A pair of Warwick Farm-based three-year-olds sired by two of Australia’s international trailblazers can land a late one-two punch at today’s Nowra meeting.
On a rain-hit track that should claw its way up from a heavy 10, plenty of lightly raced city youngsters head south to put a winter marker in the ground before being set for bigger targets in spring.
Heading the list is speedy filly Miss Baltimore, who looks well placed to make it two straight this preparation in a modest benchmark 58 handicap over 1200m.
From the Warwick Farm yard of trainer Joe Pride, Miss Baltimore is a daughter of top-class sprinter Starspangledbanner, who did a lot to put Australian sprinting on the world map with his brilliant dual group 1 success in the Golden Jubilee and July Cup in the English summer of 2010.
Miss Baltimore is out of a mare by former Flemington track record-holder Iglesia and has plenty of that tactical speed on both sides judging from a dominant first-up win at this track on a similar rating.
In the final race on the card, tough and improving Edge Of Darkness can claim a second win from his seventh start in a benchmark 58 handicap over 1600m.
The Mark Newnham-trained Edge Of Darkness is a son of dual group 1 Cox Plate winner So You Think, who also stamped himself as one of Australia’s greatest exports for trainers Bart Cummings and world-renowned horseman Irishman Aidan O’Brien.
There’s also some of that old-fashioned So You Think grit in this gelding, who hasn’t missed a place in his last three including a smart maiden win at Newcastle three runs back.
Those two might be part of a clean sweep for Sydney stables, who are set to dominate the meeting.