Mark Newnham didn't even give a second thought to Black Magnum's first-up defeat being a result of jockey error and says his highly-rated apprentice Tom Sherry is still equipped to be a force in Sydney. On his first day as a junior rider at metropolitan level, Sherry walked away from the races disappointed after Newnham's promising sprinter Black Magnum was severely hampered at a rails-biased Kensington meeting. The interference almost certainly cost Black Magnum another city success, which would have capped a long range plan for the horse to provide Sherry's first winner in town. But Newnham, the former jockey who has taken an active role in tutoring the next generation of riders, didn't dw
Trainer Mark Newnham is hoping Black Magnum and Fulmina can start the 2020-21 season on a winning note for his stable at Randwick. Trainer Mark Newnham believes he can start the 2020-21 Australian racing season on a winning note at Randwick as he looks to continue improving on his stable's results in the next 12 months. Newnham has Black Magnum and Fulmina entered for separate races at Randwick on the opening day of the new season and he rates both strong chances in benchmark races. The 2019-20 season, which ends on Friday, has been Newnham's best yet having prepared 65 winners including eight Group race wins highlighted by Shadow Hero's two Group Ones in the Spring Champion Stakes and Randw
One of the standout two year-olds offered at the Inglis Ready 2Race Sale last year showed at the Warwick Farm trials this morning that he might now be ready to deliver on promise.
Choisir colt Malkovich was bought by Darby Bloodstock for $240,000 at the Inglis Ready 2Race Sale last year from the draft of Woodpark Stud, who had pinhooked him from Inglis Classic for $85,000.
Connections were hoping for a quick return when they sent him out first up in the $1million ATC Golden Gift, but after showing good pace he faded to finish sixth of 14 behind Dame Giselle and has been off the scene since then.
Turned out in top order this morning by Bjorn Baker, Malkovich showed the brilliance that made
Gary Portelli remains convinced Time To Reign can turn around an inglorious first-up performance and put his racing career back on track.
A stakes-winning two-year-old and half brother to Group One winner She Will Reign, Time To Reign has competed just twice since finishing fifth in the 2019 Golden Slipper. His most recent appearance at Rosehill last month was forgettable when jockey Glen Boss was caught back and wide off a slow speed and Time To Reign travelled fiercely before trailing home behind the field.
"He was in no-man's land, there was nothing he could do," Portelli said.
"The horse basically went through the first 600 on one breath and by the time he straightened up he was a spe
Gary Portelli was disappointed when officials called off the midweek meeting at Warwick Farm over a COVID-19 scare, but not because he disagreed with their decision. Portelli figured he had found the perfect race for wet-track specialist Dio D’Oro, who despite his consistency has struggled to win since stringing together three successive victories as a two-year-old. “I actually thought he was a certainty at Warwick Farm in that 1400-metre race and I was more disappointed they called it off for his sake,” Portelli said. “With the track conditions we were going to get, home track 1400, I just thought it was a matter of sit and steer and he would have won. “He has to go into a Saturday race now
Trainer Mark Newnham couldn’t have scripted it any better – a wet track and good speed up front – for Black Magnum’s first-up assignment at Kensington on Saturday. And given he freely admits he’s long planned for Black Magnum to provide his boom apprentice Tom Sherry a dream introduction to metro racing how the TAB Live Vision Handicap (1000m) is shaping up is going to that script. Genuine speed from the likes of Witherspoon, Rosina Kojonup and Spaceboy appears to provide a platform for a swooper and Black Magnum, $4.20 second favourite with TAB, has the record to suggest he could be that swooper. But Newnham said as much as he’s tried to control the four-year-old’s destiny it’s now up to ho
After a successful season and weeks of planning, Team Sherry makes its city debut on the Kensington track at Randwick on Saturday. While young Irishman Tom Sherry will be the name beside five rides at what has become his home track, he knows his quick rise has come as much because of his mentors. “I didn’t come here to ride [in races] – I just wanted to ride trackwork – but then I saw an opportunity,” Sherry said. “When a chance to do an apprenticeship was there, I took it, but I didn’t really have high expectations. “If I tell the truth, I didn’t think I would be in Sydney. I'm very lucky to have had great help.” Sherry was signed up by Mark Newnham and was an immediate success in country r