The racing action in Newcastle is top class this week with four black-type features to run over the next two days including the Spring Stakes 2012 on Wednesday where Spring Champion Stakes-bound Proisir has opened the odds-on favourite.
Due to jump as Newcastle Race 6 at 4:05pm this year’s edition of the $175,000 Coca-Cola Spring Stakes (1600m) drew a final field of just eight three-year-olds, the hot favourite of which is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Proisir.
Drawn ideally on the rails in barrier on with Nash Rawiller engaged the smart Choisir colt is out for their third career win from as many starts.
They successfully debuted with a one and three quarter length win at Hawkesbury over 1200m back in August before racing 31 days later to score an even more impressive two and a half length victory over Norzita in a 1400m Benchmark 69 at Rosehill, ridden by Rawiller both times.
Their big Sydney Spring Racing Carnival aim is the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2100m) at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, October 6, for which they are also the early favourite paying around $4.60 in the futures markets.
Waterhouse will also be represented in the 2012 Spring Champion Stakes by Sumarand ($11) who has drawn the extreme outside gate and will be ridden by Tommy Berry, the More Than Ready colt having run a good fifth beaten only one and a half lengths by Tatra in the Listed Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Warwick Farm on September 8.
There are two other horses aside from the favourite currently at single-figures to win the Newcastle Spring Stakes on Wednesday with Peter Snowden’s Commands gelding Proverb ($6), who was beaten a short half-head in the Ming Dynasty first-up, and the Anthony Cummings-trained Redoute’s Choice colt Shawano ($7) looking to break their maiden status.
The only other notable hope is then Limes ($13), also from the Snowden stables, who ran third to champion colt Pierro in the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) last season.
Commands colt Limes won first-up at Gosford back on August 26 but was disappointing last time out when eighth in the Ming Dynasty, Snowden to add winkers to their gear to help them come on.
“If the real Limes turns up I’d have him in front of Proverb,” Snowden said.
“But if he does what he did the other day (in the Ming Dynasty Quality) I’d be going for the other horse.
“I can’t fault his work. There is nothing wrong with him on the track and physically looking at him,” Snowden said.
“It’s just a bit of application to his job I think he’s lacking, and being a colt they can get a bit quirky.
“I’m hoping the winkers are all he needs to get that out of him.”
Allan Denham’s Mount Nebo ($31) in gate two, the John Thompson-trained Trophies ($1010) in barrier three and Danehill Dancer filly Newcastle Miss ($151) in seven then round out the Spring Stakes field and markets.
The other feature race at Newcastle tomorrow is then the $150,000 Group 3 Patinack Farm Cameron Handicap (1500m) where Kontiki Park ($3.70) and Lightinthenite ($4) are the early favourites.
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2012 Spring Stakes Odds
Newcastle Race 7 – 4:40pm – 19/09/2012
|4||MOUNT NEBO (2)||31.00|
|8||NEWCASTLE MISS (7)||151.00|
*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change