Selhurst Park, a horse bred by Gerry Harvey that bears an uncanny resemblance to Newmarket Handicap winner and Japan Cup placegetter Shaftesbury Avenue, is ready to show his true self when he resumes at Wyong on Thursday.
The son of Not A Single Doubt is trained by Mark Newnham who bought the colt for $325,000 from Harvey’s Baramul Stud draft at the 2020 Magic Millions Sale.
Harvey, who retained a share in Selhurst Park, owned the colt’s stakes-winning grandam Palacio de Cristal whose own dam is a sister to another Japan Cup placegetter in Naturalism.
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Josh Parr (pictured) combines with the Mark Newnham-trained Selhurst Park. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Selhurst Park was $7 into $6 when he made his debut at Warwick Farm two days before Christmas and while he faded to finish well down the order behind Ranch Hand, he had plenty of excuses.
“Two things,” Newnham said. “He was probably a little but immature and he was just over-doing it a bit.
“He has come back a bit more relaxed. He was ridden off the pace in his last trial and responded well.
“He has drawn a good gate so I would imagine he would be able to get himself just behind the lead and prove hard to beat.
“His trial form was pretty good leading into his first run but it was probably just a bridge too far. He’s come back well though. He has kept improving and he will make a decent enough horse in six to twelve months times,” said Newnham.
Newnham is likely to save Capitalist colt Colour de Roy for the weekend leaving Rocstar Boy to wave the stable flag in the Swansea Smash Repairs 2YO Maiden Plate over 1100m.
The son of Arrowfield Stud’s Japanese champion Maurice was turned in a creditable first-up run when fourth at Newcastle in a 900m scamper on April 22.
Mark Newnham’s smart four-year-old Splintex is shooting for a Group 1 in the Doomben 10,000 on Saturday. Photo: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“He showed the other day that he probably just wants it a bit further than the 900m,” Newnham said.
“He is only small but he finished off all right at Newcastle.”
Newnham is forecasting a much better outcome for Sweeping Brook who was $5 into $4 when second-up at Hawkesbury nine-days ago but only managed to beat one home, again with excuses.
“He got pulling mid-stages and was checking off the back of the horse in front of him and he just never got to relax and never got any momentum,” Newnham explained.
“His win last time in was third-up at Wyong over 1350m.”
That is precisely the same scenario as Thursday’s Bobbi Jo Dillon Handicap only this time Sweeping Brook won’t have to deal with the outside barrier.
Newnham, meanwhile, will be a force in two states this weekend with 2021 Everest contender Splintex lining up against Eduardo and Trekking on the Group 1 BRC Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
Splintex won the 2020 Royal Sovereign Stakes, twelve months after Everest champion Classique Legend won the Group 2 feature and comes off Hall Mark Stakes win in 1.08.48 seconds in another of his Randwick 1200m wins.
HYDE AND DELUDE TO BAMBOOZLE THEIR RIVALS
Thursday’s Moruya meeting could prove to be a milestone day for young apprentice Nicholas Hyde who has the chance of a winning double on just his third day at work.
Hyde, 22, almost made the dream start to his career when finishing runner-up on Delude in the South Coast Cup at the Sapphire Coast on May 2.
A week later, Hyde finished midfield on Slatey Bay at Mudgee, but should be a lot closer at the finish at Moruya thanks to Brett Lazzarini pair Plucksey Dubh and the aforementioned Delude making the trip south from Kembla.
“Nick comes from Dubbo and is from a long line of family involved with horses,” master Lazzarini said.
“I know his father, Darren; he was a very good trotting man and a very good horse trainer himself.
“Nick’s came down here to me and has been here close to 12 months now. He is a very good young rider and that’s obviously why I put him on Delude in the Cup at his first ride in his life last week and he rode him to perfection.
Apprentice Nicholas Hyde is looking to land his first winner at Moruya on Thursday.Source:News Corp Australia
“He gave the horse every hope. I told him to wait for the cutaway and he didn’t do a thing wrong, he was just beaten by a better horse on the day.
“Delude has drawn 10 alley this time so it is going to be a lot more difficult and the fact that there is no pace on will make life very hard for him because he needs a lot of pace on to sprint home.
“So hopefully something will take up the running and if not, Nick will have to use a bit initiative and probably ride him a lot further forward,” Lazzarini said.
Stablemate Plucksey Dubh, meanwhile, has drawn favourably in barrier 2 and should be ready to peak again after an uncustomary failure 11-days ago,
“He got left a little bit flat-footed when they sprinted the other day at the Sapphire Coast so we have freshened-up him up and put him back to the 1000m,” Lazzarini explained.
“He has drawn a good alley and they turn not long after they jump so he should get a sit two or three lengths off the pace and if he can get a break with the cutaway rail there, he will actually run a huge race.”
Originally published asWyong, Moruya previews: Selhurst ready to kick a winning goal
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