Trial Watch Reviews : 7th January 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Randwick and Wyong on January 7.

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RANDWICK January 7

Randwick A Grass; Soft 7

16 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 7 x 1045m (1 2YO; 2 Open; 4 Maiden); 8 x 740m (3 2YO; 2 Open; 1 3YO; 2 Maiden)

The honours went to the good mare LASHES and MIZZY with their impressive heat wins auguring well for their coming assignments.

Ex Queenslander MARWAY created interest winning the fastest 740m heat (43.20; 33.22) in his first trial for his new trainer Mark Newnham with good efforts behind him from FASHCHANEL and EASY CAMPESE.

There were some nice maiden trials, most notable being the heat winners ROUCHEL (half-brother to Chautauqua), NEWSREADER and WE HAD TOO MANY and the placegetters ILIANA, YUMI and HIALOA.

Magic Millions Classic contender READILY AVAILABULL worked strongly to the line to win the only 2YO heat over 1045m narrowly from the unraced REMOVALIST, a good type with definite prospects. In the 740m heats the efforts of VACCINE, SATIRICAL GLORY and DUBAI QUEEN took the eye. Suspect they have a lot more to offer.

LASHES (Matthew Smith): She's one of the fastest mares in Sydney when allowed to run. Led her 1045m heat comfortably by two lengths after 200m before she increased her speed noticeably from the 600m to lead by six turning for home. From there she cruised to the line under no pressure and while the overall time wasn't flash (63.34) she sprinted home in the fastest closing sectional (34.15) in the 1045m heats to score by 5.3 lengths.

MIZZY (Anthony Cummings): This dual G2 winner was too sharp for her rivals in her 740m heat, leading easily and doing it in style for a soft 1.3 lengths win in good time (43.72; 33.48). Expect to see her perform well fresh.


XX Lashes; Mizzy

X Baden Road; Blesk; Bundchen; Dubai Queen; Easy Campese; Fashchanel; Hialoa; Iliana; Newsreaader; Nothinsweetaboutme; Quatum; Readily Availabull; Revivalist; Rouchel; Rule Of Law; Satirical Glory; Stonehenge; Tommy Gold; Waafiya; Vaccine; Yumi; We Had Too Many

WYONG January 7

Course Proper; Soft 6

18 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 5 x 1000m (2 Open; 3 Maiden); 12 x 845m (4 2YO; 3 Open; 5 Maiden)

THE BOPPER (Kris Lees): First trial by this quality 3YO since he won the Listed Brian Crowley at Randwick in October for his third win in four starts. Travelled easily in the lead in his 1000m heat (59.82; 34.57) and was never put under serious pressure when challenged late, finishing a close second in what was an obvious conditioning trial. Expect him to be much improved by the hitout.

DELEXO (Kristen Buchanan): Unraced Exosphere 3YO has won three trials at Newcastle, Scone and Wyong in the last six weeks and is obviously ready to go the races. No early speed here but pulled his way to the front at the 700m and from there was always in control, running to the line under a soft ride to record the fastest of the five 1000m heats (59.70; 34.56). Sure to be well fancied when he makes his debut.

CALIPARI (Mark Minervini): Strong return by this fast 5YO gelding in his first trial since May. Led as he liked under a tight hold in his 845m heat and did it easily to score by almost 3.5 lengths in fast time for the session (50.98; 34.24). Set for a good campaign.

EXPRESS AWARD (Tracey Bartley): Precocious Shamus Award filly jumped straight to the front and was always keener to go faster in her 845m heat, Jess Taylor holding her down under a tight ride for a soft win in good time (51.22; 34.74). A veteran of only one race start, she wore ear muffs that indicates she is highly strung but it's obvious she has ample natural speed.


XX Calipari; Delexo; Express Award; The Bopper

X Alpha Go; Cartography; Celer; Oakfield Hiawatha; Perfect Style; Rockness Angel; The Outcast

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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.