SYDNEY-BASED stables should dominate in Newcastle this afternoon on a well-balanced seven-race program.
And it’s the state’s two leading stables that will provide most of the quality that will be on show.
Presently Craig Cross and KerryAnn Morris sit at the top of the premiership table but in an impressive first half of the season, Central Coast mentor Clayton Harmey is mixing it with them, recording 57 wins and 69 placings.
Harmey gained his biggest thrill at Tamworth recently, taking out the $50,000 Golden Guitar with his stable star Wet My Whistle and he is strongly represented in Newcastle.
All three stables will no doubt be eyeing off the New South Wales $Million Pace which will be run at Club Menangle on May 31, the series for Australian-bred pacers to be run throughout the state and carrying total prizemoney of $1.5million.
With 25 races being run on 14 tracks in each region, including the far western city of Broken Hill, which will kick off the series on May 3, preliminary heats are worth $5000.
Further heats of $10,000 will be run leading into $15,000 quarter finals and $10,000 consolations at the major tracks in each region.
Cross has two runners engaged at Newcastle , both will be handled by champion reinsman, Luke McCarthy, who recently reached a milestone, bringing up 2500 wins in the gig in what has been a superb career.
They will start the lightly-raced former New Zealander, Bomb Suit in race two, a colt which hasn’t been sighted at the races since he made a mess of the start in a heat of last year’s Gold Crown.
Still he does have two recent trials under his belt and was impressive in winning both.
Their second runner is Longnwindingroad (Race Five), which joined the stable in January, has been close to the placings in three Menangle runs.
KerryAnn and Robbie Morris will take five horses to Newcastle, all of which are firmly in the markets.
Their best appears to be Robyns Major in race seven, a three-year-old filly which has had just one start for the Morris stable since coming from New Zealand where she was a Rangiora winner on December 22 last year.
Her one run was at Penrith on February 6 when she led and was surprisingly run down, beaten a neck by Semi Sensation.
- MICHAEL DUMESNY