Newbury’s Super Sprint Day could see the Melbourne Ten blazers jumping for joy
Colourful owners group The Melbourne Ten, who are dedicated to having fun inracing, are pursuing a major windfall at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday (July 20) whentheir two-year-old filly Emten lines up as one of the leading candidates for the£250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint.
The syndicate, formed by Ian Barratt with a group of friends from Newburyand easily recognisable from their orange and blue blazers, have travelled theworld to experience many of the biggest racing and sporting events.This year they put July 20 on their schedule, Weatherbys Super Sprintday at their local track, where they are set to have three runners headed by Emten,a first-time out winner at Windsor who finished fifth in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes.
Emten, trained in Lambourn by Jamie Osborne, was among 25 horses declaredfor the Weatherbys Super Sprint for which the hot favourite is Norfolk Stakesrunner-up Ventura Rebel, from the stable of three times race winner Richard Fahey.
Ventura Rebel is one of four who will represent Fahey, successful in 2013,2015 and 2017, and whose team is completed by Mighty Spirit, Show Me Show Meand Baileys In Bloom.
Richard Hannon, who has won the race twice - including last year with Ginger Nut- and whose father Richard snr captured the prize seven times, has declared four:Audio, Separate, Orcasio Cortez and Bacchalot, and trains one of the two reservesDreamy Rascal.
Emten, who will be ridden by Nicola Currie, came from an unpromising positionat Ascot, recovering from last position a furlong and a half out to finish four anda half lengths behind A’Ali.
Osborne said: “We probably made a duff decision in running in the Norfolkand not the Queen Mary. The fear was the ground and we were trying to guesswhat was going to happen. I thought Queen Mary day would be in rain and shewould struggle to get through it but it could be drier on the Thursday. It didn’treally turn out that way."
“So she ran in the wrong race against the colts, but she ran respectably. I amconvinced she is a good filly. I would have liked to get another run into her beforeAscot but she had a niggle that stopped us doing that."
Osborne said the Weatherbys Super Sprint, which is restricted to horsescosting £63,000 or less at public auction, had long been a target: “When a horse starts showing you unusualspeed in the first part of the year and they didn’t cost a fortune you are always thinking Super Sprint because of the phenomenal pot, £122,000 to the winner.”
Osborne will have a second string in the Weatherbys Super Sprint in Seraphinite,who finished down the field in the Albany Stakes at Ascot: “She is Emten’s work partner.She is rated 74 but would be equally as quick at home but she hasn’t yet shown it on the track. I think she could run better than her price dropping back to five furlongs.”
The Weatherbys Super Sprint is the feature event on a card which also stagesthe second running of the £100,000 Marsh Cup, formerly named the JLT Cup.The extended 2m handicap was won 12 months ago by the heavily backedStratum, trained by Ireland’s champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins for ownerTony Bloom, the owner of Brighton football club. He will be represented byWithhold, who captured the 2018 Northumberland Plate and the 2017 Cesarewitch.
Among a 16-strong field are Northumberland Plate and Vase winner, Who Dares Winsand Carnwennan, Making Miracles, winner of the Chester Cup in May, andAscot Stakes winner The Grand Visir.
Three times Group 1 winning sprinter The Tin Man drops down in class to contestthe Group 3 bet365 Hackwood Stakes, a race he captured three years ago. He heads a field of ten that also includes course and distance winner Khaadem,who landed the Listed Shalaa Carnarvon Stakes in May before running tenth inthe Commonwealth Cup.
The Tin Man’s trainer is James Fanshawe: “He won this in 2016. He ran avery good race at Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee where he just missed the breakand rather than rushing on to another Group 1, we have dropped our sights a bitto get him back on track.”
On Friday the going report for Saturday was Good to soft - good in places.The forecast showed scattered showers on Friday becoming heavier overnight intoSaturday morning. Sunny spells later on Saturday, max temps around 20/21 degrees.
Tom Jones will take to the Party in the Paddock stage after racing on Saturdayto perform a 90-minute set. Grandstand tickets are still available to purchasenewburyracecourse.co.uk