“Then we hope Quackerjack can draw a barrier in the Villiers. We have good chances in some big summer races this week.”
Newnham arrived in Hong Kong last Saturday to the news Invictus Salute had won over the Rosehill 1100m. The seven-day back-up works for her and is necessary.
“She is a real short-course specialist and there aren’t many of these types of races coming up,” Newnham said. “The back-up was always going to come down to how she pulled up from last week and the boys are very happy with her.
“It was a nice phone call to get last Saturday and hopefully she can do it again.
“You know what you are going to get from her: she will jump and sit up on the speed and really give a good kick when it counts.
“She started out as quite a small two-year-old but she has really developed and we are seeing the finished product now.”
Invictus Salute jumps in grade from last Saturday, but gets a little bit of weight relief and Rachel King stays in the saddle.
Newnham is also looking forward to her three-year-old half-brother Splintex returning next week after he didn’t come up for the spring.
“He is pretty similar to her in that he has developed into a strong horse now and he looks a lot like his old man – Snitzel,” Newnham said. “He is going to have a short summer prep and we might look towards a short-course race during the autumn with him.”
The stable’s day starts with two-year-old Mrs Maisel, which blew the start at Kembla Grange on debut when second to Destination.
“She should have won at Kembla it was all her own doing why she didn’t win. When the gates opened she went left and that was it for her chances,” Newnham said.
“She finished it off really well and will be better for that experience, we are just hoping she doesn’t go left again.
“It is a bit of concern because she has drawn the outside gate again, but as long as she can jump well I can see her sitting outside Hinchbeast and testing him.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald