Huck­le­buck looks to have the Spring back in his step

The Sportsman Midweek - - The Trackwork Winners - By RAY HICK­SON

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.


Huck­le­buck tri­alled well at Mor­phettville as he pre­pares for an­other spring cam­paign

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