Trial Watch Reviews : 17th July - 20th July 2020

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Rosehill (July 17), Hawkesbury (July 20) and Newcastle (July 20).


Inside Grass; Good 4

17 Heats – 1 x 1250m (Open); 5 x 1000m (2 OLpen; 2 Maiden; 1 2YO); 11 x 800m (3 Open; 6 2YO; 2 Maiden)

It was a hint of next season with some big name Godolphin runners comprising older Group stars and classy rising 3YOs taking the first steps in their build up to the spring. For most it was no more than a morning out for exercise with the majority certain to trial again before resuming.

However class came to the fore in some heats with the best of the Godolphin trials coming from ATHIRI, FLIT and EMANATE among the older brigade and THE GRACES, THERMOSPHERE, STELVIO, MASHRABIYA and IN FLANDERS the best of their 2YOs. Oaks winner COLETTE, multiple G1 winner AVILIUS, CASCADIAN and ROHERYN were among those having easy exercise.

ATHIRI was a sharp winner of her 800m heat (47.57) with FLIT closing strongly for a close second and ROHERYN not asked for a serious effort in fifth. ZAKAT got the better of stablemate CASCADIAN in another open heat over 800m in much slower time (48.80) with AVILIUS not tested to finish only 1.5 lengths at the rear in a four horse field.

EMANATE, a daughter of the four-time G1 winner Guelph and a maiden winner from three starts in her first prep, had no trouble dispensing with her rivals by more than  four lengths in a 1000m heat where she could have gone quicker than her winning time of 61.74.

The 2YO trial of note saw the Joe Pride-trained TORUN extend strongly off a fast pace to win in the quickest of the 800m heats (46.26) with Godolphin's long striding MASHRABIYA impressing with the way she ran through the line late for third.

XX Emanate; Athiri; Flit; Torun

X Belle Of Clonmel; Bigger Than Thorn; Elani Rose; Family Are Strong; Girl Tuesday; Harmony Fire; In Flanders; Loveseat; Mashrabiya; More Joie; Rathvilly Miss; Stelvio; The Graces; Thermosphere.


Beaumont Grass; Soft 7

12 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 2 x 1000m (2 Open); 9 x 800m (2 Open; 5 2YO; 2 Maiden)

X Bethencourt; Chianti; Different Strokes; Evalina; Fall On A Star; French Marine; General Soho; Kedah; Le Romain; Miss Redoble; Mugatoo; Pizzly; Princess Betty; Reaching


Inside Grass; Heavy 8

10 Heats – 3 x 1030m (2 Open; 1 2 & 3YO); 7 x 900m (1 Open; 5 2YO; 1 3YO)

Group winner TIME TO  REIGN added another chapter to the saga that is his see-sawing career, bouncing back from his first-up failure to record a routine front running heat win over 1030m in average time (65.68; 35.97). As a result there will be an expectation to see him perform when next produced but the effort of third placed CINQUEDEA was perhaps more noteworthy.

Time To Reign's talented stablemate SINGLE BULLET was more impressive winning his 1030m heat in faster time (63.18; 35.64) by a hollow five lengths over a deeper field that included the G1 star KOLDING. It was his second trial in preparation for what should be a strong first-up performance.

KOLDING was above himself and merely was out for exercise. His stablemate STAR OF THE SEAS was the one taking the eye with his strong fourth under a good hold.

The 2YO heats over 900m featured smart wins by the previously noted unraced pair THE FACE (55.59; 34.91) and MURUNTAU (56.41; 35.75). Both are unbeaten in their trials – they were first listed after their debut trial wins - and there should be a queue forming waiting to see where they kick off their careers.

CANADIAN SPICE (56.70; 35.98) and CASTLECOMER (56.70; 35.53) were other 2YO heat winners to make an impression while there was plenty to like about the easy work of the unplaced pair HEAD ON UP and CAT D'ORO.

The 3YO trial was won in strong style by the talented Sebring filly HEART OF THE OAK, doing it with ease to record the fastest time for the seven 900m heats (55.15; 35.21). She was tried in Group company in the autumn after three restricted wins and should make further progress as a 4YO.

XX Single Bullet; Heart Of The Oak

X Apollate; Beachhaven; Canadian Spice; Castlecomer; Cat D'Oro; Cinquedea; Dancing Gidget; Head On Up; La Tigresa; Muruntau; Quatum; Star Of The Seas; The Face; Time To Reign


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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.