Newnham’s babies deliver dynamic double
TRAINER Mark Newnham had never won a race at Doomben before he landed back-to-back stakes winners with two-year-olds Shadow Hero and Diamond Thunder in the space of 40 minutes on Saturday.
In between, another of his gallopers, Splintex, won the first race at Rosehill.
"That's as good as it gets. Three two-year-old winners in 40 minutes," Newnham said.
Shadow Hero emerged as a possible JJ Atkins contender after graduating to Listed grade in The Phoenix (1630m).
After his second on debut at Newcastle to Autocratic, Shadow Hero turned the tables on that horse, who finished fourth on Saturday, over the longer trip.
Newnham said he would monitor how the son of Pierro came through Saturday's run before committing to a start this week.
"He's a horse that will appreciate the big track and a higher pressure race," he said.
Creator turned around his flop in last week's Sires to run second, with his barrier almost certainly costing him the race.
Creator races in the colours of James Harron, who said Creator could back up again in the Atkins next week.
"It was like he didn't have a run at all last week, but we will defer to (trainers) Peter and Paul (Snowden) on what they think is best for him," Harron said.
Newnham gave Blake Shinn, who rode both Doomben winners, "11 out of 10" for his ride on Diamond Thunder after finding the fence back in the field from his wide barrier in the Listed Oxlade Stakes.
"That wasn't the plan. I told him to do his best but it was going to be tricky," Newnham said. "But he's ended up back on the fence. That was as good a ride as you will see.
"It's good to see the horse is a bit versatile, which opens up a few more options for him."
Shinn said he made the call to go back when other riders "overdid it early" and Diamond Thunder responded well to the change.
Newnham said Diamond Thunder would now spell and possibly return to Queensland for the summer carnival.
"He's a Magic Millions horse and that summer series looks a nice target," he said.