Conchita set to head south after impressive trial win
LAST Tuesday’s Cessnock barrier trials (all 800m) were conducted on a very heavy track and a few of the runners produced worthy performances which should earn them a return ticket to Melbourne next month.
First to the crease in the Open trials was lightly raced CONCHITA and didn’t she give her rivals a spanking crossing the line 10-lengths clear in 46.97/33.50.
The three-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo won twice over the 1000m at Randwick last season and I am certain that her trainer Paul Perry will have a southern sprint circled on his Victorian racing calendar.
The second and third horses in the trial are no slow coaches either and both may head south November.
BLAZING STEEL created an impression when winning on debut at the Scone Cup carnival while DANISH TWIST was successful in Provincial Championship. By the way both were just out for light exercise.
A surprise winner of the following heat was ZROYA who is a Benchmark 55 mare but certainly must be tagged as a future country winner.
Trailing three lengths behind was little TWIST TOPS who has returned in superb order in readiness for a 1100m-1200m dash down the Flemington straight.
Earlier this year Twist Tops won Inglis Classic at Randwick before running a gallant third in the Group 2 Magic Night ... second was Omei Sword!
Robert Thompson could ride the Cessnock track blindfolded but his eyes were wide open as he had an armchair winning ride aboard LADY JIVAGO.
The mare didn’t measure up to expectations during the Autumn but her previous form included four wins for earnings of $259,000.
BROOK ROAD (third) and ONEMOREZETA (fifth) are again likely to cross the border with the TRUCK FULL sign likely to be on the back of Lees Racing Transport.
The first two-year-old trial in the Hunter Valley was a victory for I Am Invincible colt
MR. GRUMPY and I don’t think trainer Paul Perry will ever be grumpy during this youngster’s initial campaign.
The good looker jumped fast and kept running scoring by a tad under four lengths. Yes I do think a city win awaits. Six Maiden trials followed and there were some very encouraging efforts.
ISTHMIAN, THE WASP, CHARLATAN, STRYKING DEBUT and BREAK UP will put a spring (excuse pun) in your step after they open their account
GUARD OF HONOUR worked over 800m on the Beaumont (14 metres) Saturday morning clocking 54.30 and a last 600m in 38.80.
“He nearly pulled my arms out of their sockets” was the post gallop comment from Aaron Bullock.
Guard of Honour will compete in Saturday’s Group 2 Roman Consul and it won’t be easy as Astern Capitalist may be rivals.
Conchita (light blue cap) blitzed her rivals in a recent trial at Cessnock on a heavy track