VETERAN horseman Vaughn Newman broke a long drought from the winners’ circle earlier this week.
Triumphant at Globe Derby with lightly-raced youngster, Branson, Newman registered his first training victory in almost four years.
Newman’s previous success was with Fragmental in Port Pirie on December 14, 2019.
“It’s been a long time between drinks,” Newman said. “I haven’t been training that many and haven’t had a lot of starters, but it is good to get into the winners’ circle.
“It is as enjoyable as I remember.”
Driven “a treat” by Bernadette Page, Branson rated 2:00.8 over 1800 metres to break his maiden at his seventh start as Shewokeupthestars and One More Star filled the placings.
“He finally cracked it for a win, which was great to see,” Newman said. “I was confident he would run well, but he needed some luck and he got that.
“It worked out brilliantly for him and young Bernadette drove him a treat.”
Adopting the philosophy “you only get one shot at it”, Newman has decided to aim high with the son of Fly Like An Eagle, with his sights set on the SAHRC Derby on October 1.
Branson will then be readied for the South Australian Derby four weeks later and Southern Cross series in December.
“He’s probably not good enough, but he is only three once, so you’ve got to have a go,” Newman said. “He’s still green but I have ironed his manners out a little and hopefully he can keep improving.
“I think if he can learn to settle better he can sprint off a fairly good speed.”