Mark Newnham looking for a dry runway in Randwick for Skymax and Shadow Crush

Mark Newnham is hoping the good Christmas weather will allow Skymax and Shadow Crush to show their best.

Coach Mark Newnham’s Christmas wish was to improve the track as he prepared Skymax and Shadow Crush for the Royal Randwick reunion on Boxing Day.

The tough Skymax is Newnham’s top prospect in the $ 160,000 Group 3 Summer Cup (2,000m).

Skymax, the $ 61 row underdog, is close to top form, but Newnham said the former Englishman’s campaign is frustrated with wet tracks.

“Randwick played really well with just a day without the rain so I still hope the track improves for the Summer Cup,” said Newnham.

“Due to the wet weather he hasn’t raced since early November and I have to give him a start to get him ready for the Australian Day Cup.

“The 2000m is far from its best, we may have to run it at the back of the course. He can sustain a good gallop, this is where he is at his best.

Newnham is more optimistic about the chances of Shadow Crush ($ 10) which is in reserve for eight days in the Hyland Race Colors Handicap (1200m).

“Shadow Crush is doing really well and he’s the third winner in his last two preps,” Newnham said.

“He ran really well last week, maybe he just ran a little cool with no cover. But this race, back to a benchmark of 78, is a very good setup for him and with an improving track I would be really confident about his chances.


Best barriers at Royal Randwick in the past 3 years (in order of winning)

1100m: 5,3,4,6

1200m: 7,6,1,8

1400m: 2,6,9,1

1600m: 4,3,6,2

1800m: 1,4,2,5

2000m: 2,1,5,7

Race 1: Snitcat $ 15 to $ 9.50, Mills $ 11 to $ 6.50 to $ 5.50

Race 2: Anethole $ 8- $ 7 with a stake of $ 1,000 to $ 7.50, Casino Lord $ 4- $ 3.60- $ 3.50 with a stake of $ 1,200 to $ 3.90

Race 3: No big bets or market movements to note

Race 4: Made By Khan $ 5 unchanged after bet $ 500 to $ 5, $ 400 to $ 5

Race 5: Zegalo $ 13- $ 8- $ 6 with bets $ 250 / $ 500 e / w at $ 10 / $ 3, $ 1000 at $ 6.50, Niffler $ 4.20- $ 3.50 with bets $ 400 to $ 4, $ 1,200 to $ 3.60

Race 6: Steel Diamond $ 18- $ 14- $ 11 with bets $ 1,000 / $ 2,000 e / w at $ 13 / $ 4, $ 500 at $ 11, Lady Of Luxury $ 12- $ 7.50- $ 7 with bets of $ 600 to $ 12, $ 600 to $ 10

Race 7: Stockman $ 3.60 to $ 3.80 with bets $ 400 to $ 3.90, $ 1,000 to $ 3.80, $ 500 to $ 3.80, Ho Ho Khan $ 26 to $ 19 to $ 17 , Criaderas $ 6 to $ 5.50 with a bet of $ 500 to $ 6

Race 8: Tamerlan $ 4.20 – $ 3.80 with bets $ 700- $ 4.20, $ 667- $ 4, $ 4000- $ 3.80, Super Effort $ 14- $ 11- $ 10

Race 9: Holyfield $ 9.50 to $ 10 with bets of $ 2,500 / $ 3,000 e / w at $ 10 / $ 3.20, I Am Vinnie $ 51 – $ 12 with bets of $ 500 to $ 26, 1 $ 000 to $ 21, $ 300 / $ 200 e / w to $ 21 / $ 6, $ 625 to $ 17, $ 1,375 to $ 14, Blesk $ 5.50 to $ 4.80, Black Duke $ 16 to $ 7.50 to $ 8 with bets of $ 500 to $ 14, $ 500 to 11, $ 1,000 to $ 9

Race 10: Saltpeter $ 34 – $ 41 – $ 31 – $ 26 after a bet of $ 3,000 / $ 4,000 and at $ 41 / $ 11, Waihaha Falls $ 5.50 – $ 4.80 with a $ 4,000 at $ 5 , Otyrar $ 8 – $ 6.50 after bets of $ 500 to $ 7, $ 5,000 to $ 6.50, $ 750 to $ 6.50, $ 500 to $ 6.50

Race 3: 4.5.6
Race 4: 1,3,7,10
Race 5: 1.7.10
Race 6: 1,5,7,9


Race 7: 1,3,7,9

Race 8: 7,8,9,13

Race 9: 5.6.8

Race 10: 2,4,5,12


I am Vinnie (race 9) has four “duck eggs” next to his name this campaign but punters aren’t worried about his recent form but go for his Randwick 1400m record where he is unbeaten in two attempts. I Am Vinnie was heavily backed $ 51- $ 12 with bets $ 500- $ 26, $ 1,000- $ 21, $ 300 / $ 200 e / w at $ 21 / $ 6, $ 625- $ 17 and $ 1,375 to $ 14.


Mills (race 1) is a filly trained by Team Hawkes by quadruple champion stallion Snitzel, descended from Muzyka whose peak performance was her third in the Wakeful Stakes. Mills’ second dam is a sister to Galileo de Mahler, Aidan O’Brien’s Melbourne Cup setter. Mills was ready for today’s debut with a 900m event at Rosehill Gardens 12 days ago and as she finished fifth out of 10 there was a lot to like about her performance.

