Trial Watch Review: 30th December 2021

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney barrier trials at Warwick Farm on December 30.

ELEVEN ELEVEN Picture: Steve Hart

WARWICK FARM December 30

Inside Grass/Polytrack; Soft 5; 26 Heats

Grass – 5 x 1207m (3 Open; 2 Maiden); 4 x 821m (4 Open); 5 x 818m (5 2YO); 3 x 815m (3 Maiden); 3 x 812m (3 Maiden)

Polytrack – 2 x 1175m (1 Open; 1 Maiden); 4 x 740m (1 2YO; 3 Maiden)

If variety is the spice of life we certainly got it at this session with 26 heats on the grass and polytrack tracks over seven different distances!

The 20 heats on the inside grass were run on a Soft 5 and were mostly standard fare with just a few exceptions. The polyrack heats were also average and provided little to enthuse about.

ELEVEN ELEVEN (Greg Hickman): Added a touch of class to proceedings with an excellent win in his open heat over 1207m, clocking the fastest time of the five trials over the distance (72.29; 34.88). He surged to the line under a soft ride, showing he is primed to return to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions where he has performed so well on previous visits.

EMPEROR (Matthew Dunn): His first trial since he was placed in the Breeders Plate on debut underlined that this I Am Invincible colt is well above average. He travelled sweetly outside the leader in his 818m heat and dropped his rivals with smooth acceleration over the last 200m, posting one of the quickest last 600m splits for the morning (48.19; 33.96) and best overall time for the five 2YO heats. Should be a player in the good juvenile races.

In the four open heats over 821m the wins by INVINCIANO (49.08; 34.01) and SKY COMMAND (49.77; 34.30) were commendable while soft trials by the Waller stablemates WAIRERE FALLS and YIYI took the eye.

In other 2YO heats over 818m youngsters to impress included the heat winners PLYMSTOCK (49.46; 34.85) and MUMBAI JEWEL (48.84; 34.40) while placegetters WYNGARDIUM and ZAMBEZI RIVER are a pair open to definite improvement. Godolphin filly PLYMSTOCK (Ribchester) is a half-sister to G1 winner Trekking while MUMBAI JEWEL, a $575,000 yearling, is another racy runner for champion sire I Am Invincible.

In the maiden heats the better winners included SHADES OF ROSE (815m - 46.71; 33.20), TICK TICK TICK (815m – 47.49; 33.47), REATEROS (812m – 47.28; 33.40), CHICKERARTIE (815m – 48.40; 34.58) and the polytrack pair LUCKY SUN (740m – 44.20; 34.08) and LAMPLADY (740m - 45.74; 34.95).

The Hellbent youngster FIRE AND ICE showed nice pace to win the polytrack heat for the juveniles (44.90; 34.60) 


XX Eleven Eleven; Emperor

X Belle Espoir; Chickerartie; Fire And Ice; Fragore; Invinciano; Lamplady; Lucky Sun; Mumbai Jewel; Plymstock; Reateros; Shades Of Rose; Sky Command; Tick Tick Tick; Wairere Falls; Wyngardium; Yiyi; Zambezi River    

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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.