Lofty Strike's weighting game for Newmarket strike
A much better 2023 for Lofty Strike has Julius Sandhu with less weighing on his mind towards the Newmarket Handicap.
Julius Sandhu couldn't be happier with his stable star Lofty Strike as they chase an elusive win at the highest level in Saturday's Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
This time last year the dream of winning the Blue Diamond was well over for Cranbourne-based trainer Sandhu as injury struck the then promising juvenile and was ruled out for the rest of the year.
To this year and Lofty Strike has not only returned a Group 2 winner but also snared second placing in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Sandown ten days ago behind Uncommon James.
Now Sandhu's attention turns to another time-honoured feature, and what the handicapper will have the three-year-old carrying down the famous Flemington straight.
"He's pulled up super,. He'll have a good hit out on Tuesday and Froggy (Craig Newitt) will come down and ride him with hopefully a little more luck this time.
"He was enormous at Sandown. Outside of winning, he did everything else."
"You can't fault the horse's run and in Group One racing you need an ounce of luck against quality horses. Hopefully thing's go our way on Saturday," Sandhu added.
With Craig Newitt retaining the ride on Lofty Strike, the colt is rated a $13 chance in post-nominations markets with I Wish I Win the $3 favourite.
Don't miss out on tickets! Australia's most famous sprinting handicap, the $1.5 million Group 1 Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap (1200m), is a highly anticipated date on the racing calendar for racing purists and eventgoers alike.