RANDWICK - August 24
RACE 1: 6-14-8-7
RACE 2: 5-7-2-8
RACE 3: 3-5-2-1
RACE 4: 5-10-7-2
RACE 5: 3-5-2-1
RACE 6: 7-12-4-3
RACE 7: 10-8-1-7
RACE 8: 8-4-3-13
RACE 9: 7-11-8-5
RACE 3 (3) True Detective: Happy to side with the old adage that a good colt will beat a good filly and that's the scenario we have here with this classy fellow taking on his stablemate Lucicello. She's good but this colt should have arguably won both his starts since resuming against quality opposition, going under by a nose to the exciting prospect Spend first-up and then luckless when second against older horses over 1200m at this course when he also had to contend with a wet track. Can make amneds on a good surface over a trip he should relish.
RACE 6 (7) Deprive Love a winner and that's what you get with this talented sprinter, who is six from nine career starts and unbeaten in four outings at Randwick. Stable took aim at bigger targets after his classy last start win in the June Stakes over 1100m at this course 77 days ago and has been primed for this with a soft Rosehill trial on August 6. He went to a new peak last time and doubt that is the end of his climb up the spiral.
RACE 9 (7) Prime Candidate: Meets a good one in Roheryn but the conditions look ideal for this big improver to take another step in grade after his strong last start win over 1200m at Rosehill when his closing sectionals were outstanding, carrying 58.5kg and putting much faster time on the clock than the G1 star Alizee in the Missile Stakes on the same day. Seems certain to get control of the speed over this extra trip and that will make it hard for a chaser to run him down if he repeats his latest effort. He's won five from seven and on that score looks the better value at the current odds.
TRIAL WATCH REPORT – AUGUST 24
RANDWICK SATURDAY: Pandano (R3); Flit (R5); Libertini (R5); Villami (R5); Pretty Brazen (R5); Cascadian (R6); Mandylion (R6); Trope (R6); Baller (R6); Avilius (R7); Samadoubt (R7); Unforgotten (R7); Verry Elleegant (R7); Alassio (R8); Kiamichi (R8); Dyslexic (R8); Mizzy (R8); Brook Magic (R8); Meryl (R8).
Libertini (Randwick August 12): After her classy trial second at Randwick on July 30 this imposing filly went on with it to record an impressive 1000m heat win on the course proper, surging past the leaders in the last 100m in great style. She's going to be a big player in the Princess Series for fillies.
Trope (Hawkesbury August 12): He was having his second trial in a week after a super effort that got our attention at Rosehill on August 6. He backed up with in great style to settle out the back in his 1000m heat before starting a wide run around the pack at the 400m that carried him to a soft win. I'll be amazed if he doesn't win a good race during the spring.
Dyslexic (Rosehill August 6): Talented mare on her day showed she is set for another good prep with her strong second under a very quiet ride from Tommy Berry in her 900m heat. Her last 200m was excellent and points to her being ready to produce first-up, being at her best when fresh.
ROSEHILL AUGUST 6: Some big names appeared in the two 1000m heats for the Group horses with some nice efforts from AVILIUS and UNFORGOTTEN in the slow heat (62.40; 36.20) while SAMADOUBT took control in the second heat and ran along to win by a big margin in much quicker time (60.10; 34.80). Liked the way Oaks winner VERRY ELLEEGANT got into her work late to run strongly through the line. Golden Slipper winner KIAMICHI did her thing to lead all the way for an easy win in her 1030m heat on the inside grass in 63.17 (35.30)
Flit (Rosehill July 19): Classy filly was having her first trial since her excellent autumn efforts and was given a very easy time in her 900m heat. Settled out the back but got into her work in the last 200m and looked very strong working to the line under a big hold. Appeals as a real Flight Stakes/Thousand Guineas type.
MOONEE VALLEY SATURDAY: Hightail (R7)
Hightail (Randwick August 12): I had good reason to include this classy colt in my "Six for The Spring" feature and this big trial win confirmed that he is going to be a serious player. Led easily and Kerrin McEvoy never moved as he opened up a big lead over the last 300m, cruising home in his 1035m heat on the inside grass in 63.35 (34.42) with plenty in hand.
NEWCASTLE SATURDAY: Stellar Impact (R2); Katona (R8); Muiron (R8)
NOWRA SUNDAY; Cherry Pie (R3); Down The River (R3)
MUSWELLBROOK SUNDAY: Hooray Henry (R1); Bandahara (R3)
RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Maggie Miss; Lakia; Yao Dash; Girl Tuesday; Californiadeepshot; Landstrasse; Wolfe; Hit The Rim; Ballistica; Maroch; Appian Way; Standout; Dawn Passage; Alizee; Super Oasis; Camp Rifle; Steel Diamond; Sangita; Unimpeded.
ELIGIBLE BLACKBOOK RUNNERS – August 24
RANDWICK: Cyber Intervention (R2); Adana (R2); True Detective (R3); Flit (R5); Let It Pour (R5); Trope (R6); Notation (R8)
MOONEE VALLEY: Spirit Of Valor (R5); Hightail (R7); Man From Uncle (R8)
GOLD COAST: Veranes (R6)
RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Dalasan; Endless Drama; Tokoriki Lad; Sweet Deal; Polyxena; Matowi; Usain Bowler; Sangita; Travancore; Ballet Master; Pat's Nipper; Bon Amis; Carzoff; Another Dollar; Karaja; Phaistos; Wu Gok.