O’Gor­man’s Sun shines in hitout

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - ALAN GOLLOGLY

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).

Suncraze

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