NEWCASTLE trainer Trevor Bailey is heading back to the Gold Coast, but purely on a working holiday.
Bailey has successfully set up shop at Broadmeadow after spending many years with his father, Alan, who is a legend in the training ranks at the Gold Coast.
Trevor's hopes of heading back to the Gold Coast depend on Harada Bay, which runs at the Warwick Farm meeting tomorrow.
Harada Bay has shown promise and was a winner at Warwick Farm two starts ago.
Bailey remains quietly confident the gelding will book his ticket for the trip north tomorrow.
Bailey has aimed Harada Bay at the $1 million Magic Millions race for three-year-olds on Saturday, January 12, over 1400 metres.
Harada Bay's lead-up run will be in the benchmark 74 over 1300m at Warwick Farm.
"The plan is to get him to the Gold Coast, and he would have to go well on Saturday to warrant the trip away," Bailey said.
"I spent plenty of time at my dad's Gold Coast stables so to go back there with a promising horse for a big race is a real thrill.
"The owners, who are scattered throughout Australia, are keen to get the horse in the big race at the Gold Coast.
"He cost $80,000 as a yearling up there and I told the owners then not to worry about the two-year-old race.
"He was always going to need time and he furnished into a lovely three-year-old."
Bailey is expecting a big run from Harada Bay at tomorrow's meet.
"I freshened him right up after he finished fourth last start," Bailey said.
"He is jumping out of his skin right now.
"He worked really good on Tuesday and, although he is back in distance, he does go down in weight.
"I was considering taking Harada Bay to Wyong today for the Magic Millions three-year-old race there.
"But I decided that Warwick Farm might be a better option for him rather than Wyong.
"If he goes as good as I hope on Saturday in the small field, then he will travel north."
■ Champion Cessnock jockey Robert Thompson is hoping his old mate Youthful Jack will show a dash of his best form in the listed Razor Sharp Quality over 1200m at Warwick Farm tomorrow.
Youthful Jack will be having his last Sydney start in the $100,000 sprint before heading back to Tasmania.
This year Youthful Jack won the triple crown of sprinting in Tasmania, and trainer Ross Stitt has been set the same goal for early next year.
"He ran last first up but really it wasn't that bad a run," Thompson said. "Ross Stitt reckons the horse is getting fitter by the day.
"This is another huge test for him on Saturday and it is a crack field of sprinters.
"We are just hoping he will show he is ready to get back to Tasmania.
"It was a real buzz for all of us to win the three big races in Tasmania. Hopefully we can do it again next year."
■ Here is one for punters to keep a close eye on.
An unraced youngster named Aussies Love Sport has firmed from $81 into $41 for the Magic Millions race for two-year-olds next month at the Gold Coast.
He is from the Waterhouse stable and is reportedly burning up the track.
He will make his debut tomorrow week.
■ There is a new filly turning heads at Broadmeadow.
Her name is Sammy's Girl, and the reason she is attracting so much attention is that her very famous mum also strode along the Broadmeadow course in trackwork.
Sammy's Girl is the first foal of champion Newcastle mare Samantha Miss.
Sammy's Girl is by More Than Ready and has been transferred from Gai Waterhouse to Kris Lees.
It was Lees who guided Samantha Miss through her illustrious career, which included group 1 wins in the VRC Oaks, Flight Stakes at Randwick and the Champagne Stakes at headquarters.
Samantha Miss was third in a Cox Plate to Zipping and only injury prevented her achieving more big wins.
"Sammy's Girl does have similarities to her mum, who was just the best type you could hope to see," Lees said.
"I can only hope Sammy's Girl turns out to be half as good as her mum. If she does that, then her owner, John Singleton, is going to have plenty more fun at the races."
The bay filly has had two starts for a third. She has not raced since failing at Rosehill on October 27.
Samantha Miss fetched $1.5 million as a yearling and won $1,757,850 on the track.
She was retired in February 2009 after sustaining a tendon injury and Singleton outlaid $3.85 million to buy her two months later at the Sydney Easter broodmare sale.
■ Newcastle's dual group 1 winner Atomic Force has returned to Darren Smith's yard, while Midnight At Ascot is also back in training.
"There are set plans for Tommy, just let him settle back into training and make sure he wants to race again," Smith said.
■ Top Newcastle jockey Andrew Gibbons is predicting a bright future for Award Season, which was one of a trio he scored on at Muswellbrook this week.
"The horse showed in France he has the making of a very good stayer," Gibbons said. "He bolted in at Muswellbrook and the way he felt under me in the race he will be going to much more important races.
"He has improved all the way since coming to Kris Lees's stable.
"Cameren Swan [Lees's foreman] has played an important part with this horse.
"Cameren took a liking to the horse the first time he entered the stables.
"He won't let anyone else on Award Season.
"He has done a great job with the imported galloper.
"Really, he has the form to say he will make it in Australia.
"He finished third in a race in France where Puissance De Lune finished second. Glen Boss has already declared that horse as his Melbourne Cup hope for next year."
■ It would be a shame not to record the following very apt two-state double that occurred on Wednesday.
At Gosford, Brannickers (pronounced Bra 'n' Nickers) won at Gosford over 1600m.
Just five minutes later at Mornington in Victoria, another filly, Double Dee, scored over 1000m.
■ Newcastle trainers in their own right and brothers David and Phillip Atkins head to Sydney tonight with a pair of in-form gallopers.
David will start Panko in the 1900m Benchmark 80 at the Canterbury night meeting.
Phil has Watt Luck in the 1250m handicap, which is the last race.
Both horses have won their past two starts.
A family double tonight at the city meeting would be a great achievement.
■ Newcastle trainers and the Newcastle Jockey Club have come to a compromise over increases in track fees from January 1.
NJC chief Cameron Williams and director Phil Priestley met with trainers' representatives Peter Eggleston and Kris Lees this week. The Pro Ride and sand tracks will now cost trainers $2.50 a gallop.
■ Chad Schofield, who has made such an impact since transferring to David Hayes in Victoria, is under suspension and is heading home to Sydney for Christmas.
The star apprentice will return south in the new year.