Trial Watch Review : 4th November 2020

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Warwick Farm and Gosford on November 4.

VIRIDINE Picture: Steve Hart


Inside Grass/Polytrack; Soft 7

21 Heats – Grass 2 x 1200m (1 Open; 1 Maiden); 7 x 8-7m (2 2YO; 4 Open; 1 3YO); 6 x 804m (6 Maiden); Polytrack 2 x 1175m (2 Open); 4 x 740m (4 Open)

A massive set with the grass heats run on a Soft 7 that saw riders prefer the mid to wide ground.

Snitzel filly CENTRO STORICO provided an early highlight with a sharp four lengths win in the fastest of the two 2YO heats over 807m (47.89; 33.73), almost two seconds quicker than the colts heat (49.64; 35.20).

The fastest 807m heat win was recorded by BRAZEN GEM (47.50; 33.33), having a fair bit in reserve as she coasted home in a trial of some depth. The quality Godolphin sprinter VIRIDINE also impressed finishing third after he was given an easy time over the last 300m.

Brazen Gem was among five winners from the Bjorn Baker yard and he would have also been pleased with the 804m heat wins by his maiden performers MISS JAY FOX (47.59; 33.79), CAN'T GET ENOUGH (47.63; 33.52); NATURAL NINE (47.77; 33.73) and SATURDAY SILENCE (47.43; 34.13). Another of his maidens BOOMKO also was beaten narrowly in the fastest 804m heat (47.01; 33.92) after going head and head with the winner PRINCESS OF MEYDAN.


X Boomko; Brazen Gem; Can't Get Enough; Centro Storico; Fulmina; Investor; Kawaikini; Kobe Rocks; Miss Jay Fox; Mission Bravo; Natural Nine; Pandemic; Princess Of Meydan; Royal Witness; Saturday Silence; Tahitian Dancer; Tiny; Viridine

GOSFORD November 4

Course Proper; Soft 5

16 Heats – 6 x 1000m (4 Open; 2 Maiden); 10 x 800m (3 2YO; 3 Open; 4 Maiden)

Classy sprinter TRUMBULL showed he had held his form since his impressive first-up win in the G3 Sydney Stakes at Randwick with a regulation trial over 1000m, sitting behind the leaders before sprinting home for a soft 1.4 lengths win (61.25; 35.82). However he was upstaged by TWO BIG FARI recording the fastest 1000m heat win (61.15; 35.99) where the runner-up STRAWB impressed with his strong effort over the last 400m.

Strawb was among several impressive triallers for Newcastle trainer Nathan Doyle with his promising maiden MENTALISM recording an impressive 1000m heat win (61.95; 36.63) and another of his maidens MUSCADELLE scoring in good style in her 800m heat  (50.23; 36.27). Local trainer Grant Allard would also be happy with the 800m heat wins by his talented pair AVID GENERAL (50.12; 35.95) and REJINSKY (50.58; 36.31).

The fastest 800m heat winner was the Brad Widdup-trained PHOENIX GLOBAL (49.81; 35.63). The three 2YO heats over 800m were standard fare with the David Atkins-trained CARARTIE recording the fastest time (50.53; 36.27).


X Avid General; Caratie; Converge; Eyewitness; Free State; Geo; Mentalism; Muscadelle; Oakfield Twilight; Phoenix Global; Pumbaa Rua; Rejinsky; Strawb; The Wayfarer; Trumbull; Two Big Fari; Whatsin; Zoffany's Lad

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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.