Trial Watch Reviews: 8th November - 11th November 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney barrier trials at Rosehill (November 8) and Randwick (November 11).

BERDIBEK Picture: Steve Hart

RANDWICK November 11

Polytrack; Synthetic

12 Heats – 1 x 1250m (Open); 6 x 1080m (2 Open; 4 Maiden); 5 x 780m (2 2YO; 1 Open; 2 Maiden)

Rare to see a full set of Randwick trials conducted on the synthetic track. The good thing was seeing several previously noted runners reaffirm their earlier trial form.

MISS GLENN (Richard & Michael Freedman): This smart unraced Written Tycoon filly looks a readymade winner. She has now won two of her four trials with this effort another impressive confirmation of her talent. She bounded to the lead under a hold in her 1080m heat (63.55; 34.65) and was in a world of her own leading easily by several lengths, maintaining her advantage to the line under no pressure.

PIZARRO (John O'Shea): Unraced All Too Hard colt has been on most hot trial lists for some time. He has put in eye catching performances in his four trials since April with this winning effort surely having him ready to win on debut. Back last on settling in his 1080m heat (64.91; 35.13), he made a long run three and four deep to join the lead under a big hold and had plenty up his sleeve in the run to the line.

The Waterhouse/Bott team were to the fore winning four heats including both 2YO trials over 780m with smart youngsters. Their Exceed And Excel colt ATHLETICA showed impressive natural speed to post the quickest time in the five heats over the distance (44.73; 32.88) while stablemate ENZINA, a racy filly by Menari, showed similar pace to win her heat (44.90; 32.92).

They also have a good maiden prospect in WRITTEN DOUBT, an unraced 3YO filly by Written Tycoon. She was having her third trial and looks to have a bright future after a sharp win in her 780m heat (45.43; 33.10).

John O'Shea's team also performed well winning three heats. His unraced Zoustar filly BLACK ON BEAUTY improved on her first trial to win her maiden heat over 1080m with style (65.47; 35.72) while his classy grey BERDIBEK worked well within himself to win his open heat (65.41; 33.72) in his first outing after a break. The Villiers Stakes and other features up to 2000m will be ideal summer targets for him.

MENSA MISSILE went quicker winning the other open heat over 1080m (63.60; 33.73) after the smart runner FORZANINI put plenty of pace into the heat with a fast mid trial sprint to take the lead. They worked to the line together with the runner-up given an easy time. 

BADEN ROAD, a well tried maiden filly from the John Sargent stable, was a keen winner of the fastest heat over 1080m (63.37; 35.16). The unraced runner-up SOLVERE was equally good in her first trial appearance for the Anthony Cummings yard.


XX Miss Glenn; Pizarro

X Athletica; Baden Road; Berdibek; Black On Beauty; Embeller; Enzina; Forzanini; Golden Queen; Lashes; Lucky Sun; Mensa Missile; Solvere; Written Doubt


ROSEHILL November 8

Inside Grass; Heavy 8

15 Heats – 3 x 1030m (1 Open; 2 Maiden); 6 x 900m (3 2YO; 2 Open; 1 3YO); 6 x 897m (6 Maiden)

Heavy conditions didn't detract from some sharp performances by lightly raced prospects.

SHIHONKA (Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott): Promising Capitalist filly has freshened up nicely from her Melbourne trip where she failed in a Group race at Caulfield, the first time in four starts that she has finished out of the money. Had no trouble leading the open heat over 1030m (63.05; 35.74) and extended nicely when called on to run freely to the line.

SNAPDANCER (Ciaron Maher/David Eustace): Signs are strong that this top stable has set this quality mare for a first-up win after two Sydney trials. Improved on her Randwick trial on October 19 to control her 900m heat from the front and had plenty in the locker cruising to the line under a strong hold. Her time wasn't flash (55.84; 35.33) but you had to like the way she went about her work.

SUPER VOGUE (Hawkes Racing): Unraced Press Statement filly really too the eye with the way she went through her gears to record a strong win in her 897m maiden heat (55.56; 35.58). Settled in the back half before getting into her work over the last 500m, making ground easily through the field and easily running past the leaders for a soft 1.7 lengths win.

For the record the fastest heat winners over the varying distances were HARAPAN in the 1030m heats (62.93; 36.18); COMMAND APPROVED in the 900m heats (54.75; 35.30); and KIPSBAY in the maiden heats over 897m (54.44; 35.25).

Sprit Of Boom youngster COMMAND APPROVED is a readymade runner from the Waterhouse/Bott stable. He has won both his trials impressively and is sure to be favoured to win on debut.


XX Shihonka; Snapdancer; Super Vogue

X Acapella Sun; Allusionist; Almighty Rising; Calgary Stampede; Clemenceau; Command Approved; Emilia Romagna; Harapa; Irish Angel; Kipsbay; Lady Lucilla; Moon Dancer; Negation; Never Second; Pentacost; Per Ivy; Saigon; The Ecuadorian; Waverider Buoy; Winnertakesitall

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Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports
Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.