On form, Mark Newnham’s best hope in race five at Wyong is Rosie Riveter but the top trainer wouldn’t be surprised if stablemate Bargain wins.
Rosie Riveter won impressively at Hawkesbury on debut while Bargain ran 10 lengths last at Warwick Farm first-up. Bargain won at Newcastle three runs back and was less than three lengths off Forbidden Love in a Listed race.
“On their last starts you couldn’t have Bargain but on her previous form you could,” Newnham said. “Rosie Riveter came on very well this preparation. We had to be very patient with her because she was a big, immature filly.
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Mark Newnham has two good chances in race five at Wyong. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“She did a really good job at Hawkesbury. She’s big and strong and I thought she’d run up to that. The other filly (Bargain), I’ve actually got a good opinion of but she ran terribly first-up after going a bit hard with the blinkers on.
“We’ve taken the blinkers off and we’ll ride her quiet and we’ll see if she can hit the line.”
Mr Severino goes around in race two after running second for Newnham on debut at Newcastle three weeks ago. He tried to lead all the way but was just nabbed late after enduring a torrid run at times.
“He’s come on a little bit,” Newnham said. “It was a fairly weak maiden but he did a bit of work and the horse next to him in the running was a giant of a thing and ran into him a couple of times in the straight and it probably knocked the wind out of his sails.
“He’s a genuine horse who will get up on the pace.”
Star Magnum runs for the stable in race seven while Zain’s Girl has to beat stablemate Mr Cruise if she’s to win race four.
Zain’s Girl was consistent during her first racing preparation without winning but looks ready to go to another level as a late three-year-old this time in. She’s had two winning trials ahead of her first-up run and Josh Parr rides her from barrier three.
Josh Parr has the ride on Zain’s Girl at Wyong. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“She’s come back a bit stronger and I’m actually quite happy with her,” Newnham said. “She’s improved quite a bit and it looks like a nice race to kick her off in.”
The winning trial was to help give her a bit of confidence ahead of her first-up run.
“When they’re still maidens and only had a couple of starts you want to teach them to win and she did it without a lot of pressure,” Newnham said.
Mr Cruise has had a long time off and his two unplaced runs to date can be ignored.
He’s a three-year-old by Choisir who should be hitting the line late from off the speed.
“He’s always shown some ability and he’s had a throat operation since his last start and that was what was holding him back from doing his best,” Newnham said. “He’ll run well as he gets up in distance.”
Meantime, co-trainer Gary Moore is optimistic about Vanilla Sky ahead of her debut at Wyong.
The All Too Hard filly has been given three trials by Moore and co-trainer John and her latest was a very good winning one under Tommy Berry, who sticks with her in the 1350m Maiden Plate.
“We’ve been very patient with her, being a last foal. She’s shown good ability in her trials and her last trial was impressive,” Moore said. “She ran time and the horse that ran second in the trial (King Of Sparta) ran a close fourth in the Silver Slipper.
“He (Berry) was most impressed with the trial. She did everything right and showed great acceleration in the straight and hit he line with plenty in hand.”
Trainer Gary Moore has high hopes for first-starter Vanilla Sky at Wyong. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Vanilla Sky is out of Fullazz, who is also the mother of Rosehill Guineas (2000m) winner D’argento, so she’s got a bit to live up to.
The Moore’s have nominated her for the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) but are more than likely heading towards a softer target as they look for black-type with her during her first preparation.
“She’s worked well going into the race and I really like her. She’s got a lot going for her and she’s a half to D’argento so the pedigree is there,” Moore said.
“We’re thinking more the Queensland Oaks. She’ll go up to Queensland for a Queensland carnival preparation. I think she’ll run the 2200m. I think she’s got a bright future.”
But if she’s ever going to reach those heights she’s first got to run well on Thursday. And from barrier nine Moore thinks it’s best for Berry to be positive.
“I’ve always had the opinion, having trained a few All Too Hard’s, that they’re better when ridden on the speed and that’s how she’ll probably be ridden. We’ll leave it to Tommy Berry though,” he said.
Originally published asWyong preview: Why Bargain’s worth another chance
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