Newcastle Newmarket Handicap 2012 – Shannara Out to Break Hoodoo

March 21, 2012

Newcastle Newmarket Handicap 2012 – Shannara Out to Break Hoodoo

History may be against Shannara in this afternoon’s 2012 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap in Sydney, but trainer Peter Snowden remains confident the conditions of the clash will suit his mare.

Peter Snowden

Peter Snowden will be dually represented in the 2012 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap this afternoon

A full-sister to 11 time Group 1 hero Lonhro, five-year-old Octagonal mare Shannara is one of 13 gallopers remaining in contention for the $125,000 Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) following the scratching of early favourite #4 Fast Clip.

Drawn in barrier 11, into 10, with Joshua Parr to ride Shannara is out to break the hoodoo of female racehorses in the race as the only Newcastle Newmarket Handicap winning mare since 1991 was Techinques in 1999.

Barrier statistics are also against her today with barriers one to four producing five of the past 10 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap winners.

Shannara races for the first time since her smart two and a half length victory over Title in the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1300m) at Hawkesbury back in early November and while she has never won first-up Snowden hopes that will change today.

“She’s coming up very well, the best she’s been,” Snowden said.

“She’s much stronger than before and I’m very happy with the way she’s done in her work.

“She’s just a stronger mare all over.”

The 1400-metres looks ideal for her, Shannara having won the Listed Dark Jewel Classic at Scone over the distance last May.

She has also twice ran a close second over 1400m first beaten a short half-head by Happy Hippy in the Listed HB Carr Stakes at Randwick in April 2010 and then behind Lovemelikerock in the Listed Angst Stakes at the same track that October.

In fact Shannara’s only bad run over 1400m was her ninth to Little Surfer Girl in last year’s Angst Stakes when she encountered an unsuitable Slow track.

“She’s quite forward for this race and the 1400-metres at Newcastle gives her the chance to run home,” Snowden said.

One thing that does have Snowden worried is the possible slow race tempo and the chance of a sit and sprint showdown.

“It’s a pretty solid race but the lack of tempo worries me a bit with Shannara,” Snowden said.

The horse Snowden most fears is the $3.80 bookmaker.com.au top elect He’s Remarkable, Roger James’ Kiwi visitor drawn in barrier five with Corey Brown to ride.

“He’s Remarkable races on the speed and looks the hardest to beat,” Snowden said.

“He’s drawn to get the right run.

“But Shannara is fit and well, her work has been good and she’s trialled quite nicely.”

Following today’s run Snowden is eying off the $175,000 Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 28 as the main autumn aim for Shannara.

“Shannara’s only lightly raced and has got better with age,” he said.

“There is no rush to send her to stud and if her form warrants it, she might keep racing for another season.”

Snowden will also be represented in this afternoon’s clash by #13 Adrolity, but out wide in barrier 12 the $51 bookmaker.com.au roughie is likely to be outclassed.

Think Shannara could beat home the boys this afternoon? Fancy the market mover He’s Remarkable to atone for their Railway loss? Or is it $41 roughie Straight Albert you are tipping for an upset?

Whatever your Newcastle Newmarket Handicap tips and selections are you are guaranteed to get the best prices for your selections online at bookmaker.com.au.

Only have a minute spare to place your bets? Experience bookmaker.com.au’s exclusive Quickbet service, it’s the fastest way to bet on the net!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Likely $2 million The Invitati...

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Win...

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Winner Entente Into The Metropolitan

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Entente was good third-up and fit...

2021 The Everest Field Update:...

2021 The Everest Field Update: The Inferno, Libertini Secure Slots

Two more sprinters have been locked into the 12-horse The Everest 2021 field...

The Everest Talks for 2021 Moi...

The Everest Talks for 2021 Moir Stakes Winner Wild Ruler

A decision to save Wild Ruler for a second-up run at The Valley paid off on...

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Day: R...

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Day: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

Golden Rose Stakes Day 2021 brings Group 1 racing back to Rosehill Gardens...

Horse Racing Today

Likely $2 million The Invitati...

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Win...

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Winner Entente Into The Metropolitan

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Entente was good third-up and fit...

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Day: R...

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Day: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

Golden Rose Stakes Day 2021 brings Group 1 racing back to Rosehill Gardens...

Moir Stakes Night 2021: Moonee...

Moir Stakes Night 2021: Moonee Valley Scratchings & Track Report

Night racing returns to The Valley this evening, Friday September 24, for 2021...

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes ...

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results: Sierra Sue Scores Upset Win

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained mare Sierra Sue returned to...

Race Results

Likely $2 million The Invitation Call-Up for 2021 Golden Pendant Winner Vangelic

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Winner Entente Into The Metropolitan

The Everest Talks for 2021 Moir Stakes Winner Wild Ruler

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results: Sierra Sue Scores Upset Win

Caulfield Cup 2021 Odds Firm on Naturalism Stakes Winner Nonconformist

Race Previews

2021 The Everest Field Update: The Inferno, Libertini Secure Slots

2021 Underwood Stakes Day: Sandown Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Day: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Moir Stakes Field & Odds Update

Zaaki Dominates 2021 Underwood Stakes Field & Betting

Fields & Form

2021 The Everest Field Update: The Inferno, Libertini Secure Slots

2021 Underwood Stakes Day: Sandown Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Golden Rose Stakes Day: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

Moir Stakes Night 2021: Moonee Valley Scratchings & Track Report

2021 Moir Stakes Field & Odds Update