Mark Newnham is hoping his two runners at Wyong on Friday will help him end the 2019/2020 season on a high.
Newnham has trained a personal best 65 winners for the season and has two more meetings, Hawkesbury and Wyong to add to the tally.
“It’s my fourth season and we’ve produced more winners each year,” Newnham said.
“I still have the same number of horses as I did last year, but we’ve got better quality horses and they are winning better races.
“The biggest difference has been the prizemoney. Last season it was around $3.6m and this season it is almost $5.4m.
“It’s very rewarding and would be a good way to finish it off with a couple more winners at Wyong.”
Sweeping Brook looks to be the best of Newnham’s duo, the Hinchinbrook gelding having been beaten in photo finishes in both of his starts.
An $80,000 yearling, Sweeping Brook lines up in the 3YO 1350m Maiden, with apprentice Tyler Schiller in the saddle.
He has been runner-up at Kembla over the 1200m and 1400m, with Newnham believing the Wyong distance should suit.
“He’s been very unlucky in both starts and photo finished twice,” he said.
“I’ve taken the blinkers off him this time because he’s seems to be getting to the front and just waiting for them.
“So, I thought he’s probably better to see them.
“The1350m is the right trip and he gets three kilos off for Tyler, so I think he is well placed.
“It’s has taken a long time to get him up and running, so I’ll only give him a short preparation. This could even be his last run this time in.
“He’s always shown a bit of ability and it would be nice to knock off a maiden win with him now and give him a bit more time.”
Newnham also considers his Dundeel filly Malfy, is well placed in the 1600m Maiden.
The three-year-old, who will be ridden by Robbie Dolan, is having only her second start, coming off a fourth at Hawkesbury over 1300m on July 12, where she was beaten just over a length.
“She ran quite well at Hawkesbury,” he said.
“She steps up to a mile and I think she is well placed. She is no world-beater but is well placed in this race.”
The first of eight races gets underway at 12.20pm.
Race 1 – 12:20pm: DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN (1600m): 1 CONTEST, 2 Rainbow Man, 3 Halevi, 4 Alanton’s Treaty.
Race 2 – 12:55pm: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP 4YO&UP MAIDEN (1350m): 1 NOW OR NEVER, 2 Anamagic, 3 Haunting Spirit, 4 Superbank.
Race 3 – 1:35pm: NSW JOCKEYS ASSOCIATION 3YO MAIDEN (1350m): 1SWEEPING BROOK, 2 First Fleet, 3 Alkaamel, 4 Dizzy Dawn.
Race 4 – 2:10pm: COCA-COLA 3YO&UP MAIDEN (1100m): 1 EYE SEE THINGS, 2 Enamour, 3 Garrison, 4 All A Lady.
Race 5 – 2:50pm: HAPPY 50TH MICHELLE CLASS 1 (1200m):1 MY ROSE MY KINGDOM, 2 Belistsa, 3 A Fortunate Lass, 4 Moetta.
Race 6 – 3:25pm: TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1BOLSON, 2 Easy Campese, 3 Dark Euro, 4 Luga Lad.
Race 7 – 4:05pm: JOCKEYS CELEBRATION DAY BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 PINK BEAU, 2 Tallis, 3 Mr Polar, 4 Superbella.
Race 8 – 4:40pm: WYONGS NEXT RACEDAY SUNDAY AUGUST 30 CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70 (1600m): 1 JUST SOCIETY, 2 Blazing Sunrise, 3 Vienna Rain, 4 All But Gone.