RACE 2: (1) MASTER OF WINE: May not have reached the heights expected of him over the last 12 months but he remains a talent with upside and could not be better placed with only 2.5kg over the limit under these compressed weight conditions after his two recent starts in G1 WFA company. The improving track conditions on his home course where he has won twice from three starts will give him every chance to regain his impressive winning form of last season.
RACE 4 (8) ALL SAINTS' EVE: Quality mare is ready to peak after two sound efforts in strong form races since resuming. Had to change course at vital time when a close first-up third in the G3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Randwick won by Think It Over then doing best work late when sixth behind Krone in the G1 Coolmore Classic over this course and distance three weeks ago. They meet on the same weight terms but confident she holds more scope for improvement on a softer track.
RACE 8 (4) ROCK: Unbeaten in three second up starts and can add to that record as he is sure to have come on from his strong first-up third in the G2 Ajax Stakes over this course and distance behind I Am Superman and subsequent G1 WFA winner Think It Over. The map reads well for him as there should be plenty of pressure up front and trusting that the Ajax Stakes form will hold up as it did last week as he meets a similar field under favourable conditions.
TRIAL WATCH REPORT
Noted Trial Runners – April 3-5
ROSEHILL SATURDAY: Saif (R1); Sweet Deal (R4); Nimalee (R4); Wisdom Of Water (R5); Signore Fox (R5); Brandenburg (R5); Buffalo River (R8); Royal Celebration (R9); Akari (R9)
CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Pesto (R1); Cuba (R8)
KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Ralph's Folly (R4); Running Four Bub (R5); Mission Legend (R6); Lillium (R6); Game Of Thorns (R9)
MORUYA SATURDAY: Bowie Of Dubai (R1)
HAWKESBURY MONDAY: Six Again (R2); Auzstar (R2); Miss Jay Fox (R2); Khumbu (R3); Sterny Bear (R3); Field Wiri (R3); Hard To Excel (R3); Kahuka (R4); Gravina (R7)
TAMWORTH TUESDAY: Hamoon Star (R1); Sterny Bear (R1)
RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Salina Dreaming; Le Gai Soleil; Rubamos; Splendiferous; California Cible; Just Field; Itz Lily; Kalino; Tidal Impact; Anagain; Star Cherie; Mugatoo; Majestic Shot; Rainbow Connection; Najmaty; Jojo Was A Man.
ROSEHILL March 29: Sharp winners in the 895m heats included MISS JAY FOX (54.44; 34.86) and the last start Flemington placed 2YO SAIF (54.77; 35.49).
RANDWICK March 26: No doubt talented trainer Annabel Neasham has former Queenslander WISDOM OF WATER in top form to resume. This was his second dominant trial for Neasham with the 3YO colt surging away in the heavy ground for an easy 3.3 lengths win in the fastest of the 1045m heats (63.51; 35.25). NIMALEE made the best impression in the three 1200m heats with a strong all the way win (74.31; 35.37). Stablemates CUBA and SWEET DEAL trialled nicely in their 1200m heats under no pressure. The Polytrack trials saw top shelf Melbourne star BUFFALO RIVER open up over the last 200m to win his 1080m heat by seven lengths, running a very quick last 600m (64.30; 34.45).
WARWICK FARM March 23: Unraced Written Tycoon filly SIX AGAIN continues to be a trial star. This was her fourth trial since last June and her third win by a big margin (5.3 lengths), again putting the time on the clock in her 740m heat (44.23; 33.56) by recording easily the fastest last 600m split by more than half a second under a big hold. They have been patient but it will be no surprise to see her rise quickly through the classes. In the 2YO heats the pacy newcomer BOWIE OF DUBAI put the quickest time on the board (44.52; 34.09).
WARWICK FARM March 19: Best polytrack trial came from the lightly raced 3YO MISSION LEGEND. Should resume in good form after a strong win in the fastest 740m heat (44.34; 33.90). Another nice winner in the 740m heats was the 2YO colt KHUMBU (44.64; 34.48).
ROSEHILL March 15: WISDOM OF WATER recorded a strong win in his first trial for his new trainer. He travelled kindly three wide after a slow start and loved the way he responded when Jason Collett called on him to go up a gear and assert his authority over the last 200m for a soft win in good time (54.79) with the last 600m the fastest of the session (34.66). The heats over 1030m featured an easy win by the fit last start winner CALIFORNIA CIBLE (64.57; 36.21).
RANDWICK March 11: Ramornie Handicap winner SIGNORE FOX has won two recent trials and is in top form to resume. Just as he did at Canterbury on February 23 he was never of the bit as he surged through the line from off the pace for a soft 1.5 lengths win in the fastest of the seven heats over 1050m (62.76; 34.37). Another good win in the open heats over 1050m came from ROYAL CELEBRATION (63.10; 34.47).
ROSEHILL March 4: Plenty of trial watchers have been waiting for Written Tycoon filly SIX AGAIN 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.
Eligible Blackbook Runners – April 3
ROSEHILL SATURDAY: With Your Blessing (R1); Flying Witness (R1); Cherry Tortoni (R3); All Saints Eve (R4); Icebath (R4); Impecunious (R6); Chapada (R7); She's Ideel (R7); Rock (R8); Nudge (R9); Flat Heaven (R9)
CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Black Penn (R4)
EAGLE FARM SATURDAY: Montez (R6)
DOOMBEN MONDAY: Reloaded (R5):
Blackbookers – Selected March 27
(Follow for next 3 starts)
AIR TO AIR: Should find a suitable race over the autumn.
ANAMOE: You know the Slipper form will be good.
DIRTY WORK: Sad to watch his last 500m.
REALM OF FLOWERS: Strong staying mare reaching her peak.
RONDINELLA: Getting close to her best.
SKYLAB: Big show in the Derby.
RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Mo'Unga; Translator; Dom To Shoot; Masked Crusader; Mount Popa; Gem Song; Chaillot; Subedar; Scorched Earth; Nimalee; Emanate; Bonaparte; Marsannay; Poetic Charmer.
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