By Ray Hickson
Trainer Mark Newnham is keeping the steps realistic for the time being with stakes placed filly Blazing Miss and the first of those is her resumption at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Fresh from a Group 1 win last weekend, Newnham said he’s seen improvement in the flashy chestnut coming into the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1100m) but is focused on getting more wins on the board and prizemoney in the bank.
Blazing Miss already has placings behind Cosmic Force, Tenley, Amercement at Group 3 level and Exceedance to her name but is so far the winner of a Canterbury maiden.
“This is the first time she has come back after a good break and she’s come back well,’’ he said.
“Her trials have been sharp and I expect her to take that to the races.
“She’s run some nice races in good company, her future is trying to get through to Saturday and then if she’s good enough to get back to stakes level we’ll try that.’’
The three-year-old hasn’t raced since finishing last at Rosehill on June 16 and Newnham said she’d simply come to the end of her preparation.
Blazing Miss wins a trial at Warwick Farm on October 8
He’s given her two barrier trials, the first a close second to Group 1 placed Easy Eddie and the latest a win at Warwick Farm on October 8.
“It looks like she has improved a bit from last time in but she has always had natural speed and been naturally talented,’’ he said.
“She’s filled out that big frame she’s got and she’s ready to get back to the races.
“She’s had two good trials so she is pretty fit and she has trialled well on both occasions. I think she’s only an 1100m-1200m filly but there’s no shortage of those races.’’
Blazing Miss was a $3.70 favourite with TAB on Tuesday for her return while stablemate Full Recognition was at $5 in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1300m).
Newnham warns Full Recognition could quickly turn his form around after putting in two below par efforts since his first-up win at the Farm in August.
That said, the gelding was only beaten 1.8 lengths in finishing eighth on the Kensington track two weeks ago.
“Second-up it was a heavy 10 so I put it down to that,’’ he said.
“The other day we probably rode him close with the blinkers back on, he dashed through then didn’t finish it off.
“He over raced a bit so we’ll be looking to ride him quieter and hold him up, back to 1300m riding quieter might see a better result.’’