Newing Has Live Chances At Gosford

Local trainer Tony Newing fields a strong team at Gosford on Thursday with four live chances on the eight-race card.

The stable is in a purple patch of form of late with four winners from his past 13 runners, giving him a strong base as he works towards a return to next month’s Grafton Cup carnival where he enjoyed multiple wins last year.

Newing starts Thursday’s meeting with his three-year-old Animal Kingdom filly Tainted Affair Tainted Affair in a maiden event over 6 f. He believes she will only improve as she gets over further ground.

“She will get better over a mile and may even get up to 1 1⁄4 m eventually,” Newing said. “She probably lobbed a bit too close in running last start, and ideally she’ll be ridden quietly and saved up to use her nice turn of foot.”

Newing saddles up Balmaceda in the Benchmark 70 over 1 3⁄16 m, with the four-year-old Al Maher gelding already posting a victory on his home surface.

“He’s going really well and seems to like these tight turning tracks,” Newing said.

“With a bit of luck in running we can be sitting third on the fence and there seems to be a bit of tempo in the race.”

Newing’s most interesting runner is Horora Vel who heads to the races for the second time and over a year since his debut.

The Golden Archer gelding has had a few setbacks along the way, but Newing believes his three-year-old has a future.

“He’s been nothing but trouble and a bit of an accident prone horse to be honest,” Newing said. “But the quality of race suggests he’ll be hard to beat and he’s definitely a top four chance.”

Newing finishes the card in the Benchmark 64 over 6 f with his newly inherited galloper Paris Crystal.

The ex South Australian-trained mare has had three starts for Newing for a win and two placings.

“We struck blood straight away with her at Grafton which was great,” Newing said. “Hopefully she can get back and finish the race off strongly.”

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