A treble to Central Coast jockey Josh Parr, an impressive win by boom Sydney 2-year-old Outrageous and success for local trainers Ken Lantry and Kris Lees were the highlights of Sunday’s Newcastle Jockey Club race meeting on the Newcastle Course Proper.
Parr kicked off the day with a lucky pick up ride on the Ken Moses trained Royalty Rising in the opening event the Newcastleracecourse.com.au Maiden (2300m). Moses only resumed training a couple of months back after a twelve-month suspension and Sunday’s win was his first since his return. Later in the day Parr piloted the heavily backed Invincible Gangsta to an easy win in the Sharp Electronics 3YO Maiden (900m).
The I am Invincible gelding is talented but wayward in the past and after a disappointing Gosford run on New Year’s Eve he was gelded. On the back of an encouraging Warwick Farm barrier trail on February 1, Invincible Gangsta was the subject of the biggest plunge of the day firming into $1.80. Parr gave the favourite the perfect run behind the leaders and he gave the horse the length of the straight to unwind. Invincible Gangsta won running away by close to two lengths. The three-year-old is trained by Kristen Buchanan and he was bred by former Newcastle Knights second rower, Darren Treacy who is a part owner.
Parr was certainly the punters pal when he completed his treble on the $1.85 favourite during the final event the Tyrrell’s Wines Maiden (1200m). The Godolphin three-year-old had been unplaced in his only previous starts but he was a different horse on Sunday with blinkers on for the first time. Potential Group 1, 2-year-old Outrageous had to work hard to notch up his initial win in the XXXX Gold 2 YO Maiden (1300m). A good thing beaten in his second start at Rosehill two weeks earlier, the colt was a $1.40 chance on Sunday.
Top jockey Dwayne Dunn flew in from Melbourne to ride Outrageous which is trained by the Hawkes family. As expected the colt was at the tail of the filed until the top of the straight where Dunn put him into a gap. The Godolphin 2-year-old Tin Hat had a good break on the favourite but Outrageous nailed him on the line. Dun said after the race that the winner would keep improving and was a Sires Produce – Champagne Stakes contender. Dunn heaped praise on the Newcastle track.
Ken Lantry’s mare, God I’m Hot resumed from an eight-month spell to give bookmakers a nice result in the 900 metre Newcastle Newmarket Friday 9 Class 1. Speedsters Second Island ($1.50) and Cheers Joyce ($3.30) were expected to dominate the race and the pair shared the lead until well into the straight. God I’m Hot was cruising behind the leaders in the straight and once clear she pounced at the ripe odds of the $26, the mare raced away to win by 1 ¾ lengths.
Seven-year-old All Summer Long had not won a race for 21 months until Sunday, when he blitzed the opposition to win the class 4 handicap (1500m) by 6 ¾ lengths. Formerly trained by part owner Greg Bennett and then Matthew Dunn, the gelding is now with Kris Lees.