Sen­sa­tion — if she can jump

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - RAY THOMAS

WILL Star Sen­sa­tion jump away with the field in the Poitrel Hall of Fame Hand­i­cap (1400m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens to­mor­row?

Trainer Mark Newn­ham con­ceded he couldn’t an­swer that ques­tion with any surety and was hop­ing his filly isn’t slow out of the bar­ri­ers again.

Star Sen­sa­tion missed the start by two lengths and was never in the con­test af­ter that when she re­sumed with a fifth to Sedi­tion at this track two weeks ago.

“She has come out slow be­fore,’’ Newn­ham said.

“The day she won at Rand­wick on Mel­bourne Cup day she missed the start by three­quar­ters of a length but at Rose­hill the other day she was aw­ful. But I’ve taken her back to the bar­ri­ers the other day where she bounced out.

“If she jumps well (to­mor­row) she will be out­side the leader, if she jumps poorly she will be back.’’

Star Sen­sa­tion is at $10 in early mar­kets for a com­pet­i­tive three-year-old race that in­cludes promis­ing Se­away ($2.90 favourite), Gaulois ($4) and Lis­doon­va­rna ($6.50).

Newn­ham be­lieves pun­ters should give Star Sen­sa­tion an­other chance af­ter the filly was well backed in her first-up flop.

“Af­ter she be­gan badly noth­ing went right for her be­cause the tempo put her out of her com­fort zone the whole race,’’ Newn­ham said.

“She gen­er­ally takes a run any­way and is un­beaten sec­ond-up.’’

Newn­ham, who will be at Doomben to­mor­row where his in-form mare Ana­tola is chas­ing more big-race suc­cess in the Listed $100,000 Bright Shadow Qual­ity (1200m), also has ju­ve­nile Cany­onero re­sum­ing in the Rose­hill opener, the Aber­corn Hall of Fame Hand­i­cap (1200m).

Cany­onero showed prom­ise in a two-start de­but cam­paign last sum­mer and is re­sum­ing to­mor­row af­ter two re­cent bar­rier tri­als — in­clud­ing a Rand­wick heat win.

“I thought he went su­per in his last trial,’’ Newn­ham said. “The only doubt I have with him is 1200m first-up be­cause his last trial was a month ago.

“I had him due to go to Wagga first-up and we put him on the float where he got quite up­set. I didn’t want to send him on a five-hour float trip the way he was so he was scratched from Wagga.

“He hasn’t missed any work and he is do­ing ev­ery­thing right on the track. He has enough abil­ity to win this race but the is­sue is that last lit­tle bit of the 1200m as he hasn’t been in com­pe­ti­tion for a month.’’

Newn­ham is very con­fi­dent Ana­tola can con­tinue her win­ning mo­men­tum de­spite creep­ing up in the weights for the Doomben sprint to­mor­row.

Ana­tola set a course record to win at Rand­wick over 1200m last month then backed up that ef­fort with an­other bril­liant win in the Listed Silk Stock­ing at the Gold Coast on May 5.

“She is per­fect, she has been tick­ing over well up there,’’ Newn­ham said. “The bar­rier (six) at Doomben gives Josh (Parr) op­tions.

“If some­thing goes hard she can sit off them or she can take it up.

“She did win with 56.5kg against the ‘boys’ at Rand­wick and I’m not wor­ried she has 58.5kg (to­mor­row).

“The way I look at it is if she can’t win with this weight then she is prob­a­bly not up to be go­ing to the Dane Rip­per Stakes.

“But at the Gold Coast last start she had to work at both ends and was strong to the line so I don’t think it will be an is­sue.

“She should run well again.’’

Trainer Mark Newn­ham.

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