Writing On The Wall For Winter Cup

Having his first start since October 6 when resuming on the first day of June in the Listed McKell Cup over 2400m at Rosehill Gardens, the winning effort by the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Hush Writer (Jpn) was nothing short of sensational.

Hush Writer won first up over 2400m (pic: Steve Hart)

Hush Writer won first up over 2400m (pic: Steve Hart)

Readied with a handful of barrier trials, the 4YO Japanese bred gelding was given a somewhat European style grounding to be successful first up and on Saturday natural improvement should see the lightly raced galloper capable of going back to back at black type level as he starts as one of the favoured runners in the Listed Winter Cup at the same track and trip as a his last win.

Purchased by his connections as a foal in Japan, Hush Writer (Jpn) was initially sent to France where he was trained by two stables, recording a win and a black type placing before being sent to Australia.

Of the final field of ten in the race, all bar two contested the McKell Cup last start, while Saturday's top weight Yogi (Raise The Flag), for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, will look to emulate Hush Writer (Jpn) by winning first up over 2400m. With two wins from six first up runs, punters keen on the 6YO should follow any betting moves, while veteran Destiny's Kiss (Power of Destiny), sixth in the McKell Cup has placed in the last two Winter Cup's after winning the race in 2013, and although a rising 11YO, the Joe Pride-trained gelding does have 16 top three placed finishes from 22 attempts at the trip and should be watched.

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