FRIDAY: June 15, 2018: IT’S taken a while, but Mitch Newman is confident he has finally worked out Miss Casier.
Ironically, the Hawkesbury trainer took the pacy mare to Armidale earlier in the month to try to win another race with her – but it didn’t pay off.
What a different story yesterday when it was simply a matter of “going up the road”, so to speak, to Gosford to get Miss Casier back into the winning list.
With apprentice Rachel Hunt aboard, the Delago Deluxe filly hit the ground running in the Class 1 Handicap (1000m) and ran her rivals off their legs.
In doing so, she notched the second victory of her 11-start career. She has also been placed on two occasions.
Miss Casier ($3.50) was never threatened yesterday and easily beat Reckless Knight ($9) and another Hawkesbury representative, Richard Nutman’s $2.60 favorite Kathaire.
Newman’s three-year-old finished only eighth in a Class 1 Handicap (1100m) at Armidale on June 5 – but there was a plausible reason for that.
“I put blinkers on her that day, but she over-cooked and raced fiercely and as a result tired in the straight,” he explained this morning.
“I decided to leave them on her, but come back to 1000m at Gosford.
“I told Rachel to let her roll, and she was too quick for them.
“At one stage I thought she might get up to 1200m, but that doesn’t look to be the case.
“Miss Casier is at her best when she can roll along in front as she did at Gosford.
“We know where we are at with her now, and I will look for another suitable race in the coming weeks over 900m or 1000m.
“That appears to be her limit.”
Miss Casier’s breakthrough victory came over 900m at Muswellbrook on October 24 last year in a Maiden Handicap.
She beat Arleta and Tycoon Street that day – and both of them have subsequently won two races each.