Newitt Thrilled to Ride Extreme Choice in 2017 Oakleigh Plate

February 21st, 2017

Craig Newitt is thrilled to be partnering standout colt Extreme Choice in Saturday’s featured 2017 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse.

Extreme Choice is primed for a big first-up performance in Saturday's 2017 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Extreme Choice is primed for a big first-up performance in Saturday’s 2017 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Newitt piloted the three-year-old to his maiden Group 1 win in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at this meet a year ago and has continued to experience plenty of success with the colt, having also won the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) in spring.

Newitt has so far ridden two Oakleigh Plate winners in Snitzel (2006) and Lankan Rupee (2014) and believes that Extreme Choice is in the right form to salute first-up on Saturday.

“They’re obviously two high-class horses that I’ve won the race on and he’s every bit as good as them,” Newitt told AAP.

“He’s shooting for his third Group One, so hopefully he can get it.

“He’s obviously a lot stronger physically this time in.

“His trials have been good. His work has been good. So he’s ticking over very nicely.

“His work and trials suggest he’s going every bit as good as he was last preparation.

“I felt he probably trialled a little bit better this prep than what he did last prep. So he’s right on song.”

Newitt has so-far partnered nineteen horses trained by Mick Price to a win at the highest level and is hopeful of continuing that trend in the Oakleigh Plate.

“He’s been a good supporter and on the big occasions we seem to get it right,” Newitt said.

“So that’s good.”

Extreme Choice has posted four races wins through his six career starts so far and banked more than $1.6 million in prize money.

Having debuted for a comfortable win in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick in December of 2015, the Not A Single Doubt colt resumed last year to win the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) by five lengths before taking out the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Finishing his campaign a lacklustre eighth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) after missing the jump, Extreme Choice delivered an open field of the world’s best sprinters defeat in the Moir Stakes first-up in spring and was last seen working home for fifth in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on October 29th.

Extreme Choice remains a clear $3.50 favourite in early 2017 Oakleigh Plate betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au.