Trial Watch Reviews : 6th July - 10th July 2020

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney barrier trials at Warwick Farm on July 3 and Randwick on July 10.

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Randwick A Grass – Heavy 8

14 Heats – 10 x 1040m (3 Open; 5 2YO; 2 Maiden); 4 x 735m (3 2YO; 1 Open)

The 2YO heats created the most interest as they featured several smart trials from unexposed youngsters preparing to make a late season start to their careers.

The unraced heat winners to make an impression included YARDSTICK, CARNEGIE SONG, WAAIFIYA and COMMANDING MISSILE. The winners with race experience to stand out were ON THE LEAD and TICKET TO RIDE while SUGAMO, WE HAD TOO MANY, PRIME STAR, SIDEARM and ARGENTEUS were noted 2YO placegetters.

The heavy track and desire of riders to track wider as the session progressed made time comparisons inconsequential.

The smart Les Bridge-trained filly MADAM LEGEND showed she was holding her form with a strong open heat win while her maiden stablemate ABSOLUTE LEGEND is ready to perform judging by the style of his heat win.

The classy former Kiwi mare RONDINELLA caught the eye in her first trial for John O'Shea. Her progress will be followed with interest.


X Absolute Legend; All Saints' Eve; Argenteus; Bondi Blue; Carnegie Song; Commanding Missile; Emeralds; Eye See Things; Invincible Dash; Invincible Fire; Juan Diva; Madam Legend; On The Lead; Prime Star; Rondinella; Satin Socks; Skymist; ; Sidearm; Sugamo; This Is So; Ticket To Ride; Yardstick; Waafiya; We Had Too Many.


Inside Grass – Soft 6

13 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 6 x 807m (3 Open; 3 2YO); 6 x 803m (3 2YO; 1 3YO; 2 Maiden)

Synthetic – 1 x 740m (Open)

ROSINA KOJUNUP (Bjorn Baker); This 4YO mare by Shamus Award creates a lot of interest as she has not been seen at the races since late 2018 when she won back to back at Hawkesbury and Warwick Farm before finishing fifth in the Gosford Guineas. She came back to win two trials that we noted with interest late last year before having another 29 weeks off prior to this sharp trial win over 807m (47.50; 34.01), leading easily and held together under no pressure to beat the well performed Single Bullet. They have persevered with her as she obviously has the ability.


XX Rosina Kojonup

X Accolade; Amicus Curiae; Bastaki; Bobby Dazzler; Carluca; Crazy Train; Daralina Belle; Destination; Eduardo; Fuschia Rose; Grimoire; Jet Propulsion; Knickpoint; Niewand; Mustang Suzy; Off Shaw; Single Bullet; Sir Plush; Suave; Tiny; Too Much Class; Torun

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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.