Hucklebuck looks to have the Spring back in his step
THE jury’s out on two of South Australia’s leading spring carnival hopefuls but as far as Group 1 winner HUCKLEBUCK is concerned it’s full steam ahead.
While the old warrior HAPPY TRAILS and smart filly SAMARA DANCER could receive pass marks at best, ‘ Huck’ was the star of the show at Friday’s Morphettville trials.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been two springs since the now six-year-old’s Group 1 win on last day of the Flemington carnival but for one reason or another he’s only had five starts since.
He contested a 1000m trial where he sat outside the lead, took over in the straight and Dominic Tourneur was unmoved as he cantered in.
The runner-up MAGIC BOY is no slouch and his performance was solid from the perspective that he’s still eligible for restricted races.
To the nine-year-old Happy Trails, and his last win was also at Flemington in the spring of 2014, he made a long run from the back in a 1200m trial and given he’s one from 11 first-up you couldn’t expect much when he resumes.
His future will be clearer after a run or two.
Blue Diamond Prelude winner Samara Dancer had her second trial this preparation and she was reeled in effortlessly by stablemate CAPTAIN DUFFY in their 1000m gallop.
Captain Duffy, a Morphettville winner in June, always travelled well and rushed down the outside to pick the filly up easily
win pulling away. Either she was a shade disappointing or he’s flying.
Phillip Stokes is now the trainer of COLONEL KLINK, a three-year-old who showed some promise in his three starts for Robert Smerdon.
He caught the eye storming home into third in his 1000m trial, making up a stack of ground under his own steam. He might find his niche in Adelaide.
CAPPADOCIA is an unraced filly who was highlighted in the Gawler session a couple of weeks ago and she again performed well in behind the placings.
FOX HALL showed plenty of improvement from his appearance at Gawler to romp home by four lengths in grand style.
The unraced gelding led and had company midrace before kicking away and when asked to go he stretched right out.
There was one two-year-old trial on the card, dubbed ‘the McEvoy’ as all runners were from that stable.
The first two home ALL EEZ and BOX ON COLLINS appeared to do everything right but there’s obviously a way to go before we see the juvenile races.
A few others of note are TIME WALKER, FULLY STOKED, GOLD DENARI and HE IS GOLDEN.
Hucklebuck trialled well at Morphettville as he prepares for another spring campaign