A long-range plan with Quackerjack comes to fruition in the Villiers Stakes although trainer Mark Newnham admits the four-year-old will carry more weight then he envisaged.
The favourite for Saturday’s Group Two Villiers Stakes over the famous Randwick mile, Quackerjack has 56kg.
Newnham thought he would get about 2kg less and booked Rachel King with regular jockey Josh Parr unable to make the lighter weight.
“He is a Rating 96 horse and we thought he would get 53 or 54 kilos so we booked Rachel,” Newnham said.
“It’s unfortunate for Josh but we have to book jockeys so early now.”
“He is in good shape and he is holding his form,” Newnham said,
“This has been a plan six months in the making and it would be great if he could win the Villiers.
“It would have been nice to win the million dollar race on the way as well but the barrier (11) beat him.”
“If he can win the Villiers then you would think he would get into the Doncaster on a light weight,” Newnham said.
“He ran second to Kolding earlier this year so that’s good form.”
Before Saturday, Newnham will head to Wyong where Every Rose will be out to cement her favouritism for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.
“She looks fantastic,” Newnham said.
“Thursday is the starting point.
“We’ll see how she goes and depending how she comes through the race whether she needs to race again before the Gold Coast or just has a trial.”
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