NEWNHAM STILL CHASING A WIN IN THE NURSERY
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.