And we danced (race 10) has generated considerable interest in the final race as she is a rookie of Chris Waller from New Zealand. Daughter of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote, Waller’s filly has come a long way in a short space of time, winning a maiden in Hastings on her first start before an honorable sixth of 14 in Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas two departures later. And We Danced went to the line with a lot to offer when he finished third in his 900m series at Rosehill Gardens on December 14.


anethole (race 2) is a former Godolphin gelding by Exceed And Excel from their Kindergarten Stakes winner Anise who also happens to be a granddaughter of Twiglet. Anethole was stationed at Tamworth with Cody Morgan for the latter half of his career and has become a regular competitor on the highway with varying degrees of success. Anethole was wiped out of a home race on Monday this week with the Boxing Day freeway in mind. Renowned or his ‘barnstorming’ finish, Anethole was true to form when he came home from last to be narrowly beaten in a deep Class 2 at home on November 30 in a quick 1,000m race (57, 50 s).

Outlandos (race 6) has 20 starts to his name, the last three of them under the responsibility of John Sargent. The son of the former Australian Horse of the Year dissident, first enjoyed this preparation at 1800m when he refueled from the 600m to finish second behind Dhakuri (who also races here) on the track. of Kensington. Hugh Bowman “sticks” for the third time in a row today, no doubt confident in his steed’s prospects now that he’s cleared the 2000m on a wider track.


Tamerlane (race 8) was ridden cautiously at the start of his wide barrier, then charged through the field from the last corner only to narrowly miss El Buena on the restart at Rosehill. While his second record is a slight concern, his comeback effort suggests he’s gone for a good campaign. Pulled wide and expected to give most of them a start right off the turn, but he has a powerful finish.


Pentacost (race 10) made a strong impression by winning his young daughter on her debut at Newcastle. He’s facing a major climb in rank to get into a landmark 72 in town but he looks a very progressive guy. Take on smart and seasoned rivals including Waihaha’s favorite falls, but the $ 9 is appealing.


R7: Summer cup (1200m)

Richard Haynes (Sky Sports Radio): “The Summer Cup is the shock of some fit horses. I liked Stockman at Villiers a fortnight ago, he ran well and with the prospect of rain, I’m happy to stay strong here. The 2000m at Randwick looks perfect, but it will have some challengers. Polly Gray is classed in this rank, if the track is smooth it will only increase her chances. Criaderas stretches for the first time to 2000m, the way he touches the line gives the impression that he will be at the finish again.

Glenn Munsie (Sky Thoroughbred Central): “Stockman is doing well this time around and would have appreciated the 40mm of rain during the week. Giving it all in the ground will help. In desperate search of the 2000m, a distance he has won twice. It’s only his fourth round this time around, so improvements are still to come.

Michael Sullivan (bookier): “Stockman looks set to take fourth place. The fence sections were amazing so I’m looking for the 2000m and it’s one for one this course and this distance.

Andrew Georgiou (TAB): “Stockman looks set to break through after his fourth against Brutality a fortnight ago.”

Verdict: Stockman

R8: Hyland Race Colors Hcp (1200m)

Richard Haynes (Sky Sports Radio): “I thought Super Effort might be ready to run well here. This gelding trained by Ryan and Alexiou has a lethal record in first position, I can see him chasing speed and being hard to keep up late at good odds. The favorite, Tamerlan, is doing well now. Also beware of the Animate top weight. He’s on his blinders again and his recent trial has shown some intent. “

Glenn Munsie (Sky Thoroughbred Central): “A fairly homogeneous group with the track conditions will be the key, as always. Tamerlan wants it better than it is (soft 7) which it should be. Huge long effort first and bad draw again, so it will come from the tail with Hughie Bowman on board.

Michael Sullivan (bookier): “Super Effort is attracting attention here with a double-digit rating. Has some good SP / runs in the last city preparation and has a good fresh record. Well tried and pulled for a good run.

Andrew Georgiou (TAB): “The jackpot has come for Tamerlan.”

Verdict: Tamerlan

R9: Chandon Garden Spritz Hcp (1400m)

Richard Haynes (Sky Sports Radio): “Snippy Fox absolutely flies. A drop in rank means she has to grab 59 kg but there is no reason why she shouldn’t pick up speed and be very difficult to catch up with. Blesk is in great shape. form, gets Hugh Bowman and Blinkers again, but the wide draw might make things difficult. Southern Lights is an interesting construction watch, and I Am Vinnie seems to know when it’s the Randwick 1400m, he’s undefeated on the track and the distance!

Glenn Munsie (Sky Thoroughbred Central): “Pretty excited for Snippy Fox after two wins this time around. She climbs 6kg but drops from BM88 to 78 here, but she’s a winner. Any rain will help.

Michael Sullivan (bookier): “Snippy Fox can continue to win. Best suited for mine at 1400m and gets a perfect card here for Jay Ford.

Andrew Georgiou (TAB): “The price of I Am Vinnie ($ 51 – $ 12) has been reduced. Black Duke has also been speckled.

Verdict: Snippy Fox

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