Poco Dorado leads Newcastle Cup trifecta for John Finn

Cranebrook trainer John Finn claimed the trifecta as Poco Dorado dominated the Sires On Ice Keybow Newcastle Cup (715 metres) in near-record time at The Gardens on Saturday night.

Poco Dorado. Picture: GRNSW

The $1.40 favourite took the early lead from box four and was never threatened to win by five lengths in 41.55 seconds, which was just 0.01 outside the track record set byBig Butters in June.

Finn’s Blue Moon Rising and Veloce Nero, which are from the same Fernando Bale-Chica Destacada litter as the victor, filled out the placings in the $15,000-to-the-winner feature.

The trio finished in the same order in the December 8 group 3 Summer Cup (720m) at Wentworth Park.

Saturday night’s win took the 32-month-old bitch’s stakes to$268,835 and 27 victories from 56 starts. It was her third win in a row and 11thout of her past 13 starts.

Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay’s Chief’s Sidekick was another impressive winner, in race four.

Pelaw Main trainer Cheryl Murray’s Blabba Mouth denied Mackay a winningdouble when it took out race six.

At Wentworth Park,Modus Operandi made it 10victories in itspast 20 starts when it ran downFemme Folle in the group 3 Christmas Gift (520m) to win by a length in 30.02.

“I figured that whoever was closest to the lead out of my dog and Nangar Blaze leaving the first bend would be the one to beat,” trainer Rob Tyler told thedogs老域名购买.au.“But I will admit I wasn’t sure whether Modus Operandi could run down Femme Folle when she zipped away with a clear break in the early stages.’”

Fastest 520m time on Saturday night was posted by the Sam Sultana-trained Motor City Gem, who scored in 29.94sec and ended a sequence of three placings from three Wentworth Park outings by scoring her sixth win in 12 appearances in a fifth grade event.

Motor City Gem overcame a moderate getaway to be second on the back straight before pouncing on the lead on the home bend.

Rita’s Boy notched a remarkable 14th Wentworth Park win in Saturday night’s Free-For-All, with the Mark Gatt-trained dog recording 29.96sec for the 520m and lifting his earnings to $102,000.

A maiden win at Coonamble in September was the turning point in the career of Bugatti Chiron, who led all the way to upset odds-on favourite Zipping Falcon in a 520m fifth grade on Saturday night.

After Bugatti Chiron led all the way, Mark Knowles, whose partner Jacqueline Davis trains the winner, said: “Buggati Chiron was missing the start and doing everything wrong early in her career.

“When Jacqui took her to Coonamble in September there was no pre-race stir-up available and Bugatti Chiron jumped in front and led throughout.

“From that day on Jacqui has not given Bugatti Chiron a pre-race stir-up, and for the most part she has jumped cleanly ever since.

“The stir-up was obviously getting Bugatti Chiron too excited and causing her to miss the kick.”

Yankee’s Ethics, the “outsider” of owner David Smith’s two runners in Saturday night’s 720m race, caused a surprise by coming from third early and second on the back straight to win clearly in a tidy 42.32sec.

The more fancied White Sox Ethics, trained by Peter Mantach for Smith, who trains Yankee’s Ethics, made the pace and looked all over a winner in running but faded to finish third, just over two lengths from the winner.

“There is nothing between Yankee’s Ethics and White Sox Ethics,” David Smith said later.

“Until tonight Yankee’s Ethics had the edge over middle distances while White Sox Ethics has probably been slightly better over 700 metres.

“But Yankee’s Ethics was only having his fourth 700m race in a month tonight because he has been unable to secure a draw.

“Because I had nominated him several times at the provincials since he last raced on December 1, I was forced to trial him over 720m at Wentworth Park last week after the final race and he clocked 42.59sec, so his win tonight did not really surprise me.”

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