Mark Newnham sent out So You Think three-year-old filly Nakeeta Jane at Warwick Farm on Wednesday to win at her second race start and suggest further progression to higher levels including black type.
Racing in the $50,000, ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap (1400m) for maidens, the filly under Josh Parr was well supported being backed from $6.00 into $4.80 on Wednesday morning with TAB.com.au and starting at $3.20 on fixed odds and $3.00 on the tote.
She rewarded that support with a run from the top of the straight that Parr ensured allowed them a decent margin over the $2.50 favourite Ranier and James McDonald.
They had started from opposite ends of the barriers with Nakeeta Jane in one and Ranier in nine and Parr had kept the advantage from the moment the barriers opened. McDonald had to send Ranier six wide on the turn after making a run from the rear at the 400m and Parr was already leading with Nakeeta Jane at the 300m.
These two left the rest of the field behind with Nakeeta Jane maintaining the margin over the Lonhro colt Ranier all the way to the line. Both raced greenly and both will benefit from the experience for future racing.
Nakeeta Jane was 1 1/4L ahead of Ranier with Kolding (NZ) (Ocean Park) and Corey Brown the best of the rest with the margin 4 1/2L.
The time was 1.23.95 on the Good 4 track and the final 600m in 35.75.
Sydney’s traffic had left Newnham off-course when the race was run and stable foreman James Ponsonby stepped in to comment on the win.
“She has been very good in her work and she did everything right from the gate,” he said.
“It is exciting for the owners to have this filly, particularly this early in the spring.”
“A lovely filly who is quite imposing, a really nice filly still learning her trade. I cannot see any reason why she will not step out to a trip,” said Parr.
Neekta Jane, out of the Flying Spur mare Lustre Lady, commenced racing over 1400m at Randwick-Kensington on September 5th where she closed for second after being 11th at the 400m. She races for the Towell family’s Jananth Pty Ltd with her two starts earning stakes of $42,200.
Later in the programme the Waller stable sent out the well-performed UK jumper High Bridge (GB) in the Hyland Race Colours Bm 74 Handicap (2200m) and the eight-year-old Monsun gelding collected his second win in Australian from as many starts.
Kerrin McEvoy had to be patient for a gap after settling back in the field, but once the seas parted 200m from home High Bridge went through with the minimum of fuss and went away to a comfortable 1 1/2L margin win.
High Bridge was well supported for the race being backed from $4.20 into $2.25 and starting at $1.80.
Waller described High Bridge as, “A pretty good horse.”
Sent to Waller by former Godolphin managing director John Ferguson, who has kept a share in the ownership, High Bridge is currently at $11.00 for the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on Epsom Day, September 29th.
ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap
Hyland Race Colours Bm 74 Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC