Newn­ham’s Shadow chas­ing a hat-trick of wins at Rose­hill

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

THE Mark Newn­ham-trained Shadow Bridge has the draw, the weight and the tal­ent to make it three straight wins this cam­paign when he faces his first acid test at Rose­hill Gar­dens to­mor­row.

So says Newn­ham who trains the $155,000 Inglis Pre­mier Year­ling pur­chase and first crop son of Blue Gum Farm res­i­dent sire, War.

Shadow Bridge is un­beaten in his two starts since be­ing gelded – those wins were at New­cas­tle over 900m fol­lowed by a 1000m C1 vic­tory at Kem­bla Grange in 57.03 sec­onds.

“His first-up win may not have looked im­pres­sive but there been a few win­ners out of the race since and then I was re­ally happy with his sec­ond win,” Newn­ham said.

“He re­ally dom­i­nated the race from the start and didn’t look in dan­ger at any stage.

“Shadow Bridge is a very quick horse – that’s his as­set, his speed. I wouldn’t think he would be as ef­fec­tive if you hold him up too much. I just you’ve got to play to his strengths.”

Shadow Bridge makes his met­ro­pol­i­tan de­but in to­mor­row’s ATC 2019 Mem­ber­ship Sprint (1100m) jump­ing from bar­rier 4 and with just 51.5kg on his back af­ter the claim for Newn­ham’s star ap­pren­tice Rob­bie Dolan.

“Up to 1100m that is a slight query,” Newn­ham ac­knowl­edged, “But I was pleased with how strong he on the line the other day at Kem­bla so he is go­ing there with peak fit­ness, a very light weight and a good bar­rier.

“The rail is out 6m so I would imag­ine he would prob­a­bly lead down on the fence which is a good place to be over 1100m at Rose­hill.”

Newn­ham’s other run­ner on the Rose­hill card is Gi­bral­tar Girl for Greg and Donna Ko­livos of Pierro fame.

This will be the daugh­ter of Man­hat­tan Rain’s third start for Newn­ham since re­lo­cat­ing from the sta­bles of Snow­den Rac­ing.

Gi­bral­tar Girl re­sumes in the ATC Rose­hill Bowl­ing Club Bm94 (1100m) off a fourth to Redzel a re­cent trial

“She is still coarse and is still los­ing her win­ter coat so I would say she would take a fair bit of improve­ment out of the run but she is go­ing well,” Newn­ham said.

Mark Newn­ham.

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