Trainer Mark Newnham biding his time before confirming a Gold Cup start for Glamour mare

Trainer Mark Newnham is sweating on the release of race weights before committing Greysful Glamour to a start in the Group 3 $200,000 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) at Hawkesbury on Saturday.

The Hawkesbury Race Club has extended nominations for the Cup after receiving 13 nominations on Monday.

Unless there are some quality extra entries received before Tuesday’s 11am deadline, Greysful Glamour, who boasts a 105 ratings, will be topweight with upwards of 59-60kg.

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Tuesday’s release of weights will determine if trainer Mark Newnham will run Greysful Glamour in Saturday’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Newnham concedes the likelihood of a good track at Hawkesbury on Saturday is the ideal racing surface for Greysful Glamour but wants to analyse the weights before declaring the grey mare a definite starter in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

“I’m going to wait until the handicapper releases the weights and see how she measures up against her opposition,’’ Newnham said.

“I realise I’ve got to race the mare when I can weather-wise but I don’t necessarily want to burden her with a big weight just for the sake of running her.’’

Newnham did confirm emerging three-year-old Onchao will contest the Group 3 $200,000 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) and his sprinters Blazing Miss and Black Magnum are in the Listed $140,000 Hawkesbury XXXX Gold Rush (1100m).

Exciting three-year-old Onchao will contest the Hawkesbury Guineas. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

The Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting has already attracted a bumper entry of 166 with nominations extended for the Cup and also the two-year-old feature, the Clarendon Stakes (1400m).

But trainer Joe Pride revealed promising three-year-old Private Eye won’t run in the Hawkesbury Guineas and instead will join stablemate Fasika at Eagle Farm next Saturday.

Private Eye will contest the Group 2 $350,000 Queensland Guineas (1600m) and Fasika is set to line up in the Group 2 $250,000 Victory Stakes (1200m).

“The forecast in Brisbane is for quite a few days of rain going into Saturday which will suit Fasika,’’ Pride said.
“It doesn’t matter what the track conditions are for Private Eye, he handles it wet or dry, and I think he is crying out for 1600m. He’s a really nice horse.’’

Originally published asWeight to determine Greysful Cup start

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