Mugatoo set to return in the Winter Challenge

An exciting field has been nominated for Saturday’s Listed Winter Challenge at Randwick with 2020 winner Mugatoo set to return.

Pulling up just shy of 50 lengths last when suffering a tendon injury in last year’s Doomben Cup, 2021 All-Star Mile winner Mugatoo is set to make his long-awaited return to the racetrack in Saturday’s Listed Winter Challenge (1500m).

Returning in the same race two-years ago when saluting, the Kris Lees team will be hoping to replicate the result and once again set-up a big spring campaign for their Henrythenavigator gelding.

In what is sure to be a thrilling spectacle, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable has nominated the talented Gold Trip to make his Australian debut.

Already a Group 2 winner in France, the son of Outstrip brings imposing form lines into the $160,000 feature with three top-three finishes at Group 1 level and a fourth in the 2020 L’Arc.

Tasting success a staggering six times in the race since its 2012 inception, champion trainer Chris Waller has nominated Oscar Zulu, Zing and Durston for the race – the latter set to make his stable debut after switching from the Maher and Eustace barn.

Other intriguing nominations for the contest include the in-form Jojo Was A Man – who was defeated narrowly a fortnight ago in the Winter Stakes, Looks Like Elvis, Edison and Chief Altony.

The Maher & Eustace crew will be looking to cash in on Saturday with a host of other likely types including Easy Single in the July Sprint (1100m), and Blaze A Trail and Quintello in the 1300m BM88.

Currently rated a Heavy 9, forecast wet weather for the remainder of the week will ensure the track remains rain effected.

The rail sits out 12 metres the course entire.

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