Conners’ Star is ready to shine
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