Newnham pair of Antonio and Vinco impress at the trials
MARK Newnham delivered two of the main highlights at a rare Wednesday morning set of trials held at Warwick Farm owing to the twilight meeting at Kensington following day.
In a case of perhaps saving the best until last, Heat 14 was taken out in comprehensive style by Newnham’s ANTONIO who tipped out after his ‘ fading’ debut fourth to Wagner at Canterbury on August 29.
The George Altomonte- owned son of I Am Invincible has won both his trials this time in and with exactly the same margin.
Stablemate AEECEE VINCO was a six length second to Spaceboy in a Warwick Farm heat on November 9 but was able to win last week’s trial – just – ahead of
SAINT AMBROSE and Chris Waller’s KRAMERIC.
Newnham has so many lightly-raced and seriously progressive two three-year- old’s in the stable at present, few more so than AIM FOR PERFECTION.
This Gooree Stud- owned three-year- old is by Smart Missile and from the same family as Desert War.
A sister to Tactical Advantage, Aim For Perfection has won all three trials, the November 9 at the Farm came with a six and a half length margin beating a subsequent trial winner named Jewel Of The Crown.
Given the talent level of Newnham’s filly, then we have to ‘mark up’ VINCI LADY who went stride for stride up the straight to be beaten a mere head.
Vinci Lady is $ 60,000 Inglis Classic filly trained by Gary Portelli. Her November 9 trial (when second) was also terrific – she can certainly gallop.
Still with Portelli, he would have been pleased with the Darby Bloodstock- owned filly named AGE OF WAR who was ridden out, hands and heels only by Deanne Panya – the first jockey to win on team’s Golden Slipper winner, She Will Reign.
One of the easiest wins on the card was ( predictably) Joe Pride-trained EASY EDDIE who is unbeatable in trials when they want him to be.
The son of Super Easy (a half to Terravista, Tiger Tees and Ball Of Muscle) kicked on the bend and it was all over, almost four lengths to the runner-up
a decent time boot. Pride and Jamie Walter have been winning their fair share of races of late and you get the sense that another one is coming soon in the shape of NIJINSKA.
Walter picked up this Savabeel filly at 2017 Karaka Sales in New Zealand for the not insignificant sum of $140,000, still good shopping a filly by the nation’s most revered stallion and out of a half-sister to four-time Group 1 winner Metal Bender.
Seven times, I have tipped STARRING on top and seven times he has failed to run a place.
Loyalty in racing can morph into stupidity far too quickly but honestly, how this horse is not winning good races puzzles me.
Our others to follow are: SEARCHINBROOK, BOMBARDING, BELLA SUCCESS, INVINZABEEL as well as Godolphin trio INTUITION, CATAPULT and SPARKS.