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Newnham upbeat about Vinery pair

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Mark Newnham is set for a big afternoon at Rosehill on Saturday, saddling two talented fillies in the G1 Vinery Stud S. as well as a promising Sydney Cup contender in the G1 Kia Tancred S.

Newnham’s Vinery hopes rest with Harmony Rose (Glass Harmonium {Ire}), who holds favouritism following a slashing run for third in the G1 Randwick Guineas, along with last-start G3 Kembla Grange Classic winner Miravalle (Redoute’s Choice).

Bought by Darby Racing for just $25,000 from Alexia Fraser Bloodstock’s draft at the 2019 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Harmony Rose is the first Group 1 performer for Blue Gum Farm’s Glass Harmonium (Ire).

A daughter of a winning More Than Ready (USA) mare, Harmony Rose won three of her first four starts before being thrown in at the deep end in the Randwick Guineas on March 6.

She rose to the occasion with an outstanding performance, finishing a close third behind Lion’s Roar (NZ) (Contributer {Ire}) and the subsequent G1 Rosehill Guineas winner Mo’unga (NZ) (Savabeel).

“Coming off a midweek win, albeit a very strong one, to run in the Randwick Guineas was a fair jump in grade,” Newnham told TDN AusNZ. “But she’s never disappointed me any time she’s gone to the races, and she performed very admirably in that race.

"She’s (Harmony Rose) never disappointed me any time she’s gone to the races, and she performed very admirably in that race (Randwick Guineas)." - Mark Newnham

“The Randwick Guineas has since had its form backed up by Mo’unga in the Rosehill Guineas.

“Harmony Rose has been terrific since that last-start performance, and I’ve been very happy with her. With the carnival being put back by a week, it’ll mean that she ends up going a month between races. But I’ve given her a trial in between times, and I’m confident that she’s done enough.

“This is her first time stepping up to 2000 metres, but she’s given me every indication that it won’t be any problem for her at all.”

Promising Miravalle

Miravalle, meanwhile, is raced by Arrowfield. Bought for $460,000 from the draft of breeder Kulani Park at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, she is a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner and Cox Plate and Golden Slipper placegetter Yankee Rose (All American).

Another half-sister to Miravalle is Great Dansaar (Choisir), the dam of exciting Queensland filly Isotope (Deep Field), while their dam Condesaar (Xaar {GB}) is a half-sister to G1 New Zealand Derby winner Redoute’s Dancer (Redoute’s Choice).

Miravalle performed creditably in the spring, finishing sixth in the G1 Spring Champion S. before fourth placings in the G2 Wakeful S. and G1 VRC Oaks.

She resumed with a well-beaten 12th in the G1 Surround S., but turned things around with an emphatic victory at Kembla Grange.

“She’s been promising to do that in her work, and it was pleasing to see her deliver that performance at Kembla,” Newnham said.

“She’s a filly that I’ve always held in high regard, and her performances in Melbourne in the spring were very good.

“Her first-up run was a little flat, but I’ve changed a few things around in her training since then, doing a bit of jumping. It seems to have worked, so I’ve kept up that routine since then.”

“Her (Miravalle) first-up run was a little flat, but I’ve changed a few things around in her training since then, doing a bit of jumping." - Mark Newnham

Newnham’s apprentice Tom Sherry rode Miravalle to victory at Kembla, but his Group 1 opportunity slipped away when he broke his collarbone in a fall at Newcastle on Tuesday.

“We’ve got a good replacement in Hugh Bowman, but it’s very disappointing for Tom after he rode her so well at Kembla,” Newnham said. “Unfortunately injuries are just part of life for a jockey. But I’m sure his chance to ride in Group 1 races will come further down the track.”


Newnham’s Tancred S. runner is the British import Spirit Ridge (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), who won the G3 Summer Cup and Listed January Cup before a summer break. He resumed in last month’s G3 Sky High S., where he was caught right on the finish line by Toffee Tongue (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}).

“He went a terrific race the other day, beaten by a half-head in his first run off a let-up,” Newnham said. “Stepping up to 2400 metres here will suit him, and he’s drawn outside the likely leader in Angel Of Truth, which gives him a bunny.

“He hasn’t run at weight-for-age before this, but I’m confident he’ll end up there in time. I’m more than happy to run him here this week as a lead-up to the Sydney Cup.”

Spirit Ridge is out of Tates Creek (USA) (Rahy {USA}), who won the G1 Yellow Ribbon S. and Gamely H., and her half-sister Sightseek (USA) (Distant View {USA}) won the G1 Beldame S. and Ogden Phipps S. twice as well as the G1 Ruffian H., Go For Wand H. and Humana Distaff.

Spirit Ridge
Harmony Rose
Mark Newnham