Trial Watch Reviews : 7th September - 10th September 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Warwick Farm (September 7), Wyong (September 7) and Randwick (September 10).

CLASSIQUE LEGEND Picture: Racing and Sports

RANDWICK September 10

10 Heats - Course Proper – Soft 5 - 1 x 1000m (Group/Listed)

A Grass – Good 4 - 4 x 1050m (2 Open; 2 Maiden)

I'm not sure if it was Les Bridge or John O'Shea who came away from the Randwick trials on Friday sporting the bigger grin.

Both trainers had plenty to smile about after watching a bevy of their spring prospects perform in fine form in heats on the course proper (Soft 5) and Randwick A Grass (Good 4).

Their Everest contenders CLASSIQUE LEGEND and LOST AND RUNNING hooked up in the only black type trial over 1000m on the course proper while they had to be delighted with the way a number of their other runners performed in the A Grass heats.

CLASSIQUE LEGEND – back where he belongs with Les Bridge after his wasted Hong Kong excursion – showed how much he is enjoying being back in familiar surrounds with a robust win in his first trial appearance since his return to Randwick.

LOST AND RUNNING, having his second trial, showed early pace wide on the track to share the lead with I AM SUPERMAN with Kerrin McEvoy tucking CLASSIQUE LEGEND in behind.

McEvoy eased the big grey off the heels of I AM SUPERMAN on the turn and briefly pushed him along to gain the upperhand at the 200m while LOST AND RUNNING was well held under Hugh Bowman, sitting a half length back on their outside.

The trio worked to the line strongly with CLASSIQUE LEGEND doing all that was required to win by a short head from a closing LOST AND RUNNING in good time (58.52; 34.39). Both horses are set to resume in The Shorts at Randwick next week.

The Snowden-trained I AM SUPERMAN, having been gelded, looked in top order working well within himself and many would rate his effort to finish a half length back in third and visually under less pressure as a superior trial to the first pair. The closing effort of MINHAAJ, a new stablemate of LOST AND RUNNING, would also have pleased O'Shea.

Les Bridge had more reasons to crack it for a rare smile after winning two other heats with MADAM LEGEND and LEGEND I AM, a pair owned in the same interests as Classique Legend.

His good mare MADAM LEGEND trucked through her 1050m trial (62.88; 34.30) on the A Grass for a dominant win that points to her being in the right form to add another good class race to her record. She was under a throttle hold to win by half length from the fast closing BLESK, a member of the O'Shea team who has now put in two excellent trials that suggest he is heading into a profitable campaign.

Bridge won another 1050m heat with the promising maiden LEGEND I AM (62.71; 34.64) while other members of the O'Shea team taking the eye with their efforts in the 1050m heats included COTEHELE, QUANTICO, NEWSREADER, STROMBUS, KOKORO and I AM NEFERTITI.

The stars of the shorter 740m trials were the classy sprinters EDUARDO and SIGNORE FOX.

They contested separate trials with SIGNORE FOX surging home under a tight grip to beat SWEET DEAL and AIM in his heat (44.14; 33.28) while EDUARDO used his natural speed to lead MAMARAGAN from start to finish in their heat (43.82; 33.86) with both sprinters going to the line with plenty in hand.

The fastest 740m heat win was recorded by John Thompson's unraced maiden TILLOTSON, who sprinted clear for a sharp 1.75 lengths win in his heat (43.71; 33.60).


XX Madam Legend; Signore Fox

X Aim; Blesk; Classique Legend; Cotehele; Eduardo; Field Wiri; I Am Nefertiti; I Am Superman; Kokoro; Legend I Am; Lost And Running; Mamaragan; Minhaaj; Newsreader; Penciled; Quantico; Strombus; Tillotson; Uncaged     

WARWICK FARM September 7

Course Proper (Soft 6); Polytrack

14 Heats – 3 x 1200m; 3 x 805m; 3 x 800m; Polytrack 1 x 1175m; 4 x 740m


X Arranmore; Astern's Girl; Belluci Babe; Dehorned Unicorn; Djawadi; Fourhometwo; Mightybeel; Russbuss  

 WYONG September 7

Course Proper – Good 4

13 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 4 x 1000m (2 Open; 2 Maiden); 8 x 845m (3 Open; 5 Maiden)


X Barossa Rosa; Galbalan; Gravina; Kementari; Lashes; Oakfield Blossom; Riviera Blue; Trumbull 

Racing and Sports

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.