Trial Watch Reviews : 10th June - 15th June 2020

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Newcastle (June 10), Randwick (June 12) and Hawkesbury (June 15)



Inside Grass; Soft 5

12 Heats – 3 x 1000m (2 Open; 1 Maiden); 9 x 800m (2 Open; 4 2YO; 3 Maiden)

It's not unusual for James Cummings to have day out at the Hawkesbury trials with his Godolphin team and this set was no exception as he had runners in 10 of the 12 heats. He would have been happy with the results as he won five heats and another nine of his runners filled placings.

The Godolphin team all performed with varying degrees of credit with the standouts being the accomplished black type pair KORDIA and PLAGUE STONE. KORDIA, winner of two of  his three starts but off the scene since a Listed win first-up in Brisbane last winter, easily had the measure of his rivals in the fastest of the three 1000m heats (60.43; 34.42) while PLAGUE STONE, a flier when fresh, had plenty in hand accounting for stablemate SUAVED in his 800m heat (47.91; 33.27.

Kordia  Picture: Racing and Sports

Another Godolphin winner to impress was the well performed VARDA winning her 800m heat in 47.97 (33.09) from accomplished stablemates TAILLEUR and ROHERYN. The other Godolphin heat winners were the 2YO GEMOLOGY and maiden runner CELANDINE.

Brad Widdup sent out some nice 2YO winners with the unraced SHAIK recording the quickest 800m heat win (47.32; 32.86) and CALGARY KING showing a sharp turn of foot to score in much slower time (49.53; 34.59).

Maidens to note for the future include the heat winners RIOT ACT and DISENGAGE with the latter showing great speed to win his 800m heat (47.54; 33.32) from a nice pair of unraced Godolphin stablemates LOITER and NOS ORIENS.


XX Kordia; Plague Stone

X Accolade; Amulet Street; Beauchamp; Bocelli; Calgary King; Celandine; Disengage; Gemology; Loiter; Nos Oriens; Paprena; Riot Act; Roheryn; Shaik; Special Date; Suave; Tailleur; Varda

Plague Stone
Plague Stone  Picture: Racing and Sports


Synthetic Track

11 Heats – 6 x 1080m (2 Open; 3 2YO; 1 Maiden); 5 x 780m (1 Open; 3 2YO; 1 Maiden)

EMBRACER (Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott): Another impressive trial win, confirming what we saw from him in his previous Randwick heat win on the synthetic on May 29. Led and sprinted away in this 1080m heat (63.59; 33.69) for a soft 4.5 lengths. I doubt that any horse is going better in the Waterhouse/Bott team than this talented 4YO.

EMBRACER Picture: Racing and Sports

GLOBAL QUEEN (Peter & Paul Snowden): Unraced Snitzel filly has been a noted performer in her previous trials. She has now had four trials and has steadily improved with each experience. This was her best effort to date, leading under restraint in her 1080m heat (64.29) before getting them all off the bit when she sprinted from the 300m, ripping home in a fast 33.83. Sure to be well fancied when produced.


XX Embracer; Global Queen

X Al Snip; Controvert; La Foret; Oojooba; Marsannay; Rule Of Law; Satin Ruby; Smart Image; Thudson; Titled Tycoon; Yangarra Rose; War Memorial


Soft 6; Course Proper

13 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 3 x 900m (2 Open; 1 Maiden); 9 x 800m (2 Open; 5 2YO; 2 Maiden)

Average set run under difficult conditions as the weather and track deteriorated – worse than a Soft 6 during the session.

Few standouts apart from the smart ZANIAH dominating her 800m open heat in the fastest time (45.69; 33.01) and a sharp win from the unraced Street Boss filly MUSCADELLE in the fastest of the five 2YO heats over 800m (49.87; 33.66).

A maiden win is in store for SYNCLINE, judging by his win in the fastest of the three 900m heats (54.58; 33.72). Keep an eye on the unraced LADY SUPERSPY when she is produced in a maiden after her strong second in her 900m heat won by another capable type in TWO GEMS (50.24; 34.12).


XX Zaniah, Muscadelle

X Brookwyn; Eyewitness; Korcho; La Girl; Lady Superspy; Manhattan Mist; Media Man; Syncline; Two Big Fari; Two Gems; Whatsin

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.