Trial Watch Review : 30th August 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trial at Warwick Farm and Gosford on August 30.

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GOSFORD August 30

Course Proper; Soft 5

11 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 6 x 1000m (2 Open; 1 3YO; 3 Maiden); 4 x 800m (2 Open; 2 Maiden)

A strong set of trials featuring Sydney's leading jockeys and quality runners from top metropolitan stables.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott sent a big team of 11 horses from Randwick and won three trials with the stayer HUSH WRITER beating three stablemates in the 1200m heat (73.70; 36.48), unbeaten 3YO SILENT IMPACT dominating his 1000m heat (60.18; 35.27) and the stakes placed maiden filly SHIHONKA careering to a six lengths win in the fastest 800m heat (48.76; 34.42).

John Thompson's problem child MAMARAGAN bounced back from his Kembla Grange failure with a classy win in a strong 800m heat (49.08; 34.68) and the Port Macquarie-trained VICTOREM did it easily to win the fastest 1000m trial (60.11; 35.;01). He's also had his issues and is now a 7YO but he is an obvious talent when right.

The good mares NIMALEE and ATHIRI were in strong form winning their open trials while NORWEGIAN BLISS and THUNDER ROSE were other maiden heat winners to make a good impression.


X Athiri; Barossa Rosa; Cinquedea; Dalgarno; Enfleurage; French Bonnet; Hush Writer; Mamaragan; Larkspur Run; Nimalee; Norwegian Bliss; Quantico; Shihonka; Silent Impact; Thunder Rose; Victorem; Vittoriosa;


Course Proper; Soft 7


18 Heats – Course Proper 3 x 1200m (1 Open; 2 Maiden); 4 x 810m (4 Open) 4 x 805m (4 Maiden); 4 x 800m (4 Maiden); Polytrack 1 x 1175m (Open); 2 x 740m (1 Maiden; 1 3YO)

A big session that featured crack sprinter EDUARDO having his second trial as he gears up for his Everest bid.

With no jockeys available due to COVID restrictions he was ridden in his 810m heat by track rider Michelle Read, who gave him plenty of galloping room sitting wide and make the home turn four deep under a hold.

The Bjorn Baker-trained OCEAN EMPEROR, having his first trial since May, railed up and was unextended to win the heat (47.82; 33.01) with EDUARDO closing off to be beaten less a length. The winner is eligible for lower class Benchmark events and can be well placed in a suitable sprint.

Bjorn Baker won seven heats and would have been equally pleased with the winning performances of STARSPANGLED RODEO in a slow 810m open heat (48.85; 33.31) and his trio of 800m maiden heat winners DIVINE OKAY (47.66; 33.40); MIDORI BEAUTY (47.44; 33.14) and BATTLETON (48.53; 33.90).

The Clarry Conner-trained PICK THE SCORE is a sharp short course mare and her speed should see her hard to run down when produced fresh after her fast 810m heat win (47.71; 33.20). Other maiden heat winners to blackbook include SIX AGAIN, JESSE JAMES and the wayward PRINCESS GLAMOUR, who won her heat by 2.9 lengths after she shied and ran out in the last 50m when leading by six lengths.

It was standard fare in the three polytrack heats but ZAIN'S GIRL won the 1175m heat with authority by almost seven lengths and SPELLZ had her opposition well covered in her 740m heat.


X Battleton; Divine Okay; Eduardo; Fifteen Aria; Jesse James; Midori Beauty; Ocean Emperor; Pick The Score; Princess Glamour; Six Again; Spellz; Starspangled Rodeo; Zain's Girl

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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.