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    2019 - 10.13

    TRACKSIDE: Newcastle trainer Kris Lees, right, gives jockey Blake Shinn instructions before Sound Proposition’s gallop on Tuesday. Picture: Simone De PeakJOCKEY Blake Shinn was confident Sound Proposition and Newcastle’s course proper would be perfect for next week’s spring carnival after an exhibition gallop on the surface between races on Tuesday.

    Shinnhas been booked to ride Sound Proposition for thegroup 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) at Newcastle on Friday week. The race is one of four group 3 events on Newcastle Jockey Club’s premier day.

    The inside section of NJC’s $11.2 million main track, which opened in March,has not been used since May after maintenance work in June.The surface has come in for criticism but Shinn saw no problems with it after taking the six-year-old gelding along the rail.

    Shinn declares course proper for spring run TweetFacebook Newcastle racingSimone De Peak images from Painted Lady’s win in race four and the exhibition gallop of Sound Proposition on Tuesday.“I couldn’t fault it, I could only be complimentary,” Shinn said.“The horse felt beautiful on the ground and he was happy to really let down, and it didn’t appear that he was kicking back anything.I could only go on what I felt, and the ground felt perfect.”

    Sound Proposition was clocked over the final 600m, running into a strong headwind,in 34.2 seconds and Shinn said “it just shows the track’s in really good order”.It also pointed to a strong showing from Sound Proposition, a group 1 winner in New Zealand, in the Cameron.

    “He think he’s a great ride,” Shinn said.“Obviously he’s got form over longer but he’s come up through the ranks nicely since joining Kris and I think after his little freshen up, he’s going to be extremely hard to beat.”

    Sound Proposition isunbeaten in two starts for Lees at Randwick but is likely to face stiff opposition fromstablemate and Missile Stakes champion Invincible Gem.

    Lees said Invincible Gem will “probably run in the Cameron” after her luckless third in the group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) last Saturday at Randwick. Hesaid“she will be hard to beat where ever she goes” and the four-year-old had come through the checked run well.

    As for the Newcastle Cup (2300m), Lees said he would nominate Wahng Wah, Admiral Jello and Doukhan, which finished second, third and fourth respectively in the same race at Randwick on Saturday, for the feature. Singing, fifth in the Wyong Cup first-up last Friday, was another nomination.

    “Singing had an encouraging first-up run and Admiral Jello, dropping back in weight, I think he’ll run pretty well,” Lees said of his best Newcastle Cup hopes.

    As for other chances at the Newcastle carnival, Lees saidPrincess Posh, which won at Wyong Cup day, would go to the group 3 Tibbie Stakes and “deserves her chance in a race like that”.

    The word trackside on Tuesdaywas five-time Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williamswas set to nominate three horses for the Newcastle Cup.

    Meanwhile, Paul Perry will enterWyong Cup runner-up The Getaway and possiblyDer Meister for the Newcastle Cup, his son and stable foreman, Shannon Perry, said. The Newcastle trainerhad a winning double at home on Tuesday with San Francisco and Painted Lady, which could be nominated for theTibbie Stakes.

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