Con­ners’ colt is a Star in the mak­ing

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

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.


Ball Of Mus­cle pow­ered home to win his trial by an im­pres­sive mar­gin.

SHAYNE O’CASS Syd­ney tri­als

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