O’Gorman’s Sun shines in hitout
THE return trip from Newcastle to Tamworth would have felt much shorter for trainer Melanie O’Gorman after her classy galloper SUNCRAZE won a course proper barrier trial last Friday.
The four-year- old hadn’t appeared in public since defeating subsequent winner Don’t Give A Damn at Rosehill on September 9.
And this was a much needed hitout as Suncraze’s next appearance will be in the $200,000 Anniversary Highway (1400m) on Everest Day (October 14).
After jumping well in the 1200 metre heat Suncraze settled third fence before rider Luke Cumberland found a gap at the straight entrance.
From there on it was game over as Suncraze lengthened stride and put nearly four panels on his rivals.
The action then switched to the Beaumont track for two 1000m trials and Ms Kim Waugh trained both winners.
OXFORD MAGIC who won two races earlier this year accounted for unraced stablemate Oxford Gem and shortly afterwards CALABASAS took out his heat in style.
The chestnut son of Snitzel has only won the one race but
been placed on numerous occasions. I do think the time has arrived for his owners to revisit the winners’ bar.
In-form mare Princess Lottie was standout in the Open 800m heats winning by a space and running 32.91 for her final 600m – that is humming.
Trained at Muswellbrook by Luke Thomas the three-yearold daughter of Shrapnel won successive races at Cessnock and Taree during August before bumping into smart galloper Northern Knight at Coffs Harbour.
Although beaten by a huge margin placegetters The Wasp and Pacific Reign were given easy assignments.
Talented sprinter TRUST ME resumed from a two month break and did the job nicely for his trainer Brett Partelle. A midweek Benchmark 70 should be perfect first-up.
Another from the Partelle yard PERFECT STYLE made an absolute mess of opposition later in the morning winning by almost 10 lengths.
A 900m/1000m Maiden will be a mere formality this month.
The form of CONCHITA dropped off during winter but she appears back on song after winning her trial under a very strong grip.
This time last year Conchita won at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate eve – watch this space.
PAH TERIE is a former Queenslander who should make his presence felt in a Benchmark 60/65 after scoring a narrow win.
The son of Show A Heart won Two Year Old Handicap at Doomben in February before failing higher class races.
An unraced three-yearold OAKFIELD TWILIGHT (Zoffany x Bally Aura) had me checking my stopwatch after Heat 17 because his time was 46.74 (32.82).
Sure he was given a couple of whip taps by Josh Adams but usually the clock doesn’t lie.
The babies were on show at end of the session and winners EL DORADO DREAMING (F by Ilovethiscity Ben Smith), JAMAICAN DREAM (C Dream Ahead P. Perry) and QUICK NICK (C Choisir P. Perry).