Gary Harley Wrap – 01.09.20
Bluebloods Reaching and Bucharest were two of six favourites successful at the Newcastle Jockey Clubs seven race program at Newcastle Racecourse on September 1. Reaching, a daughter of multiple Group 1 winner Alinghi, broke through for her initial win in the 1500 metre Maiden Handicap. The mare has always promised plenty and she was touted as an ATC Oaks contender in the Autumn. However, her preparation was terminated prior to The Oaks. On Tuesday Reaching was given a perfect run off the speed by James McDonald and was strong late.
The winner is owned by Arrowfield boss John Messara and radio legend Alan Jones. The pair also share in the ownership of Bucharest which maintained his unbeaten record in the 1400 metre Class 1 Handicap. The son of five time Group 1 winner Miss Finland won on debut at Newcastle on August 13. Chris Waller trains Bucharest and he completed the double when the Torryburn Stud filly Centimental raced away to win the 1300 metre Fillies and Mares Maiden Plate. The three-year-old had been runner up in four of her previous starts and she is promising.
Newcastle apprentice Louise Day continued on her wining way with a superb front running ride on Morethannumberone in the 1300 metre Maiden Plate. Formally trained by the Hawkes family, the four-year-old was starting for the first time under recently formed training partnership of brothers John and Gary Moore.
Day rode six metropolitan winners during August and she will give the Sydney Apprentice Premiership a shake in the current season. The NJC named the final event the Bill Wade Memorial Benchmark 64 Handicap (1200m). Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn who has a base in Sydney trained the winner.
The well-travelled six-year-old Green Mountain was originally trained by Mark Newnham before joining Dunn’s Murwillumbah stable. He won a Doomben Maiden in January 2019 before heading to Hong Kong where he was unplaced in two starts at Sha-tin. Green Machine re-joined Dunn’s stable earlier this year and he won first up at Kembla in July.
The two-day Sharp Electronics Group Newcastle Cup Carnival will be held on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September.