Bjorn BakerRegally bred four-year-old Our Royal Egyptian, a beaten odds-on favourite in his only two starts thispreparation, is set to atone in the 1150-metre maiden plate at Newcastle’s Beaumont track on Saturday.
The entire,trained by Bjorn Baker at Warwick Farm,went for a spell in January after twoplacings from his first four starts.
While spelling, Our Royal Egyptian underwent a wind operation. After a cracking Warwick Farm trial win onJuly 14, heresumed at Gosford on July 29. Backed from $2.20 into $1.80, he worked hardthree-wide with no cover before finishing second, half a length from the winner. On August 17 at Gosford, he firmed from $1.70 to $1.55 and was nailed on the post after leading from the start.
Baker was confident of a better result at Newcastle.
“This is a lovely race for this horse and he has drawn nicely and has genuine speed,” Baker said.
“Our Royal Egyptian is a big, burly individual and it has taken some time to get him fully fit. There were excuses first up because he was caught wide and second up I couldn’t find an excuse but the winner Longreach looks prettysmart.
“We will be going forward again on Saturday and I am confident of a bold showing.”
Hunter Valley abattoir owner Edward Throsby and trainer Kris Lees will be hoping for a change offortune when Karavali resumes. Under Lees’care, Karavali has had three Australianstarts for seconds at Warwick farm, Rosehill and Newcastle.
The mare was bought by Throsby afterfourstarts for one win in New Zealand.
She has had the benefit of two recent barrier trials and Lees has booked Sydney apprentice NickHeywood, who claims 1 ½ kilograms.
Warwick Farm stayer Vindex should be rewarded for his recent run of Newcastle minor placingswhen he contests the opening event the 2200 metre Class 1 and Maiden Plate. The gelding has filledthe minor placings in his past two starts on the Beaumont track and another on the NewcastleCourse Proper. Vindex drops in class after chasing home the inform Jagger in her past two starts.
Two of Australia’s high profile stables look to dominate the 1250 metre Maiden Handicap. TheHawkes family will be represented by the three-year- old colt Reflectivity a recent Rosehill barriertrial winner. He was narrowly beaten in the Rosehill Golden Slipper Gift on debut in November.
Sprinting To Win is trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and he has been placed in his past two startsat Newcastle and Gosford.