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Every Rose still ready to bloom in Magic Millions

Trainer Mark Newnham remains confident Every Rose will be peaking on Magic Millions day as he looks to Queensland for her final tune-up. Photo credit: Steve Hart The Choisir filly will head to Group III B.J McLachlan Stakes 2YO (1200m) on December 28 second-up after being beaten by Farnan in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Thursday. “She pulled up having a good blow and that’s probably expected being that far out from her grand final,” Newnham said. “I think she needed the run. Once Farnan got control of the race outside the leader he was going to be hard to get past. “She peaked on her run 80-100m out but she pulled up well. “A good 1200m in two weeks time will have her peaking on M

Portelli Keen To Make Up For Lost Time

There’ll be nowhere to hide for talented three-year-old Time To Reign in the new year as trainer Gary Portelli chases a stallion making Group 1 win with the well related colt. Time To Reign was a surprise starter at Monday’s Hawkesbury trials where he finished third in an 800m heat behind Cradle Mountain to kick off his preparation. Of course the colt missed the spring when he contracted a virus after his second trial and Portelli said he’ll resume in Melbourne in mid-January before working out the first Group 1 race to target. “It was a bit painful watching the whole spring disappear on us but he’s developed into a very strong horse,’’ Portelli said. “I wanted to give him an easy trial, the

Darby hoping Every Rose can bloom at Wyong on way to Magic Millions

This week promises to showcase the juvenile stocks of Darby Racing, with a trio of potential autumn carnival horses secured by the syndicator set at three different racecourses headed by Magic MIllions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) favourite Every Rose (Choisir). The Gimcrack Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m) winner, who is trained by Mark Newnham, will contest Thursday’s Wyong Magic MIllions 2YO Classic (RL, 1100m) while two colts are set to run at Randwick and Kembla Grange respectively. Scott Darby revealed yesterday that the Newnham-trained Codebreaker (Exceed And Excel) would kick off his racing career in a twoyear-old maiden at Kembla Grange while recent Ready2Race purchase Already Blessed (Better Than R

Group I winner returns to work at Warwick Farm

Group I winner Samadoubt is back on deck at Warwick Farm as trainer Bjorn Baker begins to plot an early autumn assault with his tough campaigner. The son of Not A Single Doubt arrived back in Baker’s stable this week after enjoying a short spell at the end of a successful spring. Samadoubt caused one of the biggest Group I boilovers in recent years during the spring when saluting at $41 in the Winx Stakes. He went on to add a Group II Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) to his name and Baker hopes to enjoy more success with the six-year-old in the New Year. “He looks great and we’re excited to have him back,” Baker said. “We want to hit the ground running with him and hopefully get the jump on them.”

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