Trial Watch Reviews : 30th Dec 2019 - 2nd Jan 2020

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Rosehill (December 30), Newcastle (December 30) and Warwick Farm (January 2).

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Good 4; Inside Grass

16 Heats – 5 x 1200m (2 Open; 3 Maiden); 6 x 807m (4 2YO; 2 Open); 5 x 804m (1 Open; 4 Maiden)

It was a pleasing session for Gary Portelli with his team winning four heats led by impressive displays from last season's crack youngster Time To Reign, the luckless maiden Spaceboy and the untapped filly Parche.

TIME TO REIGN was given a good test in his second trial since his mishaps last year, leading by a big margin and not fully tested to win his 804m heat by 804m 9.5 lengths in 47.43 (33.90).

SPACEBOY bolted to a 12 lengths win in his 1200m heat and surely must soon break his maiden sequence of five placings in six starts.

PARCHE was a real head turner in her 1200m maiden heat, letting down from off the speed with a classy turn of foot to run away by 3.3 lengths under no pressure. Looks certain to win races.

Other standouts included the speedster GOLDFINCH recording a slick win by almost five lengths in the fastest 807m heat time (47.21; 33.37); a quality win by Godolphin's maiden filly PLAQUETTE in the fastest of the five 804m heats (47.30; 33.50); and a sharp 804m heat win by the Jason Coyle-trained maiden filly FREEFICA in good time (47.43; 33.45).


XX Spaceboy; Parche; Goldfinch; Plaquette; Freefica

X Dio D'Oro; Toryjoy; Blossom Star; Ile Flottante; Bourbon Rose; Into The Fire; Easy Campese; Picaro; Cradle Mountain; Ruby Tuesday; Time To Reign; Joliette;

ROSEHILL December 30

Good 4; Inside Grass

16 Heats – 5 x 1030m; 11 x 900m

KING OF HASTINGS (Anthony Freedman): Classy Melbourne 3YO stiopped off on hisw ay to the Gold Coast for a tick over trial that will have him well primed for the MM Guineas. Went through his gears in great style to win his 1030m heat under a cold ride in a reasonable 63.82 (34.80).

OMAR (Gerald Ryan): Time wasn't flash (55.32; 34.60) but he was visually impressive cruising home in his 900m heat, holding a clear margin over some better performed rivals including the classy Champagne Cuddles. He's won three provincial races from six starts and looks capable of rising to midweek company in town.

HEART OF THE OAK (Gerald Ryan): Lot to like about the way he looped the field from last in his 900m heat, going four and five deep from the 500m, before  coasting to the line under no pressure for a soft win (54.79; 35.00). He's now won two trials since he was last seen winning at Newcastle in August and will be well fancied to win first-up.


XX King Of Hastings; Omar; Heart Of The Oak

X Redouble; Duca Valentinois; Irithea; Into The Abyss; Seraph; Katalin; Rammstein; Anethole; Hungry Heart; Nikau; Selburose; Kittyhawk Flyer; Beyliks; Mission River; Barguzin; Valdostana; Freighter; Hulk.

NEWCASTLE December 30

Good 3; Beaumont Track

18 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 6 x 1000m (3 Open; 3 Maiden); 11 x 800m (3 2YO; 3 Open; 5 Maiden)

SPECIAL REWARD (Kris Lees): Former Perth mare looks a readymade winner for the Lees stable after cruising to an impressive win in the fastest of the six 1000m heats (60.39; 33.48). She has obviously done very well since her Sydney debut when she disappointed at Rosehill in November.

SIR ELTON (Adam Duggan): Rising talent has won three from four and looks ready to build on that record after working well within himself to record a soft win in his 800m heat in a sharp 46.83 (32.37).


XX Special Reward; Sir Elton

X Royal Tudor; Mugatoo; Directory; Star Alibi;' Blazing Sunrise; Petrology; Moana Jewel; Lochita; Paavo; Kinloch; Riccardo; Designer Maid; Red Light Dancer; Animate; Gironde; Intrinsic; Classic Gown; Serriano; Sister Ellie; Miss Fox; My Naughty Boy; Pure Faith.

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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.