Cummings galloper the standout after smashing rivals
YOU know a horse trialled pretty well when it finished 13-lens in front of TERRAVISTA.
That was the CHETWOOD that we’ve all been missing!
Jeff Penza took no prisoners on the long striding gelding in 900m heat at Canterbury Friday morning winning the trial by 11-lens and still quite well within himself, Chetwood that is.
Terravista was fourth, he wasn’t out there to make Chetwood’s life tough – cruising around under The Gun at a fairly leisurely pace.
Back to Godolphin now and their two-year- olds – PLAGUE STONE, ROHERYN and GONGS. The two Lohnro colts, Plague Stone and Roheryn – trialled as well as any twoyearold that we have seen so far this year; these are two seriously good colts.
Plague Stone won by 5.3lens, Roheryn (ex Mannington) by 4.3-lens, but it wasn’t the big margins that got everyone excited, it was the amazing acceleration each of them showed.
Gongs was good no doubt but not nearly as impressive as the two mentioned above.
James Cummings won the last of 15 heats with another Lonhro replica in SOOTHING.
This three-year- old filly has finished 7/8 and 6/12 in her only two runs last campaign – disappointing given what talent she has.
She is absolutely well worth following through this campaign.
Heat 1 went the way of BROGUE who can pull out a big run fresh when he produced on raceday somewhere soon.
He easily accounted for FOREVER DREAM in the 1100m trial which was marked
by a huge finishing burst from TUMULTUOUS who was 1.3lens third.
Granted his race fit and only got interested late but it was a decent trial to say the least.
Heat 2 was won by Forever Dream’s stablemate MERICAN.
This Richard Freedman trained three-year- old was 9/11 on debut at Kembla on Oct 14, very disappointing for all concerned because he is way, way better than that as we saw last Friday morning.
The one to follow long term and at a high level too is the runner-up Merican named VAISHALI.
This Chris Waller-trained filly is by Sepoy out of AJC Oaks and Ranvet Stakes winner Republic Lass whose five foals are all winners, the best of which is Lonhro son The Conglomerate who won prestigious Group 1 Durban July Handicap in South Africa.
Vaishali was bought for $250,000 as a yearling, good buying when you consider the pedigree and that she seems to have a genuine talent.
Two more from the Waller
camp that are well worth mentioning; AUERBACH and ASSIOMA.
Auerbach is flying and is borderline good thing anywhere he races first-up.
He is a really nice horse by Denman, four-year- old with only one run under the belt, he’ll be worth the wait for his patient connections.
Not only was his win a good one, a very good one in fact, this was one of the deep heats of the morning.
As for Assimo, it was a strange trial to say the least.
We’d need a power point presentation go through exactly what happened to her suffice to say that she was probably going her fastest after the line than at any time before it. Very strange. We know from some inside mail that she’s good and so she should be as a daughter of All Too Hard half to Xtravagant and He’s Remarkable.
Team Hawkes have a smashing good filly in DYSLEXIC, a daughter of Foxwedge and Easy To read hence the clever moniker.
The grand- dam will be well known to all, Legible, who won a Group 2, was runnerup in George Main, Epsom and Golden Rose, and went on to throw dual Group 2 winner Trusting.
Bjorn Baker has a sensational morning; REDOUBLE came through his (ordered) trial in great shape and looks ready to bounce back to form next time.
The big run in the trial though was from Baker trained runner-up EGYPTIAN SYMBOL who was flying home along the paint to grab second ahead of an unhurried DOTHRAKI.
Keep in mind that Egyptian Symbol has a fresh record of three wins from four starts.
One would think she’ll be in Melbourne very soon.
Baker’s ‘others’ that shone were POSITIVE PROBLEMS, TONY’S REWARD, YOUR WAY and most assuredly CONNEMARA.
She is unraced three-yearold filly by Fastnet Rock out Canadian Group 3 winner Sprung whose foals include the stakeswinners, Tawteen and Well sprung.
Our others are; STAR GALAXY SECRET LADY.
Chetwood won his trial by an impressive 11 lengths on Friday.