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