Unraced Marble a jewel for Godolphin
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