Trial Watch Review : 19th July 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews provincial barrier trials at Hawkesbury on July 19.

PAULELE Picture: Steve Hart


Inside Grass; Soft 5

18 Heats – 5 x 1000m (2 Open; 3 2YO); 13 x 800m (2 Open; 9 2YO; 1 Maiden)

It was all about the boys in blue with James Cummings using these trials as the first step towards the spring for many of Godolphin's notable Group performers and young talents.

His cast of 19 runners included the older stars CASCADIAN, COLETTE, CRIADERAS, BEST OF DAYS, PAULELE, EMANATE and GEIST plus a strong list of the stable's talented rising three-year-olds.

The standouts among Godolphin's older horses were PAULELE, EMANATE, CRIADERAS and REGULATION while the others all looked strong as they trialled well within themselves.

Cummings is in a good place with his younger brigade. He won three of the 800m heats for 2YOs with NAPLES (47.45; 33.41), PICARONES (47.71; 33.62) and ATHELRIC (47.55; 33.24) while the classy pair INGRATIATING and TRIFACCIA were responsible for impressive placings.

PICARONES Picture: Racing Photos

Away from the Godolphin standouts the unraced American Pharaoh filly HAVE MERCY showed she had trained on well from her debut trial at Gosford with a sharp win over INGRATIATING in the fastest 800m heat for the 2YOS (46.81; 33.09).

In the open trials the last start winner BALLISTIC MOON showed she was holding her form well with an impressive win over several of the Godolphin big guns in her strong open 800m heat (47.33; 33.24) and the maiden TOCOMAH underlined that she has the speed to win races with her easy victory in the fastest 800m heat (46.35; 32.62).

In the 1000m trials SUNBORN improved sharply on her first-up failure to lead throughout in the fastest heat (59.16; 33.41) with the promising ARMATREE closing off under a kind ride for an impressive second. Other to impress with strong 1000m trials included HAMAKI, LATINO BLEND, SAVVY SMART, AUSBRED FLIRT and MONEY FROM THE SKY.


XX Ballistic Moon; Paulele; Picarones

X Armatree; Athelric; Ausbred Flirt; Emanate; Green Legend; Hamaki; Have Mercy; Ingratiating; Latino Blend; Money From The Sky; Nags To Riches; Naples; Regulation; Savvy Smart; Sunborn; Tocomah; Trifaccia.  

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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.