Conners’ colt is a Star in the making
THERE was no more striking horse, nor a better trialler, than the unraced three-yearold colt appropriately named STARRING.
Bought for $100,000 at the Gold Coast by his trainer Clarry Conners, Starring is a member of the ‘once per cent club’, that is to say his is officially registered with the Australian Stud Book as black.
Only one per cent of all thoroughbreds in the Stud Book are deemed to be black.
For that, Starring can thank his sire, Lonhro but we also note the presence of Bletchingly close up in the colt’s pedigree, he of course threw a pretty handy black gelding named Kingston Town.
Don’t get me wrong, Starring is no triple Cox Plate winner in waiting but there is a bit of Kingston Town about this horse, just a tad.
For the record, Starring came from last and wide to run the winner to a length, another 100m, and he wins by two; and this was his first trial, which adds to the excitement.
Two other three-year- old’s that were having their first public trials and left a big impression Godolphin pair ISAURIAN DEPRIVE who finished first and third respectively in their 794m heat.
Isaurian (by Exceed And Excel out of Mummify’s halfsister, Byznatine) did absolutely everything right, he gave Hugh Bowman an armchair ride, no mistakes, all class.
Deprive’s performance was a little more dramatic.
This handsome son of Denman gave away a decent start and covered fair bit extra ground but that didn’t stop him from rattling down the middle and powering through line.
A few more of the many Godolphin highlights before moving on; GAULOIS, VIGILANCE, MANICURE ( just went around at the back of the field) and drum roll, please, DISSOLUTE whose only muscle flexed were the ears that he pricked going over the line; gosh that was easy work for him.
Now to the most important heat of day, Open 800m trial won by BALL OF MUSCLE, stablemate TERRAVISTA in third, ECKSTEIN (fifth) and SINGLE BULLET a perfect seventh of the nine.
Ball Of Muscle was $1.01 to win the heat, his ‘form’ now reads WF heats — 15, won nine.
He won this by 5.5-lens in very, very slick time as usual (45.60s).
Of those nine wins, this was his second biggest winning margin.
Okay, he’s not going to win the Everest, but’s clearly lost none of his pace and speed.
As for Single Bullet, he beat She Will Reign in that Aug. 25 trial but was given a very easy time of it in this one, hanging
out the back and running on a tad late.
If Gary Portelli was pleased with Single Bullet, he must have been utterly delighted
IMPROVEMENT who was way, way below her best when sixth to Tango Rain at Rosehill on Aug. 26. This was more like it. Improvement was 3-lens off the leader at the 300m but ended winning by 3-lens; sure, that was stopping don’t underestimate the sheer acceleration shown by Portelli’s mare.
SHAZEE LEE was back at the trials having been a late withdrawal from her Mona Lisa assignment last week.
It was a pity they went without her, not only was it a mission for her, she might have won the race.
We shall never know but her trial (third in a 1200m heat) was fantastic.
Shazee Lee is fact very underrated mare bearing in mind she beat a high quality field in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas at the end of the last campaign.
Note that FOXPLAY was 2.1-lens fourth in this same heat, her effort almost mirrored that of Shazlee Lee.
Foxplay will race this weekend in either in the Bill Ritchie or the George Main which would see her clash (again) with stablemate Winx.
Back to Portelli; the reigning Golden Slipper winning trainer has always been considered a master with the twoyearold’s and has a couple of smart ones in EXCELTIC and ZERCHOIS who won their respective heats at the Farm last week.
Of the two, we liked the filly Zerchois best, this daughter of Choisir is absolute epitome of the ‘ ready made racehorse.
She did everything right and seemed to enjoy it; that is some action she’s got.
Our others are; MARCO THE SMUCK, SPRING CREEK STAR, DIXIE CHICK, IOWA, PASSAGE OF TIME, EXTREME MEASURE, EASY EDDIE, MISS DEMI, HEZ LETHAL and GRIMOIRE.
Ball Of Muscle powered home to win his trial by an impressive margin.