Scone record holder Invincible Gangsta will appreciate a huge drop in class when he contests the 900-metre class 2 handicap at Tuesday’s Newcastle race meeting.
A brilliant short courser, Invincible Gangsta, trained at Wyong by Kristen Buchanan, was not disgraced when beaten two lengths in a hot class 2 900m race at Newcastle on June 23.
That was his first start for three months and he shared the lead with the smart Puppet Master until his condition gave out with 200m to run. The three-year-old was bred by former Newcastle Knights second-rower Darren Treacy, who races the horse in partnership.
Invincible Gangsta raced away from Rebel Cry to win a Newcastle maiden in February. On March 8, he led all the way to break the Scone 900m record. Buchanan was confident she had found “a nice race” for her speedster.
“He drops sharply in class and will carry less weight than he did in that quality field first up,” she said. “He needed that run and the winner took him on in front and put Invincible Gangsta off his game. I believe he is a better horse chasing and, from barrier two, I am hoping he can sit behind the leaders.
“He has a real good turn of foot when held up. We have been lucky to secure Jean Van Overmeire to ride him and he claims 1 ½ kilograms.”
Crackneck was favourite ahead of Invincible Gangsta. Crackneck also has blistering speed but he has run off the track on the home turn in his past two Newcastle starts.
James McDonald, back from Royal Ascot, will have one ride – on the Chris Waller-trained McMahon in the 1600m class 1 handicap.
The New Zealand-bred three-year-old was ridden by McDonald when he came from last to win a Wyong maiden on debut on June 7.
The jockey was in England when the horse was beaten out of a place at Hawkesbury on June 21. The 1600 metres is ideal and McMahon can be ridden patiently on the big track.
Kris Lees accepted with only two horses for his home track meeting, The Tenor and Ten Carat.
Two-year-old colt The Tenor, Brendon Avdulla’s only ride on Tuesday, is a short-priced favourite in the 900m 2YO maiden handicap.
The Tenor is on debut on the back of an effortless Cessnock trial win on June 27. He led all the way in the 800m trial and was never off the bit. The colt has drawn well and is expected to win on debut.
Ten Carat failed at Cessnock last start and has the task ahead in the 900m class 2 handicap.
Waterhouse-Bott filly Diamond Star Halo will be a long odds-on favourite in the opening event, the 2360m class 1 and maiden plate. She has been placed in her past five starts and was narrowly beaten by imported stayer Nahuel over this trip on this track on June 30.