Newnham gets to d-day with his fillies in the Vinery Stakes

«When we put her out after she was third in the Flight Stakes I thought this would be the day where we found out how good she is,» Newnham said. «She did it on raw ability in the spring and I thought the way she was then the 2000m would be her best trip.

«She came back a different horse and she showed what a beast she is winning the Light Fingers and then the Surround.

«She is still showing us that the further she goes the better she is going to get. She’s really relaxing into the longer work but she will still have a turn of foot and that is a great mix.»

VRC Oaks runner-up Greysful Glamour and Scarlet Dream have had their preparation targeted at the Vinery Stakes as staying fillies and like Nakeeta Jane hold entries for both the Australian Derby and Australian Oaks.

«I think we will probably have one or two in the Derby but I’ll wait to see how they go on Saturday before making that decision,» he said. «They can all stay and the boys aren’t as strong as the fillies this year, we have seen that right the way along.


«It will come down to which one is better suited to the back-up and it is a way of splitting them as well.»

Nakeeta Jane sits at the top of Newnham’s trio but he has been impressed by the way Scarlet Dream has returned. She flew home late over 1400m and her third in the Kembla Grange Classic prompted a change in Newnham’s plans.

«Scarlet Dream beat the older horses last year and she has always looked like being a good staying filly,» he said. «She has been good running on from back in the field at both her runs and is a really progressive filly.

«I had actually marked her as an Adrian Knox filly but she deserves her chance at a group 1 after her run at Kembla and the extra trip will be in her favour.»

As Scarlet Dream closed hard at Kembla behind Pohutukawa two weeks ago, Greysful Glamour was down the track after being well beaten in the Light Fingers and Surround.

However she will make the running running on Saturday, a tactic she revelled in during the spring.

«She almost got away with the Oaks leading and she is a horse that likes getting things her own way,» Newnham said. «It is the first time we will ride her aggressively this prep on Saturday.»

Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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