Im­prov­ing Nicc

Ex-Vic­to­rian up­stages her ri­vals at Gos­ford

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork -

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) .



Guard Of Hon­our, who is now a geld­ing, won a trial at Gos­ford last week as he pre­pares for his re­turn

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