John Sargent thinks Thursday is the day for Brash Sammy to win at Gosford.
The Statue Of Liberty three-year-old is thriving during his second preparations with a series of good runs but has yet to register a win this time in. He won a race during his first preparation and he can get his second victory in a Benchmark 68 Handicap (1900m).
“He needs to front up now and there should not be any excuses,” Sargent said. “He’s another one of my horses who is rock-hard fit and I’m really happy with him.”
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John Sargent said there will be no excuses for Brash Sammy at Gosford. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Sargent searched for an apprentice to lower the weight Brash Sammy has to carry and he’s booked Tyler Schiller, who is a 3kg claimer. The less weight will be vital.
“He’s an honest type and that’s his type of race with no weight on his back,” Sargent said. “He’s only got 52kg and he’ll be up on the speed and he’ll bowl around and give a good sight. I’d say he is my best chance because he’s really fit and it’s not a strong field.”
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Anakin Sykwalker runs earlier in the day for the Sargent stable, also in a 1900m race but it’s for maiden horses. The Choisir three-year-old ran third last start at Wyong over 2100m and has earlier form around La Tigresa.
“He’s a whacking type of stayer who is fit and hard,” Sargent said. “He’ll run on the speed and is a chance. He’s be right there and can win. The owners are dead-set Star Wars fans.”
Lovely Spirit is the other Sargent runner on Thursday in the sixth race and she’s first-up after just two short preparations to date. She’s had a trial when fourth over 742m at Randwick and Schiller will have to be at his best to get her over the line in first from a wide draw.
“She’s going to get up over a trip this preparation so this might be short of her best but she has to kick off and I couldn’t be a happier with her,” Sargent said.
Meanwhile, Mark Newnham has two runners going around at Gosford and while Shadow Colour is racing in consistent fashion, he’s in a tough race.
Sir Rocket and Jaytees look tough to beat but Shadow Colour will make them earn it. He’s yet to win from eight starts but has ran second on six occasions with a lone third placing.
Mark Newnham is hoping Shadow Colour has a change of luck at Gosford. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“He’s got a frustrating run on seconds going,” Newnham said.
“He actually raced really well the other day when he was beaten by one of my other ones who is actually quite a good filly so it wasn’t unexpected that he’d finish second to her.
“He settled in the run and tried hard and his turn is not far away.”
Destiny’s Son runs for Newnham in the last event, a Benchmark 64 Handicap (1100m), after making up ground last start over the same trip at Wyong which is always a good sign.
“He went well last start after being a bit disappointing in his first-up run. It’s just a matter or whether the 1100m is a touch too short,” Newnham said.
Thomas hopes Missile can fire
Cessnock trainer Luke Thomas is concentrating on Thursday’s Armidale meeting, but has a message to the remaining slot-holder without a horse in the Kosciuszko.
“I just want that slot-holder to know Asudem is ready to go,” Thomas said. “He was unlucky not to win at Hawkesbury last start.”
His best sprinter isn’t racing on Thursday and Spanish Missile is the stable’s leading contender in the second race on the card. He’s coming off a second placing last start at Port Macquarie and will be ridden by Kyle Wilson-Taylor from barrier eight.
“It looks like a nice race for him and Kyle is back on him after riding him twice for two wins, so hopefully he can keep that strike rate going,” Thomas said. “Armidale can be a tricky track for horses but he’ll be up on the speed somewhere.”
The five-year-old has had six starts at 1300m for no wins or placings and the furthest he’s won at is 1208m. But Thomas said that statistic was misleading.
Kyle Wilson-Taylor will ride Spanish Missile at Armidale.Source:News Regional Media
“It says he’s never done anything at 1300m, but he’s run some fifths when being out the back and made up good ground,” Thomas said. “I’ve got no question marks about him at 1300m. It’s a tight track too and he’s rock-hard fit.”
Run Callan Run, in race three, is a first starter for Thomas who feels the Excelebration three-year-old will go better than in a recent trial.
“He’s shown a fair bit in his track work and I quite like the horse,” he said. “I wouldn’t look too much into his trial. He was only out there for a stretch of the legs and he’s gone well in jump outs. The trip away will do him good and in six months’ time I think he’ll end up being a nice horse.”
Sir Piccolo returns for Thomas off a long break and he needs to come back with a better attitude.
“He’s got to pull his socks up,” Thomas said. “He promised the world when he was a two-year-old colt then he went shin sore and came back in not interested last preparation.”
Originally published asGosford, Armidale preview: Brash bid for glory
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