Gary Harley- Herald- Cessnock @ Newcastle 17.02.20

Newcastle trainer Nathan Doyle will saddle up three promising gallopers at Monday’s Beaumont track meeting which has been transferred from Cessnock.

Doyle’s trio are Dreaming Of Gold, Pride Of Adelaide and Gironde. Dreaming Of Gold will contest the 1150 metres Maiden Handicap and she has been very unlucky in both her starts to date. The four-year-old mare had her debut at Tamworth in August and after being slowly away, she was second last in a field of twelve on the home turn.

Dreaming of Gold unwound a powerful burst to finish second, less than half a length from the winner. The mare’s others start was at Tuncurry in September and again had a hard luck story. Slowly away, Dreaming Of Gold came from back in the field to just miss. She trialled impressively at Newcastle recently.

Pride Of Adelaide entered Doyle’s stable after a half length defeat by subsequent Group 1 VRC Oaks runner up Never Listen at Scone in September. The three-year-old had his only start for Doyle at Port Macquarie on January 24. The son of Cox Plate winner Adelaide is immature and green, and he ducked out badly 100 metres from the finish. He was beaten three quarters of a length. He will run in the 1300 metres Maiden Plate and the longer trip is ideal.

Gironde Is unbeaten in two starts for Doyle and the three-year-old faces a strong Benchmark 66 Handicap field over 1350 metres. However, he is talented, and Doyle discussed his trios’ prospects on Thursday.

“Dreaming Of Gold was sensational at Tamworth coming off very fast final sections. In fact, she posted the fastest last 100 metres of the meeting. Her trial was just what I wanted, and she is bred to win.

Pride Of Adelaide is raw and he ran away from the whip first up. He will have blinkers on Monday and will love the jar out of the track.

Gironde is a horse that loves to chase, and he was left in front too far from home last start but still won. I’m not sure if he will be comfortable on a wet track,” Doyle said.

Kris Lees has accepted with eleven of his team for the Beaumont meeting. The premier trainers promising four-year-old Apollo Prince resumes after a long spell in the 1150 metre Class 1 Handicap. the gelding bolted in on debut at Newcastle last April and he was placed at Wyong in May before heading to the spelling paddock. He has had two quiet trials in readiness for his first up run.

Lees three-year-old Captain Solo is ready to win after being runner up in his two starts this preparation. Another Kiwi bred horse, Captain Solo just failed to catch Awesome Lad first up at Gosford. e tried hard when runner up at Gosford on February 4.