$1 million colt King broke through for his official win in the Hungerford Hill Maiden (900m) at Tuesday’s race meeting at Newcastle Racecourse. The son of Written Tycoon defied a betting draft ($2.90 to $4.40) to beat his stable mate Calipari ($3.70) by 1 ¾ lengths.
The heavily backed favourite Pluma ($4 to $2.80) finished fifth after being last to leave the barriers. Kings’ trainers Peter and Paul Snowden sent the colt to Flemington for his debut run in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. He led them up before fading to beat two home. The two-year-old was again run down when fourth in his second start at Gosford in November. King resumed from a spell on Anzac Day when runner up to the smart Pretty In Pink at Gosford. After sitting outside the speedy Shadow Bridge, King raced away to win impressively on Tuesday.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy completed a double on King after guiding the Chris Waller trained three-year-old to victory in race two the E-Group Security Maiden Plate (1400m). The former Kiwi was most impressive in his first run from a spell.
Kris Lees’ promising filly Noble Creed maintained her unbeaten record when she outclassed a quality Class 1 field in the final event. The three-year-old blitzed a Gosford Maiden field on debut on Anzac Day and she handled the rise in class with ease on Tuesday. Aaron Bullock gave her the perfect run behind the leaders and she sprinted quickly in the straight. The win was Bullock’s eighty third for the season while Lees has trained 135 ½ winners in 2017/2018.
The longest priced winner was the local four-year-old Hand It In trained by Rod Ollerton. A $31 chance Hand It In had to withstand a protest by Patrick Scorse rider of runner up Nadacheva. Hand It In is raced by his trainer and Newcastle businessman and Jockey Club member Tony Price. The gelding won races at Scone and Muswellbrook last preparation.
Wyong apprentice Kellie Holding rode the winner in the apprentice race the Benchmark 65 Sharp Electronics Handicap.
Tim Clarke shared the riding honours for the day landing an early double for trainer David Pfieffer. The pair combined to win with Harvey Specter in the Vital Hospitality Group Maiden and Explosive Missile in the Senpos Point Of Sale Maiden Handicap.