The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

MARK Newnham is hop­ing it is a case of third time lucky in his ef­forts to win to­mor­row’s $500,000 ATC Inglis Nurs­ery (1000m) at Royal Rand­wick.

Newnham has given him­self two chances of tak­ing out the half mil­lion dol­lar Re­stricted Listed fea­ture with Blaz­ing Miss tak­ing part along­side the de­but win­ner Aeecee Vinco.

The trainer’s pre­vi­ous two Inglis Nurs­ery run­ners both placed in their re­spec­tive at­tempts.

Newnham’s pair were sub­ject to dif­fer­ing for­tunes when it came the draw on Wednes­day morn­ing with Blaz­ing Miss com­ing up with bar­rier

1 for the third straight time whereas Can­berra win­ner Aeecee Vinco will start from gate 13.

Blaz­ing Miss has fin­ished sec­ond at her only two runs to date, one at New­cas­tle, the other a nose sec­ond on the Kens­ing­ton Track on Novem­ber when bloused in the fi­nal stride.

“James (McDonald) came back shak­ing his head, he couldn’t believe he ac­tu­ally got beat,” Newnham said.

“The good thing about it is that she has taken im­prove­ment from it. She is a very big filly and she just seems to have switched on since that run. I rode her this morn­ing, she just had a light gal­lop, but she felt great.”

Blaz­ing Miss will be rid­den by Tim Clark to­mor­row, given that Newnham says the 54kg was prob­a­bly go­ing to be a bit light for James McDonald.

“We lose noth­ing with Tim, he has rid­den her in a trial and so I’d ex­pect her to be pretty hard to beat.”

Aeecee Vinco, mean­while, was a $100,000 Inglis Clas­sic pur­chase and the son of Charge For­ward ran good time to win a 1000m maiden at Can­berra at his first start.

“He went ter­rific,” Newnham en­thused.

“He is a re­ally nice horse and has been re­ally straight­for­ward since we have had him in work. He went to Can­berra with some im­prove­ment in him. He was car­ry­ing a bit on con­di­tion and still a bit rough in the coat.

“He’s drawn awk­wardly so he will re­quire a good ride but I am happy with him go­ing into the race.”

Aeecee Vinco is lo­cal of the Newnham pair be­ing trained at Rand­wick but when asked if he could split the pair, Newnham went for the War­wick Farm-based Blaz­ing Miss.

“I would have her in front just on nat­u­ral im­prove­ment and the bet­ter bar­rier,” he told Sports­man.

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