Unraced England set to kick a goal
THERE were some big names in action at the Warwick Farm heats last Friday who were in some ways upstaged by an unraced horse that only dedicated trial watchers would be aware of.
The horse in question carries the noble moniker of ENGLAND and with that also carried a price $ 900,000 as an Easter Yearling purchase by Tom Magnier and Damien Flower (Jadeskye).
England, officially categorized as a ‘rig’ by Racing Australia and AAP, is trained by Chris Waller and won a trial back in April.
That was a fine effort but this last one brilliant. He slow out and second
at the 600m but threaded his way through a tight spot to win bang on the line. He must have a good head on his shoulders to pull that off.
England is bred to be a multi million dollar stallion if he makes the grade being very typical son of Fastnet Rock out of a mare named Inglorious who was Champion threeyearold Filly in Canada in 2011.
England’s first three dams are all stakes winners.
Now to those aforementioned ‘big names’ who went around in Heat 1 set aside for the Group 1 and Group 2 horses over 800m.
There was 20-lens first to last by virtue of the presence of Sydney’s fastest horse, SUPER TOO, then no chasers – well, part from INVINCIBLE STAR who actually got her head down a nostril in front of the Marc Conners-trained filly bang on the line.
Invincible Star is clearly a very, very talented filly, not least for the fact that she was 0.2-lens second to Merchant
Navy in the Coolmore Stud at her last start and we all know what winner has done since.
But all in all, we can report nothing of note for those behind namely PIERATA (who is going well we must say) then D’ARGENTO, ALIZEE, LUVALUVA, SINGLE GAZE, PATRICK ERIN and LIBRAN.
All bar Pierata were minimum 12-lens off the winner.
Heat 9 was another important marker from a spring carnival point of view and it turned out to be rolled-gold exhibition gallop between the winner SANDBAR and 0.3-lens runner-up SANTOS.
Neither was floored, both were ship-shape.
Bjorn Baker must have a race picked out for CELOSIA to return in very shortly.
This daughter of I Am Invincible and P J Bell winner Rich Megadale won a Rosehill heat on Jul 9 backing that up with an even more impressive win this time.
There is certainly enough praise to go around to lavish on the placegetters in Heat 12 namely FRUSTRATED, UMI ZOUMI and ALTAIR, the $ 510,000 Magic Millions yearling by Zoustar, but we really want to single out the fourth placed RANIER from the Godolphin camp.
The son of Lonhro and Kanzan wasn’t seen post his nose second on debut in the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial (1000m) at Flemington on Oct 7.
He reappeared at ‘the Farm’ on Jul 6 winning an 804m trial in good style. This time around, he was 2.7-lens off the winner but getting home with real purpose.
Let’s stay with the James Cummings stable to highlight AVILIUS, CRISTOBAL, NANDA DEVI, SOOTHING and PIRACY who were all fine dandy.
The two of the above that most wouldn’t know well is Nanda Devi given she is an unraced two-year- old filly whilst Avilius is a very well credentialled GB-bred, French stakewinner.
Avilius is a son of Pivotal and a full brother to French Group 2 winner Saint Baudolino
and a half to French Listed winner Army Bulletin.
Avilius’ own stakes-win was on debut in a Listed race over 2000m at Maisons-Laffitte Anzac day 2017.
Heat 4 was the deepest heat besides the opener of course – we found merit in the first four across line namely THE DRAKE, FANNING, CONDOR HEROES and MISS QUE.
Perhaps the one worth expanding upon is Condor Heroes who led by 10-lens at one point in his last trial win which he was about four (eased right down).
This time he off pace and getting to line deluxe to be beaten 1.4-lens.
It will be absolutely fascinating to see how and where he goes this spring when he’ll race as a four-year- old post August 1.
Our others to follow from last week’s heats are SHOW A STAR, RIGHTEOUSNESS, LIGHT CHARGE and the unraced pair of RECONSIDER and HYLONOME who were just great at this, their first respective trials.
Invincible Star (red) trialled well at Warwick Farm last week.