The aptly named The Big Vin is set to atone for a luckless defeat at Gosford two weeks ago when he contests the 1200-metre Maiden Handicap at Newcastle on Saturday.
A huge animal, The Big Vin barely fits in the barrier stalls and he wasn’t happy in the stalls at Gosford, hence he missed the start in the small field of five.
The three-year-old was held up on the rail for most of the home straight with his jockey Andrew Gibbons desperately angling for a split between the leaders.
The Big Vin only saw daylight in the final 20 or 30 metres to go down by a head.
The Big Vin is trained at Gosford by Kylie Gavenlock and the astute trainer is confident that the spacious Newcastle track, in comparison to the tighter Gosford circuit, will see the gelding breakthrough in his third race start.
“He is much better suited on the big track at Newcastle, however, I would prefer a dry track,” Gavenlock said.
“The Newcastle track is such a good draining and drying track it should be OK and The Big Vin is in an early race.
“He is generally a quiet horse, but he played up a bit in the barriers at Gosford and he was last away. I am hoping that taking him away from his home track at Gosford will see him settle better in the barrier.”
Mature apprentice Jenny Duggan can continue her successful comeback after a four-year break at Newcastle on Saturday. The mother of two young children, Duggan has a full book of eight rides.
David Atkins’s mare Longchamp Lass can break through for a well-deserved win in the final event, the 1400-metre Benchmark 64 Handicap.
She has been placed in six of her nine starts on the Newcastle track.