JWR WEEKEND PREVIEW

Apr 25, 2015

After a hectic couple of weeks, the stable will enjoy a relatively quiet weekend with Rock Spur lining up at Flemington and Baron Archer running in the Vobis Gold Bullion Race at the new Pakenham course on Sunday.

ROCK SPUR'S ANZAC DAY MISSION

It's always nice to pull off a long term plan and tomorrow's Anzac Day race for Rock Spur has been many months in the making. After winning his maiden at Geelong in February, Rock Spur enjoyed a freshen up at the water walker before returning to training in March with Anzac Day pencilled in as his grand final.

"He needed a break after his Geelong win. He was jarring up on the hard tracks and was looking a little tired but a few weeks at the water walker reallyre-energised him" said Warren.

"He returned from his freshen up with a terrific 4th at Sandown at the beginning of April when he had absolutely no luck from the wide draw. He trialled well last week in the wet and we are really hoping that he gets some cut out of the ground tomorrow which he seems to enjoy. He has finally drawn a good barrier and he could the smokey in the field at big odds" said Warren.

Rock Spur was bred and raised by Ken Williams' Tarcoola Stud which is located next door to Denistoun Park. He was unwanted as a yearling so Ken bought him home and decided to race him himself which might end up being a stroke of good fortune if he wins tomorrow!

BARON ARCHER LOOKING TO RESTORE REPUTATION

Baron Archer hasn't quite recaptured the form which saw him win 3 races on end last winter but he gets his chance on Sunday to find some winning form. He had throat surgery during the spring and sometimes they take a few runs to regain confidence in their breathing. On top of that, he has been dogged by bad barriers and and is due for a change of luck.

Baron Archer will be JWR's first ever runner on the new Pakenham Racecourse now known as Racing.com Park. It's a huge track which will really suit big striding horses like Baron. He has finally drawn a gate and they are predicting a soft track which will really enhance his chances.

After riding Baron throughout his short career, Benny Melham has elected to jump off to ride Lord DaVinci. "Jake rode him at the trials last week and really liked him. I've always said that jockeys are the worst judges and there would be nothing better than beating Benny in a photo finish" laughed Warren.

NEWGATE FARM TAKE 50% OF NORTHERN METEOR COLT

Darley, Coolmore, Widden, Arrowfield and Vinery have traditionally been the five big stallion studs in the Hunter Valley. However, there is a new stud making headlines in the Hunter.

Newgate Farm was founded by Henry Field in 2010 and has quickly developed into one of the leading farms in Australia. They established their stallion division in 2012 with the acquisition of Group 1 sprinter Foxwedge. In 2013, they extended their stallion barn with the acquisition of Group 1 sprinter Sizzling, Northern Meteor colt Eurozone and American freak The Factor.

Newgate Farm are showing no signs of slowing up. They have just announced another 3 stallions for the upcoming season with G1 winners Wandjina,Dissident and Northern Meteor sprinter Deep Field joining the ranks.

We are really excited that Newgate have taken a majority interest in our NORTHERN METEOR x KRYSTYNA BERTOLINA yearling colt. They have a big opinion of him and hopefully one day he will be joining the stallions ranks at Newgate Farm.

We still have a number of shares left in this colt. 5% shares are less than $12,000 so please call Julian (0427 662 977) to secure you share.