Trainer Mark Newnham is convinced Sneaky Paige has the natural ability to be competitive at stakes level which augurs well for the filly’s chances to break her maiden in the Darley Supporting Catwalk Plate (1100m) at Kensington on Wednesday.
“I think Sneaky Paige will end up being a stakes class filly either this preparation or next, more than likely in the autumn,’’ Newnham said. “She has good ability.’’
Sneaky Paige was backed into favouritism on debut and still gave a glimpse of her emerging potential despite chasing home the speedy Sky Command at Warwick Farm three weeks ago.
Sky Command has since stepped out in Saturday class and maintained her unbeaten record with a runaway win at Randwick to underline the strength of the form.
“I was disappointed Sneaky Paige didn’t win at her first start,’’ Newnham said.
“But the way that other filly (Sky Command) came out and won again it has certainly franked the form.
“Sneaky Paige does have a great constitution and has come out of that first race really well.
Sky Command made the form of Sneaky Paige look good with an impressive win at Rosehill Gardens. Picture: Mark Evans – Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“She has always been able to gallop and this does look a very good race for her.’’
Sneaky Paige is at $5.50 in latest TAB Fixed Odds betting for the Kensington race where Godolphin’s blueblood filly Laurelin, a full-sister to Kementari, is the $2.80 favourite.
The Newnham stable is chasing a juvenile double to open the Kensington meeting with Dickson Horse lining up in the Admire Mars at Arrowfield Plate (1100m).
Dickson Horse might be over the odds at $12 – another Godolphin youngster Brigantine is favourite at $3.30 – as Newnham said his grey colt has gained considerable benefit from his debut fifth to smart types In The Congo and Verne at Kensington nearly two months ago.
“When we ran Dickson Horse, he was still very new,’’ Newnham said.
“In most of his trials he had been on the outside but in his race debut he drew barrier one and was intimidated more than anything.
“I thought he still ran well enough but then he had a bit of a setback hence the gap between runs.
‘He’s had a nice trial in between when he got out and showed a bit of speed.’’
Dickson Horse, who is a half brother to speedy filly Mildred, was an impressive barrier trial winner at Randwick 12 days ago convincing Newnham the colt was ready to go back to the races.
Newnham also has the handy Escape Artist entered for the Vinery Stud Handicap (1100m).
Escape Artist defeated the promising Kinloch when resuming over the Kensington 1100m course and Newnham said the filly has had legitimate excuses in two starts since when unplaced at Rosehill and Warwick Farm.
“She has actually been going really well but has had no luck at her last couple where she has been drawing wide and having to go right back,’’ Newnham said.
“But she has good ‘Kenso’ form which helps, the distance suits as does the better draw and a drying surface.’’
Escape Artist is being kept safe in latest betting at $7.50 with the Chris Waller-trained Irish Angel favourite at $3.30.
Harmony Rose is gearing up for an ambitious spring. Picture: Mark Evans – Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Newnham also revealed stable star Harmony Rose is back in work at his Randwick stables and will be ready to barrier trial in about three weeks time ahead of an ambitious spring campaign which she will be aimed at the $1.5 million Epsom Handicap, $2 million The Invitation and $7.5 million Golden Eagle.
“I’m looking at going to the Epsom after she runs in race a like the Tibbie Stakes,’’ Newnham said.
“The Golden Eagle is the obvious target as she will be a four-year-old and with the chance to run for that sort of money, we would be mad if we don’t go there.
“The Invitation is the week before and if Harmony Rose did get an invite I don’t think we will be saying no.’’
Originally published asKensington Preview: Sneaky Paige is primed
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