Trainer Mark Newnham had to play a bit of catch-up with Your Too Good in her late autumn campaign but has had no such issues as the filly chases her maiden win at Hawkesbury on Thursday.
The daughter of Your Song out of Way Too Good recorded placings in both starts in April. Newnham said she was “a little bit backward” at the time but he could only be pleased with what she achieved behind a smart filly on debut and subsequently in a city two-year-old race.
“She was late to be broken in, so she’s been on the back foot from the start, and last preparation was her first full prep,” Newnham said.
“De An Andretti ran her down [on debut] and it was a pretty solid maiden. She drew wide and did a bit of work in running, and second-up she probably showed she’d had enough. She was at her top nearly the whole race, so she ran well without running up to her first-up run.”
So with the foundation of that first campaign to work with, Newnham said Your Too Good has done everything right ahead of the Independent Liquor Group Plate (1100m). She has been beaten under a length in both trials and the trainer can’t see any reason why she won’t be very competitive.
“She’s had a faultless prep to date, got the two trials out of the way, she’s drawn well and the track will be good,” he said.
There’s no doubt as far as Newnham is concerned that Russian Standard has the ability but warned he is a work in progress as he lines up in the Sky Racing Plate (1100m).
The gelding led second-up at Hawkesbury a month ago and was run down by Journalism over the same course after making a mess of his Kembla Grange return.
“He’s not short of talent but he has been a bit short on applying himself,” Newnham said.
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