Ex-Victorian upstages her rivals at Gosford
IT does make one up sit up and pay attention when a Benchmark 58 horse whose form reads ‘O5858x’ defeats a Listed winner and Group 3 placegetter in a barrier trial.
And that was the case the 1000m opening trial at Gosford last Friday when Angela Davies trained NICCORAMA led from the jump, relegating
MIGHTY LUCKY to the quinella position.
Niccorama hails from Victoria where his only two wins were at Cranbourne on debut in July 2015 and 12 months later at Warracknabeal with both wins on heavy tracks.
An hour later Ms. Davies was back among the winners when RUBEL, an unraced Bel Espirit filly, beat one of the strongest three-year-old fillies heats I’ve seen in a long time.
Rubel’s debut trial back in April was less than flattering but here she put some talented girls to the sword.
In finishing order from second sixth- INTRINSIC (Wyong Maiden winner before a at Rosehill), ENVY OF ALL (Canterbury winner), OXFORD BELLA (winner of two trials January),
YULONG XINGSHENG (Canterbury winner on debut), LEAVEN OF MALICE (winner of Miss Finland Stakes) and last but not least WHISPERED SECRET (won Listed Fernhill beating Toga Picta).
Seven horses who must definitely be entered in your blackbook.
There were a few other threeyear-old fillies trials and plaudits to THE KISS (by Star Witness), CLASSY ANNA (Pluck), SECOND ISLAND (Star Witness) and DREAMY BELLE ( Dream Ahead).
Back to the Open heats and OXFORD MAGIC, under a strangle hold, streeted away from stablemate TICKLING in the other 1000m trial with an honourable mention to Cameron Handicap candidate SOUND PROPOSITION who was just out for light exercise.
Barriers were moved to the 800m and the grey ALL AFLUTTER got nod in Heat 3 but a couple of lovely trials behind were ZESTFUL and the unraced NEWSFAN (by Zoffany).
In the following heat 2016 Provincial Championship winner DANISH TWIST was given an easy time in third position while Group 1 winner CLEARLY INNOCENT finished seventh with trainer Kris Lees describing it as a “leg stretch”.
Now to what you have all been waiting for, the reappearance of GUARD OF HONOUR and he did it again, winning a trial easily.
I am the first to put my hand up and declare GOH has been a major disappointment.
But hopefully the unkind operation he had will do trick. The chestnut now races as a gelding.
Despite racing tad greenly three-year-old debutant INVINCIBLE GANGSTA (I Am Invincible x La Capone) showed a nice turn of hoof to land the prize in three-year-old C&G division.
Once his manners improve the Kristen Buchanan trained galloper may just have a future.
Other impressive displays in that category included POINT FORWARD (G Charge Forward)
and GREYWORM (G Master OF Design) .
Follow File; CALYPSO BAY, FELINES, TO EXCESS, TABLE TWO and TWICE AS SWEET.
Guard Of Honour, who is now a gelding, won a trial at Gosford last week as he prepares for his return