Goulburn trainers Emma & Lucy Longmire have already had success in recent times with Newtown Bluebag and will be looking for more of the same with their “newest” horse Newtown Is Coming.
Formerly named Otto From Hamburg, Newtown Is Coming is the second horse in their care to carry a name synonymous with the famous rugby league club of yesteryear and is raced by the same group of owners.
Their “newest” Newtown galloper showed enough in his first run for the stable at Canberra on Black Opal day to suggest he can achieve productive results like his stable namesake.
Formerly with the Matt Dunn stable and a three-time winner from thirteen starts, Newtown Is Coming tackled 1200m at Canberra and was caught wide up on the speed before fading late to be beaten less than four lengths. The merit of the effort also reflected by the fact the galloper jumped from a wide gate and carried 59.5kg.
This effort pleased his new trainers with Lucy Longmire of the opinion that the horse should continue to improve as he settles into his new tablelands home.
“He is a very easy horse to have in the stable, he eats well and loves his work. The barrier really worked against him at Canberra, it was a tough run, although he was bouncing the next day on the track”, Ms Longmire said.
Producing their charge second up in home surrounds could be a smart Plan B by the Longmire twins after a potential trip to the Albury Cup program was curtailed courtesy of a horror draw.
“He drew poorly at Albury and the opportunity to race at home is a lovely option for him.”
“We always like running our horses here at home, and although he finds a competitive race, he has the home track advantage. It’s also quite accessible for all of his owners.”
Despite giving away size to most of his opposition on Monday Newtown Is Coming is showing his new trainers plenty of fight.
“He is only small, but has a big heart and really tries,” Ms Longmire said.
At Goulburn on Monday Newtown Is Coming gets the chance to test out his home track for the first time under race day conditions in a Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1400m.
Newtown Is Coming has drawn a muddy marble again but does get the services of champion hoop Blake Shinn. Longmire says she is happy to leave the tactics to the classy hoop.
“It’s good to get Blake on but he will have to work his magic from the barrier!”
The forecast of some give in the track doesn’t worry his new trainer and the Longmires are thrilled to get another “new horse in a new town!”
“A bit of rain won’t bother him, he goes on all surfaces and it’s wonderful to have another Newtown horse in the stable!
Newtown Is Coming could find the stiffest competition in the race coming from some of his new neighbours with in form mare Can She Kiss (Keith Dryden / Scott Collings) looking to bounce back from a luckless run at Canberra last start whilst Northern River (Graham Payne) will look to continue his good form after winning at the tablelands track last time out over the same trip.
In other Goulburn news, the club is also pleased to announce that it is well on the way to finalising a major upgrade of its course proper irrigation system.
The work represents Stage 1 of a complete upgrade to the venue’s irrigation systems and club
CEO Robyn Fife says the project fits neatly with the “Racing Into The Future” motto of the club.
"The upgrade of our irrigation systems will take us a long way toward future proofing our course proper and our training tracks in terms of their irrigation needs,” Ms Fife said.
“The course proper irrigation work is fully funded by RNSW which we are extremely appreciative of and is valued at around $500 000.”
“This work will help us maintain the quality reputation our course proper enjoys within the industry and give us further impetus to continue improving the quality of our other training surfaces year round.”
Ms Fife expects the course proper works to be completed by the end April.
Goulburn’s seven race card on kicks off at 1.45pm with the track currently rated a Soft 5.