Winter Thorn hasn’t been seen at the races since September and will be making his Australian debut today, but I’m confident he’ll kick off his tenure with a win.
The Muhaarar entire has made five trips to the races for two placings, and ran into some above average gallopers during his time in the UK.
He has had the benefit of a couple of trials leading into this contest and looks ready to go.
The Ranvet Stakes was obviously a throw at the stumps and proved to be a bridge too far, but Cliffs Of Moher is certainly up to BM64 company at Newcastle.
The Adelaide gelding finished last, beaten thirteen lengths by Verry Elleegant at Rosehill last time out, but her returned some lovely efforts in races like this one prior, including a win over 1800m here.
He’s rock-hard fit and Kathy O’Hara can give him a good steer from barrier 7.
Tango Stepz has returned some competitive efforts back in this prep and looms as a winning chance in the sixth at Newcastle tonight, at a nice price.
The Sidestep mare filled the minors behind Leo in a Highway race at Randwick three starts back, progressing to a lovely win at Scone before finishing midfield at Wellington last time out.
She’s rock-hard fit and we can have an each-way play at the price.
This is a rise in class for Mix, but he couldn’t have been more impressive at Albury last time, and a race like this one looks the next logical step.
The Medaglia D’Oro gelding finished second, beaten a head by Canadian Spice at Kembla Grange when resuming and put paid to them last time out, winning by close to six lengths.
Fitter third-up, he can win again.