Mitch Newman's filly Supreme Escape secures narrow victory at Orange

ON A WINNER: Hawkesbury apprentice Claire Nutman saluted on board Supreme Escape on Tuesday at Orange. Photo: Dallas Kilponen
ON A WINNER: Hawkesbury apprentice Claire Nutman saluted on board Supreme Escape on Tuesday at Orange. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Remember the name Supreme Escape.

The three-year-old won by a nose at Towac Park on Tuesday, but it was the filly’s second win in three starts after breaking her maiden in Canberra two weeks ago.

Hawkesbury-based trainer Mitch Newman was thrilled with the victory, the pre-race $1.60 favourite holding off a strong surge from Tinmine ($4.60) on the line to claim the Central West Trailers Benchmark 64 handicap 1000 metre sprint.

“She never looked comfortable, she struggled with the track under feet but she got a bit of confidence and toughed it out late,” Newman said, Towac Park rated a soft seven after rain in the lead-up to the TAB meeting.

“She’s got a bit of promise, there’s not much of her, but she might have a future.

“I might put her in the paddock now and see if she can come on a little bit.”

With four scratchings in the lead-up to the race, the field of five dipped further just minutes before the scheduled jump after Atum dumped jockey Mitchell Bell on his way to the barriers.

It left Supreme Escape, Dubbo hope Blinkin Rockin, Tinmine and Bathurst veteran Dunderry in the field, the latter running in his 95th race for Paul Theobald.

All four jumped well but it was Tinmine and Supreme Escape, with Claire Nutman on board, that pushed forward as they headed home on the straight.

Newman’s filly held on to defy much more experienced field, with Dunderry in third three lengths back with Blinkin Rockin behind.