Land of promise
Grass looks green for CHC’s promising filly
IT’S rare for top jockey Hugh Bowman to attend a set of provincial barrier trials but there he was at Gosford last Tuesday riding three China Horse Club (CHC) owned two-yearolds among his book of five mounts. GRASSLANDS (F Snitzel x Elusive Wonder), unplaced at three career starts, opened the innings for the youngsters when leading from the get go and she wasn’t knocked about by Hugh to record a soft win.
However the trio behind her are definite “follow me” — LOHAN PRINCESS, DREAM CHARGE and LA BIERE CHOISIE all raced greenly but found the line strongly.
Unraced SASSO CORBARO (F All Too Hard x Furline) continued her superb trial form with a neck victory after sitting fourth fence before finding a gap at the 300m.
The chestnut oozes class and I loved her final 75m when given a shake up by HB. Runner-up POWER COMMAND ran on strongly under the guidance of a lightweight rider.
Memories would have been flooding back for Hugh when cantering NATIONALITY to the gates for the next heat.
The colt by Commands is a half-brother to Samantha Miss who he piloted to so many Group 1 wins including the 2008 VRC Oaks.
Nationality was a brave second to the Paul Perry trained SAUSILITO (G Sebring x Free Spirited) who carried blinkers and fought back with purpose after sitting in the “death seat’. Another CHC entrant LEAGUE OF NATIONS was given a relatively quiet time in third position.
The session opened with three divisions for Open horses over 1000m and tough sprinter OXFORD POET indicated he is on song for a successful winter with an all the way win.
The baldy faced chestnut was under severe restraint and defied two fast closers — BASTIA and REACH FOR HEAVEN.
KANGURU and EASTERN PARADISE were the other two “five furlong” winners with honourable mentions to SOUND PROPOSITION and SEE THE SHOW. Back on January 21 SPENDING TO WIN (2nd 0.2 len) and STAR CROSSED (last 2.8len) competed in the Wilkes Quality (1000m) at Randwick and they were the winners of separate 800m Open heats at Gosford.
Star Crossed led and won by a space while Spending To Win was just given slight nudge by young Heywood.
Both are in the sure win soon category.
A couple of Kris Lees team won’t be Maidens for much longer judging by their trial wins.
BOLD CHANCE (by Bryannbo’s Gift) has only raced once for a fourth on the Beaumont last year but boy
did he change gears at the 100m.
BISCUIT TIME is a jump and run type who looks ideally placed with 4kg claimer Louise Day on board in the opener at Cessnock today.
Oh, by the way, there was a standout trial behind Biscuit Time. ALL STAND, the winner of two trials in 2016, unwound a powerful finish to run third ... and he is by I Am Invincible!
Grasslands looked the goods when taking out a trial at Gosford last Tuesday