning his last four jumps including the Wyong Cup at the start of the month.

Other top chances in the 2010 Hill Stakes include veteran Pacino due to start on the rails from gate one, Peter Snowden’s Chelmsford Stakes third placegetter Purple and 2010 Melbourne Cup hopeful Jessicabeel.

It is a cracker day of racing at Rosehill on Saturday with four other Group status races planned including the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) featuring exciting fillies More Strawberries and Parables, the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m).

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2010 Rydges North Sydney Hill Stakes Final Field & Barriers

No. Horse Trainer Rider Br. Weight Hcp. Rtg.
1 TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 2 59 114
2 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 3 59 103
3 PACINO Clinton McDonald Tim Clark 1 59 97
4 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Peter Robl 5 58 106
5 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Brenton Avdulla (a) 7 58 93
6 LANDLOCKED (NZ) Anthony Cummings Jay Ford 8 58 74
7 JESSICABEEL (NZ) John O’Shea Corey Brown 6 57 108
8 PURPLE Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 4 57 108
9 SOUL DIVA Tony Noonan Tye Angland 9 57 95