Hawthornden wins Newcastle Cup

07:31 AM 19 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Shane Tritton
Shane Tritton

Hunter Valley trainer Shane Tritton is hoping Hawthornden can continue on his winning way this campaign after proving too strong in Friday night's Newcastle Cup. The son of Grinfromeartoear was having his first run since May and after trialling well in the lead-up to his return the stable was expecting a strong effort.

"I've always had an opinion of him, I thought enough of the horse to give him a chance to qualify for the Chariots Of Fire by running him in the Hondo Grattan but I just lost him towards the end of his last preparation," Tritton said.

"He went 1:56 at the trials at Newcastle and I was really happy with how he went, I've always wanted to give him a go from the standing start and I think he is capable of racing in a higher grade especially under those conditions."

Tritton will now concentrate on Metropolitan racing with Hawthornden and expects him to handle the class rise.

"He wasn't too far away last campaign at Menangle and I think he will be better this campaign, our dream would be to get him into a Hunter Cup, that might be shooting a bit high but We Will See how he handles everything in the next month or so."

Meanwhile Tritton is working on travel arrangements for Mach Beauty and Suave Stuey Lombo after deciding on heading to Western Australia for the summer carnival.

"I've spoken with Michael Radley from Gloucester Park, ideally we would like to arrive just before the Fremantle Cup and stay for the Western Australian Pacing Cup too, I'm really happy with how they are coming along."

"Mach Beauty has had an easy time of it since the Miracle Mile but trialled on Wednesday, Lauren (Panella driver) returns from suspension soon too so everything is looking good for the stable."

Former kiwi pacer Ardghal will be set for the Maitland Inter City Pace but is yet to race for Tritton on this side of the Tasman. The son of McArdle raced under Tritton's care in New Zealand after he was purchased by clients of the stable earlier in the year.

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |


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