Kris Lees produced another promising two-year-old at the back of the season at the Newcastle meeting on Tuesday. The Tenor is the juvenile in question and he was a street corner tip after a brilliant trial win and the fact that Brenton Avdulla was driving to Newcastle for one ride.
The colt was a $400,000 yearling purchase for Queenslanders Ron and Judy Wanless. He is the highest priced yearling sired by Your Song. On Tuesday, The Tenor stepped out in the 900 metre Hungerford Hill 2 YO Maiden Plate and he was backed from $2.15 into $1.75. Avdulla bounced him out of the barrier and he cruised along in front winning effortlessly by two lengths.
Avdulla was impressed “He was never really comfortable in front over the 900 but he is obviously a quality colt with a bright future. The Tenor will probably need 1400 or a bit further. Kris is producing some nice two-year old’s later in the season. Obviously, he has a good bunch of riders at home who are educating the horse well because they are going to the races and producing.” Avdulla said.
Local trainer Andrew MacDonald only has two horses in work and one of these, Our Lady Violet won the 1300 metre Maiden Plate on Tuesday. The former Victorian mare was having her third start for MacDonald after two close seconds at Taree and Scone. MacDonald is a horse breaker and has broken in Group 1 winners In Her Time and Deep Field.
The third Newcastle trained winner on the day was David Atkins five-year-old Chosen Prince in the 1600 metre Class 1 Handicap. Bred on the Central Coast by his owner Harvey Woodhouse, the gelding has been lightly raced and it was only his fourteenth start on Tuesday.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott landed a double on Tuesday. Tim Clarke rode both winners, Diamond Star Halo in the 2360 metre Top Cut Foods Class 1 & Maiden Plate and Fun Fact in the 1600 metre Advanced Pest Control Maiden Plate. Diamond Star Halo backed up from a Randwick placing the previous Saturday to vindicate her $1.22 price with and easy win. Fun Fact broke through for his first win in his fifth start when he led throughout after being backed into $1.55.
Once again, the Newcastle track played extremely well despite a heavy workload in recent weeks. Tuesdays meeting was the fourth in seventeen days on this track. The next Newcastle meeting is scheduled for August 11. There will be two meeting at Cessnock in the coming weeks on July 16 and July 31.