Mark Newnham is one of the best trainers in the country, but even he can get it wrong on occasions and he’s glad he only has to wait a week to try to win another Group 1 with Miravalle.
In the hours leading up to the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday, Newnham told stewards that Josh Parr would ride the filly forward. But it ended up costing her any chance of winning.
“We got the tactics wrong,” Newnham said. “Prior to the race we thought there was only two positions that she could possibly be in and one was outside the leader and the other was last.
“Once Joviality fired up inside us it forced us to press on.
“We were hoping we’d get to outside the leader a bit easier than what it worked out and as it turned out she was just out of her comfort zone and working too hard the whole race.”
Trainer Mark Newnham admitted he got the race tactics wrong with Miravalle in The Flight Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Newnham thinks rival trainer David Payne probably needs to thank him a little for Montefilia’s win in the Flight as she stormed home to beat Hungry Heart, as Miravalle faded to finish sixth.
“I thought it was winnable because the mile at Randwick would find out a few of those other fillies and it did but it just wasn't for us,” Newnham said.
“It may not have gone Montefilia’s way had we not injected the speed into the race. Had we gone back to last and took the speed out of race it might have been a totally different result.”
Miravalle gets another chance to win a Group 1 on Saturday at Royal Randwick in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
Newnham is chasing his third consecutive win in the race after Shadow Hero’s win in 2019 and Maid Of Heaven’s a year earlier, which was Newnham’s first Group 1 win as a trainer.
Miravalle is showing her trainer all the right signs that she’ll back up well and she’s rated a $15 hope in the race behind $3.50 favourite Montefilia.
Victorian visitor Cherry Tortoni is a $6 third favourite behind Montefilia and $3.70 hope Love Tap, who is undefeated in four runs, and took out the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) in dominant fashion a fortnight ago at Rosehill.
Flight Stakes winner Montefilia is the horse to beat in the Spring Champion Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“The feed bin is generally the best guide and she ate up on Saturday night and she’s eaten up every night since so she’s as bright as can be,” Newnham said.
“I’m confident she’ll be strong over the 2000m and she’ll be ridden with cover this time.
“I still think Montefilia is the horse to beat because she went super the other day.”
Greysful Glamour has firmed in from $17 to $13 for the Angst Stakes on Saturday while Blazing Miss is first-up in the last race on the card. Newnham said she’s ready to fire fresh.
“She trialled really well. Any time you’re matching motors with Spaceboy you’re going well and she’s a good horse,” he said.
FARNAN’S EVEREST SETBACK
Farnan’s Everest preparation was thrown into further disarray when the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott stable informed stewards on Wednesday that he was mildly lame in the off-fore foot.
The Golden Slipper winner was found to have bruising and was not entered in the Roman Consul Stakes this Saturday which was to be his final lead-up run before the $15 million race at Randwick on Saturday week.
The valuable colt is being treated with anti-inflammatory medication and Bott said the stable thinks the bruising will disappear quickly and Farnan won’t miss any work.
The stable will provide an update on his condition later in the week and he will have to pass a vet inspection prior to The Everest.
The news wouldn’t have impressed the punter who plonked $4500 on him at $17 on Wednesday to win The Everest. The barrier draw will be held next Tuesday night at Sydney Tower.
Farnan is racing the clock to be fit for The Everest. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
John Sargent was looking forward to running Favreau in Saturday’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes but will have to rely on a scratching to get a run. That’s because the rail in out six metres from the mile to the winning post and only 14 runners can line up in the race.
“It’s a shame he didn’t make the field because I thought he’d be hard to beat,” Sargent said.
Meantime, Alligator Blood will be on show in Sydney on Saturday and will start favourite in the $500,000 Silver Eagle.
The David Vandyke-trained Queenslander is a hugely popular figure in the sport and he’s targeting the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill later this month. He’s rated a $1.85 chance on Saturday after the withdrawal of highly promising Criaderas.
Everest contender Gytrash had a track gallop at Warwick Farm on Wednesday and showed he was right on target for the big race on Saturday week. He completed his last 600m in 34.29 seconds and looked good doing it.
An easy gallop for #TABEverest contender Gytrash today on the course proper at Warwick Farm with Noble Boy @racing_gordon pic.twitter.com/CeZ86xnZGF
Originally published asNewnham vows to right wrong after Flight error
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