Newnham Eyeing Victoria Derby for 2019 Spring Champion Stakes Winner Shadow Hero

October 12, 2019

Newnham Eyeing Victoria Derby for 2019 Spring Champion Stakes Winner Shadow Hero

The feature race of the day lived up to the hype on Saturday at Randwick as trainer Mark Newnham claimed a second consecutive Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) victory with classy three-year-old Shadow Hero.

The gelding by Pierro was installed as the favourite when fields were announced earlier in the week and it didn’t take long to see why.

In the early stages, Shadow Hero sat three-wide before daylight opened up down the straight. All eyes were on the leader Just Thinkin’ along the rails with 200m to go, right before Shadow Hero stormed down the middle of the track to win by a length at the line.

Shadow Hero is now the odds-on Victoria Derby favourite following Saturday’s Spring Champion Stakes win. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

It was a gutsy win from Shadow Hero on Saturday after claiming the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill a fortnight prior – especially with Castelvecchio looming alongside.

Jockey Josh Parr did a great job staying patient with just over a furlong remaining and spoke after the race about the late challenge.

“He had a good crack at me late and this guy pinned his ears back and stuck I out for me. He’s a classy animal prepared beautifully by Mark Newnham and his team at Warwick Farm,” Parr said.

Newnham won last year’s Spring Champion Stakes with Maid Of Heaven but didn’t hold back when asked how much Shadow Hero’s win meant.

“It was pretty special. Last year we came here as a 10/12-1 chance and you give yourself a chance of winning. Here we were expected to win. I’ve thought for the last 3 months that this is the race for him. It’s just terrific that the plan has come together,” Newnham said.

The plan now is for Shadow Hero to head to the Victoria Derby (2500m) for another shot a Group 1 glory. Following Saturday’s win, Shadow Hero has since firmed into $3.00 favouritism with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of the race on November 2.

“He’s good enough, I’ve thought it for a long time so there’s no point in me backing out now,” Newnham said when asked on what’s next.

Full 2019 Victoria Derby Odds can be viewed here.

2019 Spring Champion Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 SHADOW HERO Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2 56.5kg $1.90F
2 1 CASTELVECCHIO Richard Litt Brenton Avdulla 1L 7 56.5kg $3.10
3 10 BATTENBURG (NZ) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 1.1L 1 56.5kg $41
4 3 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.3L 10 56.5kg $8
5 4 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Nash Rawiller 3.6L 4 56.5kg $13
6 8 SIRMAZE Jason Coyle Adam Hyeronimus 5.3L 8 56.5kg $101
7 7 SCICONIC Richard & Michael Freedman Glen Boss 5.9L 5 56.5kg $101
8 9 PERSAN David Payne Glyn Schofield 6L 3 56.5kg $51
9 11 RENT A ROCK Danny Williams Robbie Dolan (a) 10.4L 6 56.5kg $201
10 5 RHAEGAR Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Collett 22.3L 9 56.5kg $71
11 6 DUMMY RUN David Payne Martin Harley 23.4L 11 56.5kg $151

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