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