Egyp­tian jewel

Baker-trained Sym­bol stole the show at Rand­wick

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

BJORN Baker de­liv­ered one high­light af­ter another at last Mon­day morn­ing’s Rose­hill tri­als, none shone brighter though than the blue-blooded Cress­field mare EGYP­TIAN SYM­BOL who is set for a big spring cam­paign.

Al­ready stakes-placed in the Magic Mil­lions Guineas, Fire­ball, Darby Munro and P J Bell, Egyp­tian Sym­bol was awe­some in win­ning her 900m heat from off the pace and down the mid­dle.

When time comes for Egyp­tian Sym­bol to re­tire, she’ll take her place at Cress­field (Scone) among such brood­mare jew­els as Cham­pagne, Reg­i­men­tal Gal, Snow­drift, Star Satire, River Dove and her own Group 1 win­ner

10 times placed dam, Our Egyp­tian Raine.

Back to Baker now – he pro­vided the first five across the line in Heat 1 namely (in fin­ish­ing or­der); SELITA, HERNE’S OAK, IN­VIN­CI­BLE DAME, SIR PLUSH and MR GUS­TAVO.

Two spe­cial men­tions among that quin­tet are the im­pos­si­bly hand­some Herne’s Oak and the pro­gres­sive Sir Plush.

Whether Herne’s Oak can get to that next level or if he re­mains a good, solid Sat­ur­day class horse ‘ only’ re­mains to be seen, but the other one – Sir Plush – is horse to jump aboard and fol­low right the way through his grades.

Re­mem­ber this horse scored an Or­ange maiden win, Mudgee C1 win, Or­ange C3 win be­fore a rock solid 3.3lens in the Group 3 Hawkes­bury Guineas.

Now, as a four-year-old, he’s fully ma­ture and that sea­son­ing that Baker built into him is go­ing to pay div­i­dends; big time.

For­mer Peter Moody trained geld­ing ROCK FOR THELADIES has so far had the two runs for Baker and they were pear­lers – fourth to Am­mi­rata in a Bm83 at Rand­wick fol­lowed by a in a Bm85 at Hawkes­bury to sub­se­quent Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship win­ner Danish Twist. The son of Breed­ers Plate

Mur­ta­jill is 3s 1-1-1 fresh and was do­ing his best work late when fifth be­hind Chris Waller’s dom­i­nant heat win­ner SANAYA.

Let’s wrap up this Bak­era-thon short and sharp with three more to note – TOO FAST FOR LOVE won her heat by 4-lens, COOLRING was an easy fourth in a deep 900m and COS­GROVE who went a lot bet­ter than his sixth of seven would in­di­cate.

He is a beau­ti­ful look­ing ch­est­nut son of Se­bring from an Amer­i­can mare.

Heat 6 was set aside for the two-year-olds – of the eight run­ners David Payne trains three, Waller and Team Hawkes train two each.

The first four across the line were all wor­thy with­out look­ing like there is a Luskin Star among them but it’s early days yet.

Win­ner of the heat was EDEN ROC, a $750,000 Magic Mil­lions year­ling and three­quar­ter-brother to Star Turn hence the Allan Bell colours and Hawkes pol­ish on this young­ster.

A cou­ple of other lit­tle teasers for the breed­ing buffs – third-placed AU­GUS­TUS is a Snitzel half to AJC Derby win­ner Ro­man Em­peror while the next one home, RA­DI­ANT CHOICE is a half to Kaeper­nick.

The Hawkes crew would have been pleased with their lot, re­cent Wy­ong maiden win­ner BRING ME THE BLING re­mains in great shape, TIM’S PRIN­CI­PAL would just about win next start off his trial win, ditto Oc­tag­o­nal mare EIGHTH KEEPER.

There were also pos­i­tive per­for­mances from Men­tal­ity’s half-brother COL­LE­GIATE and Ne­chita’s sib­ling KANDINSKY who is one start, one win.

Chris Waller was a force, as al­ways, across these mere 11 heats; his best was most as­suredly COCOEXCEL who was un­ex­tended win­ning her 900m trial as you would hope and ex­pect from the $600,000 year­ling and War­wick Farm de­but win­ner.

Cocoexcel failed badly at her 1400m heavy 8 Rose­hill test – she’ll be saved for shorter races – in­deed as early as to­mor­row at War­wick Farm.

Note for fu­ture ref­er­ence that Waller’s exquisitely bred MISS BAL­LAN­TINE (Red­oute’s Choice – Glen­delvine, her­self a Sunday Si­lence half-sis­ter to Alverta) was an eye-catcher third be­hind Cocoexcel.

Four more from Camp Waller – RELIGIFY, GOOD PROJECT and TREMEZZINA, who were third fifth in the TAKE­DOWN (won the Group 2 Shorts on Sat­ur­day) heat, as well as COUNTY CORK, who ad­mit­tedly is a work in progress but surely too good to fail.

County Cork is a Fast­net Rock daugh­ter of NZ Oaks and Ansett Aus­tralia win­ner Sa­van­nah Suc­cess, the dam of Cox Plate hero and reign­ing NZ Cham­pion Sire, Sav­abeel.

Fi­nally to Arc de Tri­om­phe win­ning jockey, eight­time Lead­ing Ma­cau trainer, Group 2 Shorts win­ning trainer and all around cham­pion bloke Gary Moore who led in the tri­fecta in Heat 10 – MAN­HAT­TAN JUS­TICE, HOSTWIN VIN­TAGE and ROCHFORD – tick, tick tick.

Bjorn Baker’s Egyp­tian Sym­bol starred at the Rose­hill tri­als last Mon­day and looks set for a fruit­ful cam­paign

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