Gary Harley Last Word 08.06.19


The powerful James Cummings stable will send a talented half a dozen youngsters up the M1 on Saturday to race at the Newcastle Jockey Club’s race meeting. Cummings will be represented by five Three-year-old fillies Chanteresse, Pellicle, Arboreal, Athens, and Terroir and a promising two-year-old Lanigera. Bobby El-Issa will ride Arboreal and Blake Spriggs will be aboard the other five.

Chanteresse will be favourite in the opening event a 1400 metre Maiden Handicap. The filly has had four placings and she has been a close second in both Newcastle appearances. She will probably race on the speed from the soft barrier.

Pellicle runs in the 1870 metre Maiden Handicap and she is on a seven day back up after a close second at Kembla last Saturday. The filly steps up in the trip and she will race on the speed and give a good sight.

Athens and Arboreal clash in the 1200 metre Maiden Plate and Athens has the best form. She has been placed in her only two starts at Gosford and Kembla. The filly got back midfield and finished strong to go down by half a length at Gosford on May 25. The longer trip is ideal, and Athens should have a gun run from the rail’s barrier.

Lanigera is also engaged at Randwick on Saturday where he is short priced favourite. If he comes to Newcastle, he will be an odds-on favourite in 900 metre two-year-old Maiden Plate. The juvenile has outstanding form and he has been gelded since his last run three months ago. He was beaten just over a length in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield in February.

Terroir goes to the “Mile” in the class 1 Handicap and she has a good chance. She won on debut at Newcastle a month ago and in her only other start the filly was placed at Hawkesbury.

Kris Lees only has three of his team racing at Newcastle and they all have winning prospects. Ruling Symbol bolted in at Newcastle last start he will be favourite in the 1200 metre Class 1 Handicap. He will be even fitter third up and Aaron Bullock has the mount.

With the likely scratching of Lanigera in the two-year-old Maiden Plate (900m), Lees’ unraced colt Mandirigma will probably be favourite, Mitchell Bell will ride the two-year-old which has won his past three barrier trials. The colt has drawn nicely and has been set for a first up win.

The three-year-old filly Think Free has had a freshen up since failing on a heavy track on the Sunshine Coast on April 21. She has won three of seven and she won her only start on a soft track at Newcastle in March. Louise Day will claim three kilograms and she is well weighted.

The 1200 metre Fillies and Mare Class 1 Handicap (1200m) features the clash of two promising three-year-old’s. Outback Diva should be unbeaten, and this is a lovely race for the filly. She missed the start and was held up in the straight when beaten half a length on debut at Kembla on April 30. Outback Diva bolted in by more than five lengths at Kembla last start on May 11.

Aim For Perfection was an easy winner on debut at Newcastle on May 18 and she has drawn well.

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