Antonio Giuseppe Continues Sydney Cup Tilt

The Chris Waller trained Antonia Giuseppe continues his lead up to the Sydney Cup tomorrow.

The Chris Waller trained Antonia Giuseppe continues his lead up to the Sydney Cup tomorrow.

Sydney Cup favourite Antonio Giuseppe continues his build-up for that Group One challenge at Randwick as the heavily-backed runner in the Group Three Sky High Stakes at Rosehill.

The Chris Waller-trained gelding is the early favourite ($6) to notch his first Group One win in the $2 million Sydney Cup on April 8.

And Saturday's Sky High market suggests the four-year-old can add to his win at Rosehill in the James Ruse Handicap (1500m) on February 18 despite a slight scare on Thursday with a minor abrasion to a hock.

Antonio Giuseppe is rated the $1.90 favourite with the TAB and should not have any issues handling a heavy 8 given he has a perfect two-from-two record on wet surfaces.

With the 3200m Sydney Cup in mind, Waller would have preferred Antonio Giuseppe to have struck a good track in the Sky High Stakes (2000m) but was confident he could handle the assignment.

"He had a terrific first-up win, second-up he's at 2000, he's had three weeks between runs and he's a middle distance horse," Waller said.

"I would have liked to have been running him on a good track but he handles wet tracks.

"He hasn't missed any work, he had a good solid foundation up to his first-up run. He's taken heart from that, I think he's fit enough."

Waller has four runners in the Sky High Stakes with Grand Marshal ($31), Who Shot Thebarman ($9.50) and Libran ($12) also lining up in the nine-horse field.

Veteran Who Shot Thebarman put in an eye-catching run behind stablemate Winx in the Chipping Norton Stakes.

"He ran a cracker first-up over the mile, running third behind Winx. He's come through it well, he's as happy as Larry. He won't worry about a heavy track," Waller said.

He said Libran and Grand Marshal, who are both targeting the BMW Stakes and Sydney Cup, would appreciate a step up in distance from 1600m after finishing seventh and ninth respectively in the Chipping Norton Stakes on February 25.

By Chris Barclay

SYDNEY, March 10 AAP