Trial Watch Reviews : 23rd Jan - 28th Jan 2020

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney barrier trials at Randwick on January 23 and Rosehill on January 28.

Kolding. Picture: Steve Hart

RANDWICK January 23

Soft 5; Course Proper/Randwick A Grass

17 Heats: Course Proper – 2 x 900m (Group/Listed); A Grass - 1 x 1200m (Open); 7 x 1045m (3 Open; 1 2YO; 3 Maiden); 7 x 735m (1 Open; 4 2YO; 2 Maiden)

A reminder that autumn is coming quickly with a number of Group stars out for preparatory trials ahead of their new campaigns. It was knowing where to look in the two course proper heats for the black type horses, suffice to say all the big names did as much as their riders wanted under obvious strict instructions from their trainers.

In no particular order note that Dreamforce, Standout, Greysful Glamour, Libertini and Kolding (Heat 1) and Sweet Deal, Lanciato, Kings Will Dream and Fiesta (Heat 2) are all working strongly towards their autumn goals. We can get more specific when most have their expected second trials before resuming.

An exception is the outstanding miler KOLDING who has now had two trials and was trucking behind the pack at the finish in the first of the fastest 900m heats (54.29; 35.50) won by Dreamforce. Expect him to sprint strongly first-up off this work.

Dual Everest winner Redzel is back and hacked through his 735m heat in pedestrian time (44.45; 34.40), leading under no pressure and not asked to respond when challenged late by the winner Power Of Attorney. The eye catcher behind them was the good sprinting mare I Am Excited.

In other quality heats there was plenty to like about the work of dual G1 winner Fîerce Impact in his 1200m heat won by the talented Ulusaba while Coruscatewas a classy winner of the fastest 1045m heat (1.02.55; 35.66) where the late finish of Subpoenaed also took the eye.

Black Magnum, You Rang and Intrepidacious looked in good form recording strong wins in their 1045m heats.

Artie Schiller filly Kaakit Akit showed promise with the fastest of the 2YO heat wins over 735m (43.56; 33.60) and the Godolphin youngster Gravina was an eye catcher motoring home late in her heat won by On The Lead.

Among the maidens, there looks certain wins in store for promising fillies Enamour and Heart Breaker after their wins in the joint fastest times for the 735m heats (43.26). The latter was super impressive running the fastest last 600m of the morning (33.40).


XX Kolding; Coruscate; Heart Breaker

X Dreamforce; Standout; Greysful Glamour; Libertini; Sweet Deal; Lanciato; Kings Will Dream; Fiesta; Ulusaba; Fierce Impact; Black Magnum; Subpoenaed; Intrepidacious; Strasbourg; You Rang; Power Of Attorney; Redzel; I Am Excited; Kaakit Akit; Orpheum; Sahra; Shimbashi; On The Lead; Gravina; Enamour.

ROSEHILL January 28

Soft 6; Course Proper/Inside Grass

19 Heats: Course Proper – 2 x 900m (Group/Listed); Inside Grass – 5 x 1030m (2 Open; 1 2YO; 2 Maiden); 12 x 900m (2 Open; 5 2YO; 2 Open 3YO; 3 Maiden)

More big names were on display with Godolphin trainer James Cummings having to come away delighted with the way some of his key autumn players performed in the opening trials of their autumn preps.

Not the least was the gun 3YO colt Bivouac, who looked bigger and stronger as he cruised to a soft win in the first of the 900m heats on the course proper (55.97; 35.50). Behind him Cummings would been grinning over the way the way Avilius hit the line.

In the second black type heat Godolphin's Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi was a different filly – no doubt appreciating the soft track conditions - to the one that trialled at Rosehill two weeks ago when she showed her customary speed to run out a clear winner in slightly quicker time (55.58; 35.60). Again Cummings had plenty to smile about after soft trials in the same heat from Deprive, Flit and Soothing while the Waterhouse/Bott camp would have been more than satisfied by the effort Dawn Passage put in for a strong third.

In other heats the enigmatic God Of Thunderwas a standout, carving out the fastest 900m heat win (52.90; 33.40) on the inside grass with an explosive turn of foot over the last 400m to score by more than five lengths. Nothing came close to his time - now we only have to rely him on him to produce this form on race day!

The best 2YO trial came from the classy Dame Giselle, doing all she had to for a soft win with plenty in hand in the quickest of the 2YO heats (54.18; 34.10).

Among the maidens the Rubick filly Questing may be small but she has the speed required to pick up a provincial event at least. She flew over 900m in 54.19 (34.50) in her first outing since her only race start last March. No Doubt A Star is another maiden who looks close to a win after an eye catching second in his 900m heat in good time (54.86; 35.30).


XX Bivouac; God Of Thunder; Questing

X Avilius; Kiamichi; Dawn Passage; Missile Mantra; Pinvincible; Super Cyclone; Can Do It; Mensa Missile; Glenall; Resin; Brazilica; Sylvia's Mother; Galantheum; Dame Giselle; Osamu; Jor El; Barbaric; Anaheed; Capri Lane; Mirra Vision; Astralis; No Doubt A Star. 

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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.