Two horses at different ends of the career spectrum will step out for recently relocated trainer Mark Sues at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
Sues will saddle-up first starter Consomme in the Warwick Farm 2YO Plate (1000m) while tried gelding Anything, formerly with Chris Waller, will have his first run for Sues in the Tab.com.au Handicap (1000m).
Consomme was a $15,000 buy at the Inglis Classic Sale and finished fourth at her only barrier trial but Sues said her fitness had improved markedly since.
“She shows plenty at home. It’s just a shame we didn’t have her a bit more forward for the trial and she would have shown a lot more there,” he said.
Consomme is out of Campbell Fever who has been a prolific producer and at 23 years of age is still going strong.
Her progeny include stakes performers Woppit, Dane Fever and Swinging Bachelor, while the family also boasts the likes of Group One winner Rock Classic.
“She’s from Campbell Fever and the family is just littered with black type,” Sues said.
“She was a little bit small and that’s why I got her for the price but the family is small and she’s got everything in the right spot, put it that way.”
Anything was also picked up relatively cheaply.
A four-time city winner, the six-year-old was knocked down to Sues for $9,500 at the Inglis Spring Thoroughbred Sale in Sydney.
He is thriving for his new trainer and impressed Sues with his recent third to Bound To Blush in a barrier trial.
Apprentice Alex Stokes has the ride.
“On his work and on his trial, I think he’ll be hard to beat if he’s ridden the right way and that’s why I’ve brought Alex with us,” Sues said.
“She knows the horse and what he can do and she will ride him the way he’s got to be ridden.”
Sues has only called Newcastle home for four months after relocating from Queensland.
He was involved with horses for much of his early life but had to take a step back from racing due to other irresponsibilities.
Sues said the time was finally right for him to pour his energy into training and the increased prizemoney levels in NSW prompted his move south.
“I’ve been involved in racing ever since I was 15. I was a stablehand and foreman and trained a little bit for myself then I had business commitments and family commitments and I had to give it away,” Sues said.
“A few things have changed and I decided it was the time to give it a go.”