New­lands in driv­ing seat

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Gr 3 Cartier Politi­cian Stakes over 1 800m on L’Or­marins Queen’s Plate day has be­come an im­por­tant In­vestec Cape Derby pointer and the Joey Rams­den­trained New­lands looks to be the one to side with from a pole po­si­tion draw with An­ton Mar­cus up.

The Aus­tralian-bred will rel­ish the trip, be­ing by Ep­som Derby win­ner High Cha­parral, although he is not all about stamina as his dam is a half-sis­ter to Golden Slip­per win­ner and Cham­pion two-year-old colt in Aus­tralia, Van­cou­ver.

New­lands’ strong form gives him the edge over the rest of the field.

As a two-year-old he was stay­ing on strongly in the Gr 3 Langer­man over 1 500m to fin­ish just 1,35 lengths be­hind his stal­wart sta­ble­mate Ta­ble Bay, from whom he was re­ceiv­ing just 2kg.

In his sea­sonal reap­pear­ance in a Grad­u­a­tion Plate over 1 600m he was re­ceiv­ing just 2kg from the four-year-old Whisky Baron and was beaten just 1,25 lengths. Whisky Baron went on to win his next two starts and is cur­rently the J&B Met third favourite.

New­lands lost his chance at the start of the Lanz­erac Ready To Run Stakes over 1 400m when miss­ing the break, but stayed on from last and fin­ished just 5,5 lengths back.

Last time out he fin­ished 2,55 lengths back in a MR 88 Hand­i­cap over 1 600m off a merit rat­ing of 90, not great form at first sight, but the win­ner of the race was none other than Wil­liam Longsword, from whom he was re­ceiv­ing just 1,5kg. The lat­ter fol­lowed up by win­ning the Gr 1 Grand Pa­rade Cape Guineas in im­pres­sive style.

New­lands is the joint high­est merit rated horse in the Politi­cian Stakes on 91 and is of­fi­cially joint best weighted to­gether with Hori­zon and Sun­set Eyes.

On col­lat­eral form Craven looks to have the mea­sure of Hori­zon. The Candice BassRobin­son-trained colt was com­fort­ably beaten by Craven in his penul­ti­mate start and the lat­ter had few ex­cuses when beaten 9,3 lengths in the Cape Guineas.

Hori­zon is bred in the pur­ple, be­ing by Dy­nasty out of an un­raced full-sis­ter to the cham­pion stal­lion Sil­vano.

He was un­lucky in the Listed Jet Mas­ter Stakes over 1 600m and was ral­ly­ing back at the line. The prog­eny of Dy­nasty im­prove with age and he will rel­ish the step up in trip. The BassRobin­son yard are known for bring­ing their horses on steadily, so Hori­zon can’t be writ­ten off with sta­ble jockey Grant van Niek­erk up from a good draw.

The Brett Craw­ford-trained Sun­set Eyes was taken into the lead from a wide draw over 1 400m last time and used his big ac­tion to good ef­fect in front, only just fail­ing to hold on. He has never been tried over fur­ther than 1 400m and on pedi­gree there is a slight stamina doubt. He also looks held by New­lands on a line through Ta­ble Bay, although he is joint best in at the weights of­fi­cially. On jock­eys book­ings, the Craw­ford yard ap­pear to pre­fer both Car­bon Off­set and The Great One, as Richard Fourie and Corne Orf­fer have kept the re­spec­tive rides.

Car­bon Off­set

Car­bon Off­set, who is by Gim­methe­green­light and is a half-brother to Gr 1 win­ner For­est Indigo, was keen in front last time when fad­ing over 1600m in a hand­i­cap. How­ever, he had stayed on to win the pre­vi­ous time in a 1 600m hand­i­cap when cov­ered up in the run­ning and com­fort­ably beat Sum­mer Sky, who went on to beat Sun­set Eyes.

The form of Car­bon Off­set’s last win has worked out well, but from a wide draw on Satur­day the cover he ap­pears to need won’t be easy to find and his keen an­tics last time don’t au­gur well for the step up in trip.

He is also of­fi­cially 1,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance with the best in.

The Great One can hardly be sep­a­rated from Hori­zon on the form of his win over 1 400m at Dur­banville in his penul­ti­mate start, although he was sub­se­quently never in the race in the Lanz­erac Ready To Run Stakes. The Nadeem colt should rel­ish the step up in trip, but is of­fi­cially 1kg un­der suf­fer­ance with the best in.

The Justin Snaith-trained Strath­don hasn’t run since early Novem­ber when beaten 5,3 lengths by Wil­liam Longsword over 1 600m, when re­ceiv­ing just 0,5kg.

There­fore, he is not far be­hind New­lands on form and con­firm­ing that is a line through a horse called Union Jack.

He is by Sil­vano so should be im­prov­ing all the time and he will rel­ish the step up in trip. He is a dark horse and is of­fi­cially only 0,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance with the best in too. He has a good draw of three and We­i­chong Mar­wing is an in­ter­est­ing book­ing.

King Of The Rally

The Snaith-trained King Of The Rally fin­ished just 3,25 lengths be­hind Cape Guineas run­ner up Gold Stan­dard in a maiden over 1 600m in Oc­to­ber. How­ever, Gold Stan­dard didn’t get out of third gear and fur­ther­more King Of The Rally was re­ceiv­ing 4kg from the horse he beat in the Guineas Plate in PE by 0,25 lengths and the lat­ter, Pa­cific Spirit, was then beaten 7,8 lengths in the Cape Guineas.

Ol­li­van­der im­proved over 1 800m last time, just fail­ing from a wide draw, and is a Sil­vano from the Bass-Robin­son yard who should be con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing. How­ever, on form-lines he has his work cut out and looks the yard sec­ond string. The Slade, a half-brother by Phi­lan­thropist to Gr 1-win­ner Afrik­aburn, is an in­ter­est­ing run­ner as he beat Craven in a hand­i­cap over 1 600m when re­ceiv­ing only 1,5kg and is a gal­lop­ing type who should en­joy this course and dis­tance. How­ever, he was flat­tered by the 1,5 length mar­gin he fin­ished be­hind Wil­liam Longsword in the Sealan­gor over 1 600m as the lat­ter was clearly be­low par on the day.

The lat­ter trio men­tioned are all of­fi­cially 1,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance with the best in.

It all points to New­lands win­ning this im­por­tant Derby trial.

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