Keinbah trainer Roy Roots jnr has backed his support crew of Tom Ison and Jordan Whiting to continue his Newcastle premiership push on Tuesday night while he campaigns in Victoria.
Roots jnr has 28 wins for the season at Newcastle to lead Mark Callaghan (26), Clayton Harmey (25) and KerryAnn Turner (21) with five meetings to go.
Callaghan closed the margin with a treble on Saturday night when Roots jnr had one winner, Glengarry Rose.
Roots jnr has Miss Streisand, High Rolling (August 18), The Black Prince (August 10) and My Anna Rani (Tuesday night) in Victorian Breeders Crown qualifiers but still has a strong team at Newcastle.
“The boys at home, Tom Ison and Jordan Whiting, are doing a really good job and got a winner the other night, so I can’t see why they won’t do just as good tomorrow night,” Roots jnr said.
“Alabama Shakes (race one) has had a lot of problems but she’s starting to get back to her best, so she should be in the firing line.
“Seven Scotches (two) is very consistent and is probably a good chance because he likes the longer trip.
“Girls Got Courage (six), her form doesn’t read too flash, and I’ve only had her the one start, but she’s going quite good. Alabama Shakes is probably the pick but they’ve all got a chance.”
Artistic Flite, in race five, is Roots jnr’s other runner. She meets a strong field including Newcastle horse of the year Takara Truffle. The Aaron Goadsby-trained dual group 3 champion won first-up from an 11-month injury-enforced break at Newcastle on July 24.