Trio of gallopers are set to fly the flag for Kim Waugh Racing at Newcastle on Saturday. Tickling continues her campaign in race 6 Homestead Pork F&M Class 2 Handicap, former Kiwi Bluetwentytwo resumes from a spell in race 8 XXXX Gold Class 2 Handicap whilst Oxford Bella is currently listed as second emergency in race 3 Coca-Cola 2yr old Maiden.
Tickling is deep into her racing campaign with the stable more than happy with the filly’s progress as she heads into her eighth start. “Tickling is well, she is racing in good form and continues to do all that is asked of her heading into Saturday’s race. She has been most consistent of late and whilst Saturday’s event does look to be a strong affair on paper I’m with the right run in the race she will again be more than competitive” added Kim. Josh Adams has been booked to ride Tickling with the pair jumping from barrier 3.
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Former Kiwi Bluetwentytwo kicks off his career on Australian soil under the care of Kim’s astute eye when he steps out in the final event. The El Hermano gelding has taken benefit from two lead up trials scoring over 845m at Wyong under his own steam. “Bluetwentytwo is a nice horse that has continued to impress me since his arrival to the stable. He’s only lightly raced and has loads of upside, he has won first up before and has good form over the distance and on heavy tracks which will be in his favour on Saturday” added Kim. Aaron Bullock has secured the ride aboard Bluetwentytwo with the pair jumping from barrier 4.
Oxford Bella is currently listed as second emergency in the third event on the card with the stable hopefully that the Bel Esprit filly will gain a start. “Oxford Bella is really well, she kicked off her career at Warwick Farm 45 days ago when she finished fifth on a very heavy track and she has continued to please me in the weeks since her first start. Saturday’s race look to have attracted a strong field of 2yr olds which is naturally the case this time of year however with the race experience on her side I’m sure she will be competitive should she gain a start” added Kim. Grant Buckley will be aboard, jumping from barrier 8.