February 3, 2016Looking Forward for Newhaven Park
January 29 – Promising trials at Randwick this morning for Newhaven Park flag bearers English and Peeping have the Kelly family looking forward to the Sydney Autumn Carnival, while the debut this Saturday of blue-blooded colt Pewter in the Group II ATC Canonbury Stakes also holds much interest.
Second to Vancouver in last year’s Golden Slipper, the Gai Waterhouse trained filly English has been off the scene since finishing sixth to Pride of Dubai in the Group I ATC Sires Produce Stakes.
The daughter of Encosta de Lago trialled twice in the spring, but connections elected to give her a longer break in the hope of reaping bigger rewards through patience.
She stepped out in an 839 metre trial against a star studded field of Group I winners including Cox Plate queen Winx and could not have been more impressive in surging home along the fence to win by more than three lengths over First Seal and Stay With Me.
Already a Group II winner, English looks primed to go to that next level with a plethora of options for the Newhaven Park homebred in coming months.
Four year-old Redoute’s Choice mare Peeping indicated her readiness to return to racing when finishing off well under a hold to finish second to Harlem River in her 839 metre heat.
The Ron Quinton trained mare won the Group II ATC Golden Pendant in the spring and looks primed for another good campaign.
The dams of English and Peeping, Court and Miss Marielle, both produced foals at Newhaven Park last spring.
Court delivered a filly by Redoute’s Choice and Miss Marielle had a colt by Sebring.
Newhaven Park will offer the current yearling from Miss Marielle, a More Than Ready (USA) colt at Inglis Easter as Lot 413.
Retained to race by Newhaven Park after passing in at Magic Millions last year, two year-old More Than Ready (USA) colt Pewter is ready to make his debut for the Clarry Conners stable.
Well educated with three promising trials under his belt, Pewter has drawn five and will be ridden by Jason Collett in the Group III ATC Canonbury Stakes.
He is the first foal of metro winning Redoute’s Choice mare Offer, a Newhaven bred daughter of former brilliant Group II winner Media, whose grand-dam Bravery won the rare Queensland Derby and Oaks double.
Offer has a yearling colt by High Chaparral (IRE) that will be offered by Newhaven Park as Lot 446 at Inglis Easter, while her dam Media also has a Fastnet Rock colt to be offered as Lot 396.
A good showing for Pewter would provide a significant pedigree update for both youngsters!