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TUESDAY, November 12, 2019: MARK Newnham stole the show with a treble at last Thursday’s Ladies Day meeting at Hawkesbury, and hopes to cash in again there tomorrow.

Whilst repeating the dose isn’t an easy assignment, he has representatives in three of the first four races and has named an improving Super Oasis as the best of his prospects.

The lightly-raced Exceed and Excel three-year-old lines up in the Blacktown Workers Class 1 Handicap (1100m), and will be ridden by Rachel King.

“Super Oasis was very erratic at her first few starts,” Newnham said this morning. “She was inclined to overdo things.

“But she is just starting to race much better as evidenced by her last start at Hawkesbury on October 30 in a Benchmark 64 Handicap against her own sex over tomorrow’s distance.

“She was narrowly beaten by the favorite Switched, and looks nicely placed to win another race.

“I feel she is our best chance at the meeting.”

Super Oasis has started only six times, and broke through at her third start when resuming, in a 1000m Maiden Handicap against her own sex at Kembla Grange in early August.

She was a $2.15 TAB fixed odds favorite earlier today.

Newnham also accepted with Key To Glory (apprentice Tom Sherry) in the same race as Super Oasis, but indicated the five-year-old, who hasn’t raced since May and has been gelded, was not a certain starter.

Newnham also runs debutants Japingka (Springvale Weekend Social Club Maiden Handicap, 1100m) and Gone Bye (Killahy Equine Maiden Plate, 1300m).

His leading apprentice Robbie Dolan partners both horses.

Japingka, a three-year-old Wandjina filly, has trialled twice – the latest when fourth over 794m at Warwick Farm on October 22 – and wears ear muffs.

“She is a nice filly with good ability, but has been a bit of a handful getting her to settle,” Newnham said.

“Japingka trialled in the ear muffs at Warwick Farm and was better, so I’ll leave them on her tomorrow.

Gone Bye is a three-year-old by Al Maher, who has been placed at two recent Randwick trials; second over 1050m on October 14 and third over 1045m on November 1. He will race in blinkers.

“His trials have been pleasing, and this is a good race to start him off in,” Newnham said.

Three withdrawals (Kirro, Submission and Who Loves You) have reduced the field to seven.

“Gone Bye may find the 1300m a bit short, but I’m sure he will be hitting the line hard. He is a good each-way chance,” Newnham added.

Dual acceptor Kirro (Rachel King) will run in an earlier race, trainer Gary Portelli instead favouring to start him in the same race as Newnham’s filly Japingka.

Hawkesbury trainer Mitch Newman has decided to start another dual acceptor, Piping Roller (Chad Lever), in the Schweppes Australia Benchmark 64 Handicap (1300m) rather than the Super Oasis race.

The Your Song filly gave nothing else a chance, bolting away with a 3YO Handicap (1200m) at Canberra on October 25 at only her third start.

She had been placed at her two previous appearances in provincial company, at Hawkesbury on September 26 and Kembla Grange on October 12.

With Grant Buckley riding at the postponed Scone meeting tomorrow, Hawkesbury co-trainers Mitch and Desiree Kearney have called on Koby Jennings as a replacement for their representatives Gimme Shelter (Mounties Group Conditional Benchmark 70 Handicap, 1000m) and Spin Bowles (Ascend Sales Benchmark 64 Handicap, 1600m) – and both have good chances.

Gimme Shelter is resuming but had excellent city form last preparation, including her latest second to the promising Sir Elton in a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m) at Randwick on July 6.

With blinkers coming off, Spin Bowles struck winning form again over tomorrow’s distance in a Class 2 Handicap at Hawkesbury on October 30.

. The rail is out 3m from the 1100m to 400m, 2m from there to the winning post and in the TRUE position for the remainder. A “Good 4” rating was posted this morning, with a penetrometer reading of 5.15.

. Paul Joice’s selections are:

RACE 1: QUALITY SEEKER, Cool One, Hemsted.

RACE 2: RIGEL, Japingka, Stoked.

RACE 3: AUSSIE, Key To Glory, Super Oasis.

RACE 4: ZAKAT, Duclair, Macchina Volante.

RACE 5: GISELLE ANNE, You Too, Southern Spirit.

RACE 6: GIMME SHELTER, Queen Ablaze, Charlie Chap.

RACE 7: BANDERSNATCH, Sedona, Piping Roller.

RACE 8: MAGNIFICENTLY, Spin Bowles, Single Story.