Perry’s Group 1-winner looks on song for spring
A 1200m heat opened the innings at last Wednesday’s Newcastle Course Proper (12m out/ Soft 7) barrier trials and not surprisingly two of last season’s Group 1 trophy holders ran the quinella.
The Paul Perry trained Champagne Stakes winner THE MISSION ridden by Corey Brown came out of the gates on terms but by 700m the colt was humming and led by 10 lengths.
Over the latter stages Brown was kind to The Mission and eased down he scored by a tad under five panels.
The Mission’s bold front running style could be an asset when he lines up in feature middle distance three-year-old races during the Spring.
The effort of runner-up SENSE OF OCCASION was so encouraging as he a “mile” from the tearaway at the 800m yet he knuckled down with purpose over final stages.
The Doomben Cup winner looked a treat pre-trial and he will definitely add to his $1,671,020 bank balance over the next two months.
Five Open trials over 900m followed and COHESION, a new addition to the Cessnock yard of Todd Howlett, was an interesting runner in Heat 5.
The four-year-old son of Lonhro x Come Hither started his career with Godolphin and on Australia Day 2016 won a Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Caulfield.
After that Cohesion’s form went pear-shaped but judging by his trial win the gelding is back in the zone. And he clocked the fastest last 600m of the 16 trials.
Special mention to placegetters — TICKLING and ROSA CAROLINA as their efforts were superb.
PS; INTRINSIC (F by So You Think) was merely out for light exercise in fifth position.
Gooree owned WHISPERED SECRET was having her first trial for new trainer Kris Lees and daughter of High Chaparral didn’t disappoint by winning under the guidance of Hugh Bowman.
This filly won a Maiden at Newcastle in late March but then graduated to winning the Listed Fernhill (1600m) before a gallant third The Mission in the Champagne.
Lees and Bowman were back in the winner’s circle 10 minutes later when Japanese import
HALLELUJAH BOY continued his solid trial form.
The flashy chestnut has adapted so well and although he is not in the same class as BRAVE SMASH (second Caulfield 19/8) a Benchmark 80 will be quite suitable thank you.
Kim Waugh also landed an Open double when BLUETWENTYTWO and OXFORD MAGIC saluted.
The former raced well last campaign and a Class 1 will be a gift next month while Oxford Magic fits into similar category but will be racing at a higher level.
Just behind Oxford Magic was a very talented horse called ECHO EFFECT who ran second in the Group 2 Hobartville in February. Bowman’s arm muscles were at full stretch.
There were 10 Maiden trials (900m) of which my highlights were: (A) Aquis Farm owned a trial to trial double with the unraced FORCE (G Pierro x Hosiery) and DANCE CORP (G Snitzel x Dance My Dance).
(B) Paul Perry put the saddle on four winners- WINNERS TALE, FLYING ROSE, MISS IMAGINATION and IMO his best on ground SURJIN (C Stratum x Melbourne Rose).
(C) Philip Atkins only has a small string but always finds handy one — RETRIBUTION Foxwedge x Belle D’Amour) may be the next.
(D) And one for Mr. Breeding Shayne O’Cass — STELLARA (F Sepoy x Stellar Vinia). Ran third in Heat 8 and finished same in a Randwick trial 28/4 a neck behind Kementari !!!
And to the follow beaten brigade — MY MAGGIE, ALLIERATE, SKYLIGHT GLOW, WALLANGARRA and TUNBERRY.
Group 1-winner The Mission looked brilliant in a trial at Newcstle last week