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Every Rose blooms in Light Fingers for Newnham

Every Rose (Choisir) has accounted for a field of classy fillies in a tough, on-paced resuming performance in the G2 Light Fingers S. at Randwick.

The Mark Newnham-trained 3-year-old was set a task after drawing the outside barrier 14, but was quickly taken to the front by Joshua Parr. From there, Parr was able to dictate the tempo and rated his mount perfectly.

The resuming Never Talk (No Nay Never {USA}) made for a thrilling finale, flashing home from the rear to finish a narrow second, in what Newnham described as “heart in mouth stuff”.

“I was very confident at the corner, it was just a matter of if her condition would hold up in today’s conditions,” Newnham said.

The half-sister to Saturday-performed Smartedge (Smart Missile) deserved to win after defying a horror gate and unsuitable track conditions, according to Newnham.

Issues overcome

He said that he was delighted to see her return to the races in great order, after battling with various niggles throughout last spring and in her juvenile season.

“All preparation Josh and I have been very confident in her and on Monday after her trial he came back with the biggest smile on his face like he had already won the race. Generally, when he’s like that you know you’re going to be hard to beat.”

Newnham confirmed that the likely next move will be toward the G1 Surround S., in hope that his galloper can replicate former stablemate Nakeeta Jane (So You Think {NZ}) in completing a rare double.

“I’d say that’s where we will be headed, but I’d say she would need to conserve a bit more energy,” he said.

“The 1400 metres at Randwick is a good on-paced race for these sorts of fillies and it would be nice if we could pull off another one.”


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