It will be a busy day for the team at Kim Waugh racing with a quartet of runners heading to Newcastle on Saturday.
Dual acceptor Five Stars Partner will take his place in the opening event Steel City Financial Planners handicap for benchmark 60 gallopers after Kim elected to scratch the gelding from race 5. The Rothesay gelding kicked off his current campaign with a solid second placing over 1100m on his home track two weeks ago with Kim really happy with Five Stars Partner’s progress following his first up performance naturally stripping fitter with the run under his belt. “Five Stars Partner is very well, I was very happy with his first up run and has continued to please both on and off the track and I feel that he has made the necessary improvement to go one better on Saturday from an ideal barrier. I have elected to take the blinkers off” added Kim. Aaron Bullock has been booked to ride Five Stars Partner, with the pair jumping from barrier 2.
King Viv resumes from a spell in race 2 Jursch Sutherland Maiden over 1350m. The lightly raced gelding has shown promise in each of his four starts as he continues to learn his trade with the stable very happy with the gelding progress since his return to the yard as he continues to take benefit from a recent trial in preparation to his race day return. “King Viv is well, he trialled nicely over 845 recently working home well under a strong hold when finishing third and whilst he will continue to take improvement from Saturday’s outing I could not be happier with King Viv and have elected to tinker with his gear and he will race without blinkers. Saturday’s race looks a nice race to kick off his current campaign and with a solid tempo I’m sure he will be hitting the line hard late” added Kim. Aaron Bullock will take the reins aboard King Viv with the pair jumping from barrier 7
Prince Dylan lines up for his second up assignment when he takes his place in race 4 The Huxley Hill Group Class 1 over 1150m. The long striding son of Dylan Thomas has continued to please both on and off the track following his first up run over 1000m with the stable confident of an improved showing on a bigger track and over a slightly longer trip from an ideal barrier. “Prince Dylan has made nice improvement from his first up run when he was run off his feet and never given a chance to travel chasing the leader in a leader dominated race. The tempo of the 1150m will suit Prince Dylan better and from barrier 1 I’m sure he will be given a good run in transit by Andrew Gibbons” added Kim.
Validate resumes from a spell in race 7 The Garis Group Class 1 Hcp for fillies and mares over 1150m. The Duporth mare has had the benefit of a recent trial where she showed natural gate speed before finishing third recently. “Validate is very well, she has continued to do well following her trial and whilst she will continue to improve with the run under her belt she is a mare that does race well fresh and has some run some strong races in Melbourne before joining our stable. Validate should be able to gain a lovely run from the rails draw and I’m sure she will prove most competitive” added Kim. Andrew Gibbons has been booked to ride Validate on Saturday.