Win­ning look

Un­raced Mar­ble a jewel for Godol­phin

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TRY­ING to fig­ure out who is the best horse of the Godol­phin class of 2014 (foals), it aca­demic re­ally, but here’s one vote for the un­raced MAR­BLE to be in fin­ish.

This son of Ex­ceed And Ex­cel and the Sur­round/Sil­ver Shadow win­ner, Flight Stakes placeget­ter, Parables was the talk of town among avid trial watchers af­ter his March 24 heat win by 3.5-lens at War­wick Farm.

The still un­raced two-yearold was ever bit as good at last Fri­day’s Rand­wick tri­als even though the mar­gin was ‘ only’ 0.5-lens this time.

Bear in mind he drew wide and was back on his heels for the first 50-odd me­tres, cir­cled

field af­ter that to be on­pace but very, very wide in­deed on straight­en­ing.

Mind you, he was al­ways trav­el­ling like a win­ner and that he did – again – and with ease and pur­pose.

There was one other gi­gan­tic per­for­mance from a two-year-old at Rand­wick’s heats and that came from the Snow­dens’ Triple Crown geld­ing SMARTEDGE.

The $120,000 Magic Mil­lions Year­ling pur­chase has tri­alled three times now, one of Fe­bru­ary, one in March, on last week and all of them he has os­ten­si­bly been the star of the show.

He is an ex­cit­ing horse top end to tail.

One other to take the eye out of the Smartedge heat was grey two-year-old colt in the Denise Martin colours – D’ARGENTO.

This son of So You Think won a trial in supremely im­pres­sive style back on De­cem­ber 20 last year and went out with­out rac­ing.

He led through­out that day, this time he was off speed and through the pack at over the last 150m like a good So You Think should.

Still on the soon to be three­year-old’s, there were a cou­ple of tidy ef­forts from two of the lo­cals in Heat 9 namely LIGHTZ who won by 2.8-lens (eas­ily too) and the fourth­placed DRACARYS from the afore­men­tioned Snow­den yard.

Lightz is a Jim and Greg Lee mix of Golden Slip­per win­ners Se­poy and Po­lar Suc­cess and surely did enough in the spring and the au­tumn to un­der­score his un­doubted tal­ent.

That was a big, big win in that heat.

Mil­lion dol­lar year­ling Dracharys mean­while came from a long way off to nar­row the gap which was still all of a half dozen lengths at the fin­ish.

Still with Snow­dens, it was a de­light to see MIS­SILE CODA back on the track again.

This daugh­ter of Smart Mis­sile has only raced once and that was back on April 2 last year where she handed in the most un­likely and most im­pres­sive of de­but wins at Kem­bla.

She’s ob­vi­ously met with a fair few ob­sta­cles since then but she has all the tal­ent in the world; here’s hop­ing she holds to­gether and we may see her win­ning stakes races in 2017/18.

Mis­sile Coda was un­der a grip vir­tu­ally through­out her 735m trial fin­ish­ing 1.3-lens to the Water­house/Bott mare MISS ELLY MAY who was quite im­pres­sive in her own right.

Stay­ing bred two-year-old filly OCEAN NYMPH was buried away in be­hind a wall of horses at the end of her heat; she clocked 5th the 9 only 1.9lens from win­ner gain­ing a tick for this, her very first trial.

That said, it triple tick and gold star on the fore­head for the Bjorn Baker sta­ble­mate SONGLIKE who beat FUNOON by 2-lens in their heat and given that we reckon Funoon is fly­ing, one re­ally does have to start mark­ing Songlike up and up.

Af­ter all, she started $6 in the Group 2 Sweet Em­brace on de­but – we can over­look

re­sult, 24-lens last on the Heavy 8, spelled im­me­di­ately.

Funoon’s trainer Mark Newn­ham must be pleased with how SO HARD TO CATCH is trav­el­ling in the lead-up to her im­mi­nent re­turn.

Two tri­als, two wins – she looks screwed down for a bold first-up run and soon.

She was 2.3-lens ahead of IMANAUI who races in the same orange and white colours of the Gall/Hans­berry fam­i­lies made fa­mous by the mighty stal­lion I Am In­vin­ci­ble.

Imanui is trained by Ron Quin­ton who de­liv­ered one of the most like­able win­ners

morn­ing in the shape BARN­ABAS who is by Zariz out of a daugh­ter of Prophet’s Kiss whom Quin­ton trained to stakes suc­cess.

Our oth­ers to men­tion are PO­ETIC DIVA, CHALK and the Turner/Po­letti co-trained ART

OF EX­CEL­LENCE es­pe­cially MORE TO GAIN.

Lightz, with train­ers Jim Lee (left) and Greg Lee (right), and jockey Koby Jen­nings (mid­dle), was one of a num­ber of handy tri­allers at Rand­wick

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