Flame to Burn Brightly at Cameron Handicap

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Team Snowden will have riders in all three black type races at the Newcastle Gold Cup meeting

Promising import Old Flame will be on trial for a Group 1 start when he travels to Newcastle for the Cameron Handicap.

In their second Australian run, the set resumed with a bold victory at Rosehill last month when they exhausted Purple Sector to the last limits.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden expects him to enjoy a 100m to 1500m climb in Friday’s Cameron Handicap, as well as the vast Newcastle track, and he is unfazed by the draw exterior of Old Flame in the area of ​​10.

“He’s a little clunky, but he’s not a big field and he’ll get ahead anyway, so that should be fine,” said Peter Snowden.

“It was either going here or the tram and I thought Newcastle was a good track for him, the 1500 is good, I just hope that rain doesn’t come.”

The winner of the Cameron is exempt from a ballot for the Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 1 and Snowden is keen to bring Old Flame to the feature provided he meets expectations at Newcastle.

“If he runs well up there he (goes to Epsom),” Snowden said.

Old Flame rivals include Purple Sector, as well as Queensland Guineas winner Character and Tulloch Lodge gelding Cross Talk, who has been refreshed since being beaten as favorite on the Rowley Mile last month.

Stable Snowden will be represented in the Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) by Carif on Friday, while under-priced mare Mirra Vision will tackle the other element of the day, the Tibbie Stakes (1400m).

An austere stint, Carif is targeted for the St Leger (2600m) on Everest day but is able to run in the leaderboards, while Mirra Vision resumes a mission to do better than his close second in the Tibbie Stakes ago 12 months

“She was beaten by very little last year and her early form is good,” Snowden said.

“She’s had a few more tries and a bit of work to prepare her for that, so she should be very competitive.”

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