Cross Discuss leads all the way in which within the Newcastle Stakes


Picture: Steve Hart

Cross Discuss is Doncaster Mile-bound after a robust win within the Newcastle function

Often extra at residence on a wetter monitor, the firmer going at Newcastle proved to be no impediment to Cross Discuss profitable the Group 3 Newcastle Stakes (1400m) on Friday.

Previously run because the Newcastle Newmarket, the five-year-old led all the way in which to register a fifth win within the race for co-trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Together with his document now at six wins and 5 placings in 12 profession outings, Cross Discuss will goal to change into the third horse to finish the Newcastle Stakes/Doncaster Mile double at Randwick on April 1.

Ridden by Tim Clark, Cross Discuss ($2 favorite) scored by a half-length margin over Gem Tune ($19) and the quick ending eye-catcher Cuban Royale ($10) a short-neck away in third.

“Tim is aware of how one can experience him,” steady consultant Neil Payne stated post-race.

“He let him stride and he was too match, too good and skilled by Gai and Adrian (Bott).”

This win was the gelding’s first for the reason that Listed Winter Problem (1500m) on July 30 on a floor rated Smooth 7.

“He’s a horse that may trick you as to how briskly you’re going however I did need to make it a little bit of a take a look at,” Tim Clark stated.

“I believed if I went too sluggish they’d outsprint me on prime of the bottom so if I dragged the dash out of them, that will be the important thing to profitable the race.

“If he occurs to get right into a race over the (Sydney) carnival and there’s a bit a rain about, as it may well so usually occur, it’ll improve his probabilities to no finish.”

Cross Discuss is rated a $26 likelihood for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) with Aft Cabin and Fangirl the equal Neds favourites at $8.

Aft Cabin runs at Randwick on Saturday because the $2.60 favorite within the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).


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