Trial Watch Reviews : 27th and 28th September 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Hawkesbury (September 27) and Rosehill (September 28).

GLENEAGLES Picture: Steve Hart

ROSEHILL September 28

Inside Grass; Good 4

11 Heats – 2 x 1030m (2 Open); 9 x 900m (1 2YO; 2 Open; 6 Maiden)

Another set without the name jockeys, leaving the work to some former professionals and track riders.

While they are to be commended for their efforts under the difficult COVID restrictions, these trials are hard to assess fairly as they are riding under catch weights and the finesse and judgement we get from the full time pros is missing.

The class act of the morning was the quality 3YO GLENEAGLES. He showed the benefit of his recent racing with a sharp win in the fastest 1030m heat (62.58; 35.20), sprinting to the line for a soft win after being ridden with cover behind the leaders. Expect him to hold his own in any good 3YO race over the carnival. Dundeel mare IL AFFARE, fourth in the G1 NZ Derby last season, took the eye with a strong closing third in her first Sydney trial.

Chris Waller's good mare DANCING GIDGET ambled through her 900m heat in slow time (56.15; 34.70) but her winning effort backed up her earlier trial win on September 14 and underlines that she is in the right form for her first-up assignment.

Waller also won two 900m maiden heats with the impressive unraced filly ESPIONA and the promising GREATER HARLEM.

ESPIONA, by Extreme Choice, is a real talent who has shown plenty in her thee trials. This was her first hitout since she won a Rosehill trial in June and her turn of foot to easily pick up stablemate NARITO over the last 200m in fast time (55.07; 34.67) will ensure she is fancied to win on debut.

Other maidens to go into the blackbook include the heat winners ENDORSEMENT (55.32; 34.64), SAVOURER (55.02; 34.80) and PASCAL (55.19; 34.56) the placegetters ZARASTRO and PARLAYED.

The only 2YO heat created plenty of interest as the line-up featured the Hawkes-trained MAGIC, the $2.5 million Snitzel colt who topped this year's Easter yearling sale in Sydney. He performed with credit to finish an easy second in a slow 900m heat (56.20; 35.65) where the winner ATOINE showed speed and was under a ride from 300m. BROSNAN was a strong third and he appeals as a youngster with a future.


X Brosnan; Dancing Gidget; Endorsement; Espiona; Gleneagles; Greater Harlem; Il Affare; Le Vizir; Magic; Parlayed; Pascal; Savourer; Zarastro  


HAWKESBURY September 27

Inside Grass; Good 4

13 Heats – 1 x 1250m (Open); 3 x 1000m (1 Open; 2 Maiden); 9 x 800m (3 Open; 6 Maiden)

Another busy morning for Godolphin with 19 runners sporting the blue silks.

James Cummings sent out five heat winners but many of his better class runners were given quiet trials, among them the notable types ROHERYN, CRIADERAS, TAILLEUR, LACKEEN, VARDA, MUNITIONS, RANIER and TINY.

The lightly raced mare SIEGE was the only open class heat winner for Godolphin, doing it easily for a soft win in her 800m heat (47.36; 32.94) while stablemates BACKSTREETS, TRANSFORMATION, GYMANSTICS and THE GLOBE were strong maiden heat winners.

I particularly liked the efforts of THE GLOBE and GYMNASTICS in their 800m heats. Frosted filly THE GLOBE ran fast time beating stablemate ULTRA (46.85; 33.00) while GYMNASTICS surged late under a big hold to land his heat but in much slower time (48.62; 34.41.

The classy sprinter TRUMBULL put recent issues behind him with a an easy front running win in the fastest 1000m heat (59.23; 33.45) with the Kosciuszko contender ART CADEAU putting in a strong effort to finish second in his first trial since April.

The quickest 800m heat was won by the fast running mare EYEWITNESS (46.08; 32.61), having too much pace for her rivals to score by more than four lengths.

Strong placings by VARDA and TAILLEUR in their 800m heat were good pointers to their race prospects in the near future.


X Art Cadeau; Backstreets; Eyewitness; Fine Impact; Gymnastics; Tailleur; Trumbull; Money From The Sky; Siege; The Globe; Tiny; Ultra; Varda; Wheel. 

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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.