Con­ners’ Star is ready to shine

The Sportsman Midweek - - Last Week’s Results - SHAYNE O’CASS GRIMOIRE, LANCIATO, CHAPPIE and SCREAM PARK.

BLACK colt STAR­RING was no more than a dim light on de­but at Gosford last month but is ready to shine when he has his sec­ond ca­reer run at Hawkes­bury to­mor­row af­ter an­other su­perb trial at War­wick Farm last Mon­day morn­ing.

The Clarry Con­ners trained son of Lonhro was well fan­cied to show up when he stepped out for the first time on Oct. 5 but was run off his legs tail­ing off to last but only 5-lens from the win­ner Tiny Taj.

His third plac­ing in his 1175m heat early last week indi­cates a much bet­ter show­ing come Wed­nes­day in the much more suit­able 1300m maiden.

Con­ners him­self ‘starred’ at these tri­als via his speedy and sturdy ch­est­nut KUDERO who will be soon lin­ing up for his 61 start in search of a 13th win and does so off the back of a blaz­ing 7.3-lens win his 740m heat.

Granted these syn­thetic heats can be dan­ger­ous to as­sess, but he would have won by just as far on the grass — he was on fire!

One of the most im­pres­sive and in­trigu­ing tri­allers was the un­raced two-year- old named PAQUIRRI.

Gary Moore paid sec­ond top price of $265,000 for the son of I Am In­vin­ci­ble and dual WA Listed win­ner Miss Solis at the Perth Magic Mil­lions Year­ling Sale back in Fe­bru­ary.

It seems money well spent on this fel­low who was an eye catcher at the of­fi­cial twoyearold tri­als at Can­ter­bury on Sep. 18, more so this time win­ning his 740m heat with heaps in re­serve.

Gary Portelli was the man at these heats though with a suc­ces­sion of out­stand­ing per­form­ers from his yard in­clud­ing the usual sus­pects STRATURBO and TES­TASHADOW who fin­ished first and sec­ond in their re­spec­tive heats.

Straturbo is trial spe­cial­ist, last week’s win was the 13th in his long and some­times il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

This lat­est one and easy 2.5lens vic­tory over Joe Pride’s speedy mare TIM­ING the Chris Waller trained mare, NOIRE.

Tes­tashadow mean­while went stride for stride with even­tual nose win­ner LAD­DER ( Jean Dubois) all the way up the run­ning but wasn’t asked for big ef­fort from Deanne Panya who won the Magic Mil­lions Cup on son of Testa Rossa in Jan­uary.

Ku­dos to Com­mands mare Lad­der though, hers was a most com­pelling ef­fort — she is a first-up win­ner too so look out when she re­sumes some­time very soon.

Still with Portelli, he would have been de­lighted with the per­for­mances of Lip­pizan’s two-year- old Pierro half-sis­ter PER­FECT PITCH (1st), Show­cas­ing two-year- old filly SHOWGALS (2nd to Per­fect Pitch) and the Snitzel three­year- old RADETZKY who won his heat un­der Panya by 2-lens.

Hawkes­bury filly WHIT­NEY’S STAR was su­per im­pres­sive win­ning her heat by 2.3-lens, surely enough to ren­der her Oct. 26 at home 5th of 6 to his­tory. We won’t have long to wait see, Whit­ney’s Star will go around with Jeff Penza up in a race at Gosford to­day ( Tues­day).

Godol­phin didn’t have the quan­tity that they of­ten do at WF tri­als but there was qual­ity, specif­i­cally, the Se­poy geld­ing NATHULA who the epit­ome of power as he strode boldly to the line fin­ish­ing third Ve­lo­cano who we should men­tion is our top pick at good odds to win firstup Gosford to­day.

Nathula is down run at Hawkes­bury to­mor­row but is up against the afore­men­tioned Star­ring.

But not only him, Nathula and Star­ring are both likely to meet with TRUST IN A STAR from the Team Hawkes sta­ble and she’ll no doubt make them work hard for which ever one of them wins af­ter a lovely third in her trial last week.

One more of the Godol­phin horses to men­tion quickly be­fore mov­ing on — GUARDS, an un­raced three-year- old geld­ing by Street Cry who ran com­fort­able 5th in his heat. Nice work. Joe Pride has a really nice three-year- old filly soon to race by the name of ORIA who has tri­alled twice now, 5th and 3rd ( last week).

Oria is by Medaglia D’oro, his 2nd Dam is the stake­splaced Buenos Aires who is a Rain­bow Quest half-sis­ter to Might And Power!

Let’s wind this up with the win­ners of the last two heats, THE CAR­TOON­IST and MONSIEUR SISU, both trained by Paul Cave.

They were both good but the lat­ter was very good.

He is a son of VRC Derby and Caulfield Cup win­ner Elvstroem out of mare named Lady In Paris whom Cave trained so too the 2nd Dam, Paris Week­end, who won a Keith Mackay and was close run­ner-up to Full And By in the 1988 Cham­pagne Stakes.

Our oth­ers this week are;

Kudero tri­alled well at War­wick Farm last week

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