Trial Watch Reviews : 21st September and 24th September 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney barrier trials at Warwick Farm on September 21 and Randwick on September 24.


RANDWICK September 24

A Grass; Good 4

14 Heats – 2 x 1200m ( 2 Open); 7 x 1050m (1 Group/Listed; 1 Open; 5 Maiden); 5 x 740m (1 2YO; 2 Open; 2 Maiden)

Last year's winner CLASSIQUE LEGEND reaffirmed that he is ready to defend his crown in The Everest with another classy trial performance.

A big field contested the Group trial over 1050m but he was a class above them surging to a dominant 2.6 lengths win in fast time (62.21; 33.42) to back up his earlier trial win at Randwick on September 10.

Les Bridge may be gambling on a first-up win The Everest on October 16 but he couldn't have asked for more from the big grey in this trial. CLASSIQUE LEGEND won the start from the inside gate but Kerrin McEvoy let a couple of rivals take up the running, content to sit behind the lead on the rail.

When the leader VANNA GIRL gave him a clear run turning for home CLASSIQUE LEGEND railed through quickly and easily put three lengths on the pack between the 200m and 100m before coasting to the line.

There were some excellent trials behind him with SIGNORE FOX steaming home from last to fill second and MINHAAJ again showing she is in good form for her new trainer John O'Shea with a solid third. Her stablemate ROCHA CLOCK also trialled well doing her best work late under a quiet ride.

The quality sprinter SPLINTEX was the other star of the morning, showing he has trained on strongly from his G2 win at Flemington by dominating his fast 740m heat win (43.23; 32.68) under no pressure from Josh Parr. Could he get a late call up for The Everest as he is certainly in the right form?

The results were dominated by the Waterhouse/Bott and Snowden stables. Gai and Adrian won five heats with EMBRACER doing enough to win a slow 1200m heat (74.75; 34.63) and BOJACK running strongly for a sharp win in his 1050m heat (63.07; 34.19).

Snowden's trio of wins featured another impressive performance by the maiden mare POIGNANT, posting the second best time of the 1050m heats (62.87; 34.19) in her easy 2.6 lengths win. She was placed in her only two starts last season and is a special to progress further than maiden class.

Snowden's fast filly SATIN RIBBONS set the standard in the 740m heats (43.06; 32.51) to add her big record in short course trials. She won her second start over 900m at Newcastle last season and appears to have come back stronger.

SAHRA gave the Snowdens their other heat win in her 740m trial (44.62; 33.31) and while she worked nicely there was plenty of merit in the closing efforts of CAESAR'S PALACE, SWEET DEAL and SOUTHERN LAD in what should be a good form reference.

The only 2YO trial over 740m saw the racy Snitzel colt NIPOTINO show good speed and fight on gamely for a narrow win in slow time (45.60; (34.48) over KOBENHAVN, a nice I Am Invincible filly from the Snowden team.


XXX Classique Legend

XX Poignant; Splintex

X Armour Force; Bojack; Born A Warrior; Caesar's Palace; Diamond Blush; Embracer; Excelladus; Field Wiri; Gormley; Harlem Luya; Kobenhavn; Kokoro; Minhaaj; Rocha Clock; Sahra; Satin Ribbons; Southern Lad; Sweet Deal; Signore Fox; Wenet.


WARWICK FARM September 21

Course Proper (Good 4)/A Grass (Good 4)/Polytrack (Synthetic)

20 Heats – Course Proper 1 x 1200m (Open); 4 x 800m (4 Open)

A Grass – 1 x 1200m (Open); 3 x 805m (2 2YO; 1 Maiden); 3 x 802m (1 3YO; 2 Maiden)

Polytrack – 2 x 1175m (2 Maiden); 6 x 740m (6 Maiden)

Another big set of trials restricted to licensed track riders. Without name jockeys and their known riding weights there is an obvious disparity in the catch weights many horses are carrying in these trials.

There was a pair of 2YO trials following on from the nine heats held at Randwick the previous day. Godolphin's Exosphere colt SPACEWALK worked well within himself to beat two rivals in his 805m heat (47.76; 33.95) while Pride of Dubai filly PROUD IMAGE sat outside the lead and did enough to dispose of her opposition under a soft ride (47.59; 34.00).

The heats on the course proper featured a brilliant display by noted speedster MALKOVICH. He cleared out to win his 800m heat by more than eight lengths, breaking 46 seconds in the process (45.73; 32.70). Obviously he will be hard to beat to anything up to 1100m.

The good mare LASHES won another 800m heat in good style (47.01; 33.50) to back up a similar result in a Wyong trial earlier in the month. The form in her heat should stand up as ATTRIBUTION, BLAZING MISS and HARLEQUIN FIELD all worked strongly to the line with plenty to offer.

The other 800m heats on the course proper saw known big finisher YAMAZAKI work to the line from last for a soft win in her heat (47.35; 34.10) and SHADOW BRIDGE dominate his heat with an easy six lengths win (47.36; 33.91).

There were 11 maiden heats on the A grass and Polytrack. I prefer the form in the turf heats although there were some big margin wins in the Polytrack trials where six of the eight heats were won by the leaders.

There was also one 3YO heat on the A Grass where COLOUR DE ROY recorded a sharp win (47.34; 33.60) over 802m, a good guide to the prospects of the fastest maiden heat winner SACHELLO who went quicker (46.98; 33.60). This Headwater filly shared the lead on the outside and looks to have come on well from her only start last season as she was never under full pressure to get the upper hand.

TEMPESTAS, a racy Choisir filly having her first trial, showed good speed to win her maiden heat (47.11; 33.90) with runner up PRIVATISATION taking the eye with her strong close over the last 200m. Previously noted DEHORNED UNICORN put in another solid trial to win his 805m heat but running much slower time (48.53; 34.40) than the 2YO winners over the distance

RICK'S MANIA (6 lengths; 44.59/34.15) and CUSHY (12 lengths; 44.45/33.80) turned their Polytrack heats over 740m into processions but their heat times and sectionals were average. There was just as much merit in the winning efforts of the come from behind winner SHAZA (44.17; 34.20) and LILY ELSIE (44.27; 33.89).


XX Malkovich

X Attribution; Blazing Miss; Colour De Roy; Cushy; Deep Romance; Lashes; Lily Elsie; Privatisation; Proud Image; Rick's Mania; Sachello; Shadow Bridge; Shaza; Smirk; Spacewalk; Tempestas; Vanburg; Yamazaki

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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.