Oaks Plan for Hinchinbrook Filly

Last year Mark Newnham won the $60,000 Kennedy Oaks Trial at Flemington with classy staying filly Greysful Glamour and on Wednesday at Flemington he won the same race again, this time with her three year-old half-sister Celestial Falls. The Hinchinbrook filly won her final start last season over 1550 metres at Randwick, prompting her trainer to look towards the spring and a possible VRC Oaks campaign. Tackling 1800 metres second up for this assignment, she led all the way for Tim Clark to score by more than a length and has now two races and placed twice from five starts earning over $90,000 in prizemoney. "It wasn't the plan to lead but once she was a little bit fresh early, Tim did the

Hoping for repeat

Trainer Mark Newnham and jockey Tim Clark have a second Kennedy Oaks Trial at Flemington in their sights after success in last year’s edition with Greysful Glamour (Stratum). Twelve months on and it’s her half-sister Celestial Falls (Hinchinbrook) their hopes rest with at Flemington on Wednesday. "This is a good opportunity to give her a look around at Flemington at a good distance for her,” Newnham said. “Hopefully, we end up there on Oaks day." Celestial Falls has won once from four appearances and confirmed her trip to Victoria with a last-start second on the Kensington track.

Breednet Follows the Sydney 2YO Trials

HEAT 6 FASTEST FILLY 50.08 – Darby Racing have enjoyed Group I success in recent years with star fillies She Will Reign and Yankee Rose and look to have a another nice prospect in flashy chestnut Choisir filly Every Rose, who extended beautifully when asked to surge home with ears pricked to win by more than a length. Trained by Mark Newnham, Every Rose was a $160,000 Magic Millions purchase for Darby / De Burgh Equine from the Tyreel Stud draft and has a women's only syndicate of owners that will be dreaming of the MM 2YO Classic in January after this promising trial win. Every Rose is a half-sister to two metropolitan winners being from Couredge, a half-sister by Show a Heart to Group II w

Samadoubt going for hat-trick at Randwick

Bjorn Baker has started the season better than any other since he took up training in Sydney after a stint with his father Murray in New Zealand. The flag bearer for his Warwick Farm stable has been surprise packet Samadoubt who is so far a Group One and Group Two winner from two starts this campaign. The six-year-old frontrunner who stepped up in the Winx Stakes before taking out the Chelmsford, runs in Saturday's Group One George Main Stakes with the variable that it is likely to be on rain-affected ground. Samadoubt has had four starts in the wet for one second but that was before he found his current form. "He's in great order. I couldn't be happier with him," Baker said. "He's doing eve

Samadoubters silenced with a nod and a Winx to the best

When Samadoubt won the Canberra Cup earlier in the year, Bjorn Baker thought that would be a career moment, but he is developing into the best cup winner from the nation’s capital since Super Impose in 1992. Those who thought Samadoubt’s Winx Stakes victory was an aberration first-up were put in their place as he gapped a classy field in the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. Baker admitted he looked at the Cox Plate after the Winx Stakes for Samadoubt, a race that Super Impose won after his Canberra Cup success in 1992. “We didn’t put him in it and it is 200 grand for a late entry, so we won’t be going there,” Baker said. “Gee I wish I had him in it, because he has gone to another l

Tim Clark and Samadoubt - A Dynamic Duo!

The mindset of jockeys changed from the time video race replays became available in the 1970’s. In the pre video era a jockey could put in a “shocker” and it was soon forgotten by form students. In the 1950’s, the legendary George Moore went to great personal expense to have Sydney metropolitan races filmed for his own use. He was the only one doing it and it gave him a huge advantage over rival jockeys. Moore and other top jockeys won many races by making surprise moves. If they got beaten they were spared the backlash from those who’d watched the replay a dozen times. They had nothing to lose by taking a throw at the stumps. In recent decades Australian jockeys have lacked the flair of

Samadoubt silences doubters with runaway win in Chelsmford Stakes

“Unless Winx had returned, nothing was going to run him down.’’ This was jockey Tim Clark’s accurate summation of Samadoubt’s dazzling win in the Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Samadoubt proved his shock win in the Group 1 Winx Stakes two weeks ago wasn’t a fluke when he led most of the way and dominated his rivals in the feature weight-for-age race. Clark was so far in front he was even able to have a long look over his left shoulder just inside the final 100m before easing down on Samadoubt as the chestnut streaked home more than three lengths clear of his rivals. “Amazing, he’s just gone to a new level this time in,’’ Clark said. “He was a lot mo

Can Samadoubt repeat his Winx Stakes heroics?

Trainer Bjorn Baker sees no reason why Samadoubt can’t emulate his Group I heroics in Saturday’s Group II Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. Samadoubt completed one of the biggest upsets in recent Group I history last month when the son of Not A Single Doubt led all the way to claim the Winx Stakes at $31 odds. Punters won’t get anywhere near those odds in the Chelmsford Stakes, where Samadoubt is an $8.50 chance with He will meet several of the conquered brigade from the Winx Stakes in this week's weight-for-age contest including favourite Avilius ($2) and Group I winner Unforgotten ($8). When questioned if he thought Samadoubt could repeat his Winx display on the weekend Ba

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