O’Shea lines up repeat performance at Newcastle

John O'Shea

John O'Shea

Godolphin, the world’s largest racing empire, is set to continue its run of success on Newcastle’s Beaumont track on Saturday.

Godolphin’s Australian trainer, John O’Shea, landed a treble at Newcastle two weeks ago and in mid-September the trainer’s four-year-old Chetwood won the group 3 Cameron Handicap.

On Saturday, O’Shea will send three lightly raced gallopers, Jemadar (race three), Demilune (four) and Lawan (six) to Newcastle.

Three-year-old gelding Jemadar could not have been more impressive on debut on this track two weeks back in winning a maiden plate by 4½ lengths. This is a much stronger field, but he is very talented and should maintain his unbeaten record.

Demilune is a three-year-old filly which has not raced since being runner-up to the smart Prompt Response on this track in April but has had two recent trials.

Lawan’s only start was a close-up fourth at Kembla in May, but he won a recent Randwick trial.

Newcastle four-year-old Serious Hoffa steps up to the 2200m trip for the first time in the opening race.

Serious Hoffa was never on the track at Rosehill last start, but trainer Jason Deamer has found a winnable race for him here.

The Snowden stable will send two favourites up the M1 on Saturday in Diplomacia, beaten three lengths in a red-hot Rosehill maiden last start, and Emoclew, which made up many lengths to finish second at the last Newcastle meeting.