By Gary Harley
Warwick Farm trainer Jason Coyle, 38, has come a long way since he kicked off his training career in Newcastle 10 years ago.
On Saturday, Coyle returns to Newcastle with a team of five gallopers confident he can train two or three winners at Newcastle Jockey Club's Beaumont Newcastle track meeting.
The popular mentor will saddle up Magic Dallas and Excited Prince in race 1, Salsonic in race 3, Hinch in race 6 and Weekend Affair in the last of the seven races. Coyle also prepares Miss Benetau, the early favourite in race 5, however, he intends starting her at Canterbury Park on Friday tonight.
The stablemates Magic Dallas and Excited Prince will both be hard to beat in the 1350 metre Benchmark 70 handicap. Magic Dallas will appreciate a drop in class after finishing close up in Metropolitan races recently. Excited Prince stormed home from the tail of the field when a narrow winner on this track on Boxing Day.
Salsonic was a creditable third behind the smart Australiana on this track on Boxing Day and he was placed twice on the Metropolitan tracks in the winter. The three-year-old is favourite in the 1300 metre Maiden Plate and he has the class to overcome the wide barrier.
Hinch steps out in a 1200 metre Benchmark 60 handicap and he will be fitter following two runs back from a spell. Weekend Affair was well-backed when a distant third in a strong Maiden field on this track on Boxing Day. He is well placed in a 1200 metre Maiden Handicap.
Coyle said that Salsonic was his best chance: “I believe all five of mine will run well but Salsonic is the best of them and should break through. He had good Sydney form last prep and he has the potential to be a Saturday City Class horse. I thought he went super first-up as the tempo of the race didn’t suit him.
"Both Magic Dallas and Excited Prince should race well. It’s a small field and tempo is important but if they get along okay up front my pair will be strong late. Hinch was underdone in his two starts this time in and he will be competitive now he is fit.
"I am keen on Weekend Affair and if he goes as well as he did first-up here he should win. He has got a bit of upside this horse. I am confident I can win two or three races. I will always have a soft spot for Newcastle where I started,” Coyle said.
Singleton-trained Deny Allcharges’ recent Sydney form suggests that the 6yo can break through for his third win in the 1200 metre Benchmark 60 Handicap. Deny Allcharges has won two of 19 starts with nine placings for trainer and part-owner Aleacia Bennett.
The gelding has had two starts from a six month spell both in Class 2 Highway Handicaps in the city. Deny Allcharges was beaten 2½ lengths when fourth first-up at Rosehill on December 3. He was then runner-up on a heavy track at Randwick on December 17.
Hanover Square beaten a neck in his only two Newcastle starts has bright prospects in the 1350 metre Class 2 Handicap. A member of the powerful Snowden stable, Hanover Square came from last to just fail on this track on Boxing Day.