Trainer Chris Waller Will Saddle Up -Punters Hot Rugged

Trainer Chris Waller will saddle four runners in tomorrow’s Winter Stakes, but punters only have eyes for one.

The mudlark, Rugged Cross, has firmed from $13 into $11 with online bookmaker

Two Blue ($4.40) heads betting for the Listed race ahead of the Waller trained You’ll Never, with premiership chasing jockey Blake Shinn aboard, next on $5.50.

Shinn and James McDonald go into the meeting on level terms in the metropolitan premiership battle.

Shinn is $2.50 favourite for the title over McDonald ($2.60) and High Bowman ($3.00), who is one and a half wins behind.

“With the certainty of a heavy track punters have really come for Rugged Cross. He’s a swimmer and with the Waller polish is going to be one of the hardest to beat,’’ said’s Will Byrne.

Markets courtesy of
Winter Stakes
$4.40 Two Blue
$5.50 You’ll Never
$6.50 Haussmann
$6.50 Noela’s Choice
$7.50 Liberty’s Choice
$9.00 See The World
$11 Rugged Cross
$17 Spurtonic
$34 Wouldnt It Be Nice
$34 Diametric
$34 Canny Ballad

NSW Metro Jockey Premiership
$2.50 Blake Shinn (88.5 wins)
$2.60 James McDonald (88.5 wins)
$3.00 Hugh Bowman (87 wins)

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