Trial Watch Review : 4th March 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney barrier trials at Rosehill on March 4.

ROCK and TOMMY BERRY Picture: Steve Hart


Inside Grass; Good 4

15 Heats – 4 x 1030m (2 Open; 1 2 & 3 YO; 1 Maiden); 11 x 900m (2 Open; 5 2YO; 1 3 3YO; 3 Maiden)

ROCK (Team Hawkes): This classy Group performer produced a super first-up trial, slicing through the field from last over the last 400m with Tommy Berry swinging to him to win the fastest of the two open heats over 900m (54.83; 34.02). He was visually strong and the clock backed up his performance as he ran a fast last 600m. Appeals as an ideal Stradbroke horse.

SIX AGAIN (Matthew Smith): Plenty of trial watchers have been waiting for this Written Tycoon filly to make her debut since her first two trials last year and the list will be even longer after this impressive performance. In her first hitout since her big Warwick Farm trial win in November she toyed with her rivals to score a soft four lengths win in her 900m heat in good time (53.47; 34.63) and had plenty in reserve.   

The form in the other 3YO heats looks reliable. The fastest 900m heat was won by another unraced 3YO maiden STAR CHERIE (53.29; 34.33) with another good type PRETTY ELSA a strong third. STAR CHERIE has now won two successive trials and is sure to be competitive on debut. ZANZIDANCE and KAAKIT AKIT sprinted to the line together in their 900m heat in good time (53.67), finishing more than six lengths ahead of the pack with their last 600m (33.81) the fastest of the morning.

The 2YO heats were a mixed bag with the quickest 900m heat won by the speedy ALL GIRLS (54.04; 34.63). The Capitalist colt RUSSIAN STANDARD, a big flop at short odds on debut, won the fastest of the four 1030m heats (61.52) after speeding to a big lead but he ran negative splits, coming back to them quickly in the last 200m with his last 600m the slowest of the day (36.04).

Noted performances in the open heats included PLAQUETTE, SUBPOENAED, MISTER SEA WOLF, CUBA and the 3YO filly TINKER McPHEE, a Group placed NZ winner now in the Chris Waller stable.


XX Rock, Six Again

X All Girls; Awe; Cuba; Head Of State; Kaakit Akit; Kaliko; Lady Piaf; Mister Sea Wolf; Oh Say; Plaquette; Pretty Elsa; Sagacious; Star Cherie; Starman; Subpoenaed; Tinker McPhee; Zanzidance

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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.