Trial Watch Reviews : 7th - 8th April 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Gosford (April 7), Kembla Grange (April 7) and Randwick (April 8).


Randwick A Grass; Heavy 8

17 Heats - 2 x 1200m (2 Open); 10 x 1040m (4 Open; 3 2YO; 3 Maiden); 5 x 740m (1 Open; 3 2YO; 1 Maiden)

Polytrack – 1 x 1080m (Open); 1 x 780m (Open)

Heavy conditions had an impact on the grass trials and the pattern favoured runners getting to the outside section.

Several notable carnival contenders had required trials with good wins recorded by PROBABEEL, INTREPIDACIOUS, MISS SPITEFUL and BLAZING MISS in the 1040m heats. It was hard to miss the soft hitouts from the likes of SAVATIANO, VICTOREM; MIZZY, PRAGUE, KEMENTARI and TRIFACCIA.

The 2YO heats featured an impressive effort by the classy prospect TRIFACCIA. Her strong second under no pressure in her 1040m heat won by SAIKO (64.84; 36.11) was a perfect build up to her next race start. GIANNIS (64.90; 36.37) and CENTRO STORICO (64.79; 36.48) were good winners in the other 2YO heats over 1040m.

John O'Shea enjoyed a good morning with a number of nice trials from his big team led by INTREPIDICIOUS. He also would have been happy with good trials from his lesser lights including KIRWAN'S LANE; BRAVADO; ALURA, COTEHELE, HAPPY SONG; INDIGENOUS and SUPERDEEL.

SIXGUN and DUCHESS turned on the speed in the fastest 740m heat (43.67; 34.09) with LA FORET and BRAVADO taking the eye behind them in a strong heat. Joe Pride won both polytrack trials with strong performances from his talented pair PRIVATE EYE and DE GRAWIN.

PROBABEEL (Jamie Richard): Bounced back from her All Star Mile failure with a strong win in the fastest of the two 1200m heats (75.01; 36.48). She was ridden out the back early before surging home for a stylish win in the better ground closer the outside fence.

INTREPIDACIOUS (John O'Shea): She's an excellent trial performer, posting her second win in preparation for her return to racing. Looks ready to go as she was always in control of the fastest 1040m heat (63.20; 34.79), leading under restraint and having plenty in hand as she coasted to a soft 2.3 lengths win.

TRIFACCIA (James Cummings): She looks a huge talent in the making after impressive placings in her first two starts.  Her trial was a standout as she was ridden back under restraint before working well within herself to make up ground easily in the run home and doing her best work through the line.


XX Intrepidacious; Probabeel; Trifaccia

X Alura; Andermatt; Arcaded; Aslav; Blazing Miss; Bravado; California Sky; Centro Storico; Cotehele; De Grawin; Duchess; Giannis; Happy Song; Indigenous; Kementari; Kirwan's Lane; La Foret; Miss Spiteful; Mizzy; More Prophets; My Snow Queen; Prague; Private Eye; Queen Bellissimo; Rocstar Boy; Saiko; Savatiano; Stormy Legend; Victorem


The big sets of provincial trials at GOSFORD and KEMBLA GRANGE attracted strong support from metro stables including Godolphin, the Snowdens, John Thompson and Bjorn Baker.

The Kembla trials had more depth from a metropolitan perspective with a number of good trials from the Godolphin runners and some sharp heat wins by the locally-trained trio JAMAEA, MISS SCORCHER, GEMMAHRA and COUNT DE RUPEE.

There were some promising maiden and 2YO heat winners at Gosford including MISS TWENTY TWENTY, SHIHONKA, BRIGGS and ASTROLOGER. AIM, STRAWB and SPECIAL REWARD performed well in the open heats.


Inside Grass; Soft 5

15 Heats – 15 x 800m (5 2YO; 5 Open; 5 Maiden)


X Bartoselli; Brillar; Count De Rupee; Either Oar; Flower Press; Gemmahra; Jamaea; Kobe Rocks; Linden; Loretta; Miss Scorcher; Monte Di Fiore; Sakura; Steelsheen; Thieving; Wheel


Course Proper; Soft 6

19 Heats – 6 x 1000m (4 Open; 2 Maiden); 13 x 800m (8 2YO; 2 Open; 3 Maiden)


X Aim; Astrologer; Atherton; Boketto; Briggs; California Surreal; California Vanes; Electric Girl; Highly Desired; Lily's Lolly; Miss Twenty Twenty; Rahni Factor; Shihonka; Special Reward; Strawb

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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.