Newn­ham two-year- old has all the mak­ings to be a Star

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest Trackwork - SHAYNE O’CASS

THE Mark Newn­ham-trained colt EX­CEED THE STARS will go around as a wor­thy favourite in this week­end’s time-hon­oured Breed­ers’ Plate (1000m) at Royal Rand­wick while Snow­den Rac­ing filly MAYAASEH is the filly to beat in the equally cov­eted Gim­crack Stakes (1000m).

That was wash-up out of last Mon­day morn­ing’s all im­por­tant of­fi­cial two-year- old tri­als on a day where only one horse went be­low 49s.

That horse was Ex­ceed The Stars who, granted had first use of the track, but most would have to agree that he is the bench­mark two-year- old on what we have seen not once, but twice, from this Star Wit­ness replica.

Ex­ceed The Stars won a trial at Rose­hill on Aug 28 by 1.8-len and while the mar­gin this time was a mere neck, his nat­u­ral speed and pre­coc­ity will take him long way come Sat­ur­day.

In light of his ob­vi­ous tal­ent, ku­dos to the run­ner-up in Mon­day’s heat namely FIERY RED who is a son of Pierro pre­pared by that horse’s trainer Gai Water­house (with Adrian Bott).

Now to the Gim­crack filly, Mayaaseh.

She is an Emi­rates- owned and bred filly by Ex­ceed And Ex­cel out of Maysoon who was handy enough to fin­ish fourth to Catkins in the 2014 Group 2 ATC Sher­aco Stakes (1200m).

Mayaaseh went about her busi­ness with a touch of class and qual­ity and we know the Snow­dens know how to han­dle this pre-Xmas two-year- olds.

Last year’s Breed­ers’ Plate win­ning trainer Chris Waller would fancy his chances of go­ing back-to-back via KRAMERIC.

This first crop son for­mer nat­u­ral ju­ve­nile Ru­bick won a Rose­hill heat by 4-len on Sep 3.

He was back in fourth this time but given that the heat was 852m and the Breed­ers’ is 1000m, what he did late makes him a real ‘Per­former type’. That be­ing strong late!

Team Hawkes tri­alled a nice colt by the name of HEAD ON who won his heat by 0.5-len.

The colt is bred to win the Breed­ers’ be­ing out of Gim­crack win­ner Bril­liant Bisc whose first foal, King, sold for $1m at Easter and was trained by the Snow­dens. Apart from Ex­ceed The Stars

Mayaaseh, th­ese two-yearolds were a very even and in­con­spic­u­ous bunch.

Noth­ing ran time, noth­ing re­ally ran on like a su­per­star and be­cause it was Kens­ing­ton Breed­ers’ and Gim­crack spots up for grabs, it paid to be on pace and that’s where most of the win­ners were placed in run.

One such horse was DU­BI­OUS who is a re­ally in­ter­est­ing Breed­ers’ Plate con­tender.

He is by Not A Sin­gle Doubt of a 2000m win­ning stakes-placed French mare.

What re­ally makes him in­ter­est­ing is that he was up from the Mel­bourne sta­bles of Ciaron Ma­her and David Eus­tace who con­vinced Hugh Bow­man to ride.

He led through­out, trav­elled sweetly, and looks a ready-made, sen­si­ble tractable colt.

One im­por­tant note be­fore leav­ing – Ger­ald Ryan won the last three tri­als of the morn­ing, the fi­nal one with a horse named COVERT OPS who is by I Am In­vin­ci­ble out of the Group 3 Tib­bie win­ner Fine Bub­bles.

He won by 8-len and was suit­ably im­pres­sive.

ran 49.67s, Ex­ceed The Stars went 48.96s.

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