The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

MARK Newn­ham, trainer of Ep­som fancy Lan­i­cato, kicks off the most im­por­tant day of his train­ing ca­reer with the very real prospect of sad­dling up the Breed­ers’ Plate win­ner.

Newn­ham’s flashy Star Wit­ness replica, Ex­ceed The Stars, was sub­ject to im­me­di­ate and sub­stan­tial in­ter­est when TAB mar­kets for the 112-year-old two-year-old fea­ture opened ear­lier in the week.

Ex­ceed The Stars, a $220,000 Magic Mil­lions pur­chase, was an easy trial win­ner at Randwick on Au­gust 28 be­fore his nar­row se­cond win at the of­fi­cial two-year-old tri­als on the Kens­ing­ton track 12-days ago.

“He was up and go­ing early so we gave him that early trial which gave us a bit of breath­ing space to de­cide whether we wanted to trial again or go straight into the Breed­ers’ Plate,” Newn­ham said.

“He did well in be­tween so he tri­alled again and I thought showed good im­prove­ment be­tween the two tri­als.

“The en­cour­ag­ing part (about his se­cond trial) was that they spaced the rest, it about 6-len to the third horse and the time was clearly su­pe­rior to rest of the tri­als on the day.

“Tommy (Berry) rode plenty of horses that day and was keen to stick with him and Tommy’s got a very good record in the two-year-old races so it’s to have him on.

“Ex­ceed The Stars has got plenty of nat­u­ral speed too which is what you want at this time of the year. He’s not short on tal­ent,” he added.

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