A snap return to rain-affected ground is music to the ears of an underrated Coffs Harbour four-year old who can finally win again at Monday’s Newcastle meeting.
Imprinted, part of the very well-travelled Graham Payne stable on the Mid North Coast, has been up and down NSW and well into Queensland, hunting a third career win. Long tackling much deeper races over the border, including a good effort in much stronger BM65 grade at Eagle Farm three months back, Imprinted has been somewhat disappointing in his last couple back in country NSW.
But lining up in a BM58 at Newcastle, he finds his weakest race in a long time, and with rookie hoop Anna Roper claiming 3kg, he looks one of the better weighted bets all day on the card. The former Victorian, who likes it wet, hit the ground running winning two straight for the new stable late last year, but he’s still to open his account in 2022.
Meanwhile, form students can latch onto a group of debutants locking horns in a Maiden Handicap sprint over 1200m to close the meeting. Heading a field with real potential for bigger targets in late winter and early spring is an exciting three-year-old by one of the all-time great middle distance gallopers in Lonhro.
Hotstep arrives for the powerful Maher-Eustace stable behind two recent eye-catching trials on rain-affected ground, the latest right on the heels of the winner in open class. Out of a mare by group 3-winning sprinter Stryker, Hotstep starts in blinkers, and can progress quickly into far deeper metropolitan races.
Beer Palace, a three-year-old by 2015 group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Vanbrugh and out of a Falkirk mare, is also on debut with blinkers for the Mark Newnham stable.
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