Trial Watch Reviews : 16th March - 23rd March 2020

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barriers trials at Rosehill (March 16); Warwick Farm (March 20); Gosford (March 20) and Hawkesbury (March 23).

Standout winning the Heritage Stakes
Standout winning the Heritage Stakes Picture: Racing and Sports


21 Heats; 1 x 1250m (Open); 11 x 1000m (4 2YO; 3 Open; 4 Maiden); 9 x 760m (2 Open; 5 2YO; 2 Maiden)


X Sunborn; Poignant; Princess Of Meydan; Kung Fu Mushu; Spin The Wheel; Colonel; Julian Rock; Brazenpine; Corcra; Axe; Blazing Line; Qinghai Lake; Auxin; Multaja; Ballistica; Ice Cubed; Finally Realise; Epauvescent; In Flanders; Elizabeel.  


Inside Grass; Soft 7

14 Heats; 2 x 1200m (1 Open; 1 C1/Maiden); 6 x 795m (3 Open; 3 2YO); 6 x 791m (2 2YO; 1 3YO; 3 Maiden)

All eyes were on the rebound trial by high class 3YO STANDOUT after his soft track failure in the G1 Canterbury Stakes. He duly delivered with a professional display to win his 795m heat in the fastest time of the session (45.98; 33.00), this time moving strongly in the soft ground.


Others to make an impression in the open heats were TALLY (getting ready for another staying campaign) and DISRUPTOR, recording a strong795m heat win after tracking four wide. Pick of the maiden heat winners was STOLEN JADE, who looks to have made nice improvement since she last raced.

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace seems to have an endless supply of 2YOs this season and rolled out another big batch of youngsters set to make their mark in coming weeks. Keep a watch out for MACROURA, EASY SINGLE, STOLTZ, BLACK BOLT, NOWITZKI and SAN ANTONIO in their colours.


XX Standout; Stolen Jade

X Tally; Disruptor; Archedemus; Lisdoonvarna; Spanish Dream; Improvement; Reoffender; Macroura; Fifteen Aria; Attribution; Bargain; Easy Single; Stoltz; Black Duke; Already Blessed; Black Bolt; Nowitzki; San Antonio; Judge's Daughter; Niewand; Air To Air; Threeood; Comarco; Flinders; Sacred Suite.

GOSFORD March 20

Course Proper; Soft 5

15 Heats; 1 x 1100m (Open); 5 x 1000m (3 Open; 2 Maiden); 9 x 800m (4 2YO; 2 Open; 3 Maiden)


X Chief Ironside; Wicked Wench; Regal Stage; Magnalane; Rizzuto; Zorocat; If You Say So; The Bopper; Perfect Style; Shuhood; Little Rocket Man.

Chief Ironside winning the Schweppes Crystal Mile
Chief Ironside winning the Schweppes Crystal Mile Picture: Racing and Sports


Inside Grass; Heavy 9

12 Heats; 3 x 1030m (2 Open; 1 2YO); 9 x 900m (1 Open; 4 2YO; 4 Maiden)

No surprise that times were well outside par due to the heavy conditions

The speedy OMAR was a stylish winner of his 1000m heat (65.58; 36.30) showing his usual pace to set up a big lead and having plenty in hand to score by almost three lengths. He's fast but the query remains about this Gerald Ryan-trained flier beyond 1000m. His time was also bettered by his unraced 2YO stablemate NEVER NEVER RIVER (65.87; 35.90) and he looks a youngster to follow as he has won two of his three trials and was never under pressure to score by almost four lengths. He is ready to go to the races.

There were no obvious standouts in the 900m heats where the time standard was set by another of Gerald Ryan's short course speedsters in CARDIFF (55.10; 35.20). He's in good form for his return and will be well placed first-up over 1000m.

AMANGIRI was a class above her rivals in the only 900m open heat (56.63; 35.80) where the runner-up FEATHER also impressed with her late surge from last. Maiden performers DIS DAH WUN (56.62; 36.40) and PYRAMINX (56.21; 36.00) were good enough in their heat wins to suggest they have prospects.

The 2YO trials over 900m were an even batch with a number of youngsters having an easy time in the conditions. The quickest among the youngsters was OCEAN EMPEROR (56.43; 35.90) but it must be said other heat winners BROOKSPIRE (56.54; 36.50), ZANZIDANCE (56.48; 36.30) and EL BUENA (57.02; 36.40) could have improved their times. Youngsters to take the eye included DRIZZLE, SHIVANI, WINDSTREAM, OVERLORD and NOT AN OPTION.


X Omar; Golwen; Secretely Awesome; Donandkim; Abdon; Never Never River; Amangiri; Feather; Brookside; Drizzle; Covent Garden; Shivani; Zanzidance; Selburose; Obvious Step;  Windstream; El Burna; Overlord; Ocean Emperor; Not An Option; Cardiff; Dis Dah Wun; Pitjara; Pyraminx; Chewie Two.



Racing and Sports

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.