Sensation — if she can jump
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.