Trial Watch Review : 31st May 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Gosford barrier trials on May 31.

Picture: Steve Hart


Course Proper; Soft 5

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

Not a lot of depth in the open heats but the 2YO trials should throw up some nice youngsters as they featured some good types from top stables.

The six 2YO heats over 800m contained runners from the Godolphin, John O'Shea, Bjorn Baker Joe Pride; Kris Lees, Maher and Eustace, Gary Moore and Brad Widdup stables, an indication of how many unexposed youngsters the big stables still have on their books at this late stage of the season.

ASHERLA, an Astern filly from the Lees stable who was placed in her first two starts in January, worked well within herself to win the fastest 2YO heat (48.53; 35.83) and should soon be placed to advantage. The John O'Shea-trained I AM LETHAL was another good heat winner (48.87; 35.99) while his stablemates SENZA DUBBIO and STROMBUS took the eye with their strong efforts under quiet rides and Godolphin's RETRIEVAL also impressed with his placing.

Bjorn Baker won two juvenile heats with the speedy pair JOYZEL (49.68; 36.33) and SABIETTE (49.28; 36.15) in slower times.

The fastest open heat over 800m was won by Matt Smith's fast mare KOONUNGA (48.14; 35.42) but I quite liked the strong second in her heat by the lesser performed 4YO gelding OUR FOX, the winner of just one race from only nine starts. Appeals as one for the provincials.

Smart provincial mare TAWFIQ LASS did all that was required to win her 800m heat in slow time (49.19; 35.92) where the efforts of the placegetters ATTRIBUTION and NIGHT OF POWER were equally good.

In the 1000m trials the maiden winners upstaged the open class heats by running faster times. LOCH EAGLE went quickest to win his heat in the fast time (60.76; 36.61) but the heat win by SYZYGY STARS (61.83; 37.42) had merit and he appeals as one to watch for in a suitable maiden.    

In the open heats over 1000m quiet trials by TRAJECTION, LINGUEE and BLACK BOLT caught the eye.


X Asherla; Attribution; Black Bolt; I Am Lethal; Joyzel; Linguee; Loch Eagle; Night Of Power; Our Fox; Retrieval; Rubinocchi; Rusconi; Senza Dubbio; Strombus; Syzygy Stars; Tawfiq Lass; Trajection; Wicked Wench.

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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.