Star stud­ded trial lives up to hype

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest trackwork Times - SHAYNE O’CASS

HEAT one at Rose­hill was prob­a­bly the most watched trial on SKY this sea­son.

Here’s what hap­pened, CHAU­TAUQUA stayed in the gates (again), WINX only got in­ter­ested over the last 50m, Golden Slip­per win­ner SHE WILL REIGN won, Ep­som favourite KE­MEN­TARI was fan­tas­tic (again) in third.

The horse we want to hone in on is LANCIATO who was fourth, 1.8-lens from She Will Reign, but hit the line with his usual gusto. He is fly­ing. Ditto the Bjorn Baker pair MU­SIC MAG­NATE and EGYP­TIAN SYM­BOL who fin­ished one-two in their 900m heat.

Granted both horses are dead­set trial stars ev­ery time they ap­pear but truly, could

be any bet­ter? Bear in mind too that they are both deadly fresh; Mu­sic Mag­nate is 7s 3-2- 0 whilst his blue-blooded Cress­fiel­d­owned sta­ble­mate is even bet­ter be­ing 4 from 5.

Take note that the third horse home in this heat was Baker’s own TONY’S RE­WARD. This trial will read as tempt­ing form when he reap­pears in the near fu­ture.

Horses, train­ers or even jock­eys are usu­ally the ones that get called ‘stars’ at the tri­als.

This time it’s ac­tu­ally an owner, and no less an owner than Alan Bell whose fa­mous Schillaci colours were worn by a trio of ex­tremely ex­cit­ing horses that will turn three to­mor­row.

Chief among them was VEN­DOME, the brother to Sham­ex­press and 2017 Karaka Pre­mier Year­ling Sale top­per at $ 825,000.

If there is a bet­ter mov­ing horse around the place, we haven’t yet seen it.

This could be his time to shine now.

Bell’s other two – like­wise sta­tioned at Team Hawkes – are both fil­lies namely SYMI and DE­BATE.

Symi is an un­raced sis­ter to Blue Di­a­mond win­ner Catchy and was sold for $700,000 at Easter whilst De­bate, a $ 540,000 buy at the same sale, is a So You Think half to Un­pre­ten­tious who won the Group 2 Schillaci ( how about that!).

All of them tri­alled like ‘good horses’.

The Snow­den’s are in for a good time this spring with the soon to be three-year- old’s

SPIN and SIGNORE FOX who will no doubt be aimed at the big races just around the cor­ner.

Spin has al­ready con­tested his fair share of them when a two-year- old and ran pretty well in all of them.

The son I Am In­vin­ci­ble was given a good hit out last week, for the last fur­long any­way, where he man­aged to put 3.3-lens on oth­ers headed by $1.1m Magic Mil­lions year­ling, ADANA.

We are mas­sive fans of Signore Fox.

Right now, his form says four start maiden with his best ef­fort a sec­ond in a New­cas­tle 1400m maiden.

Scrub that, he’s at very least Satur­day class and a gen­uine smoky for black-type this time in work. Black Book him. Breeder’s Plate win­ner PERFORMER was back in pub­lic view for the first time since his very dis­ap­point­ing Golden Slip­per fail­ure.

Granted his lead-up didn’t ex­actly go to plan and was al­ways go­ing be a spring three-year- old with Golden Rose as­pi­ra­tions.

The Chris Waller-trained colt was 4th of 7 in his heat last Mon­day at Rose­hill, he was in traf­fic the whole way and never let go any stage as a re­sult.

Waller and Bow­man teamed up to win the penul­ti­mate heat with Zous­tar son CHARGED who will be aim­ing/striv­ing for a stakes win some­time be­tween now and the end of the spring.

Charged beat a fast fin­ish­ing and im­pres­sive EN­CRYP­TION in the Royal Blue.

This son of Lonhro and Guelph won Black Opal then ran con­sec­u­tive 6ths in the Sires’ and the Cham­pagne Stakes.

We liked trial, as easy as it was, from RI­VALRY, a Pierro colt housed at Team Hawkes.

An un­raced three-yearold (as of to­mor­row), Ri­valry wears the navy colours of part- own­ers Cool­more and is out of a sis­ter to mul­ti­ple Group 2 win­ner Su­gar Babe.

Still with the Hawkes’, they pro­duced two re­gally bred two-year- old’s (that’s age three to­mor­row) namely SYLVIA’S MOTHER and BRIL­LIANT CHOICE.

For the record, the for­mer is a Snitzel out of Bel Mer’s sis­ter, other one is a colt by Red­oute’s Choice that made $ 600,000 at Easter.

Our oth­ers from what was a ‘sign­post’ morn­ing in­so­far as the spring is con­cerned


Lanciato tri­alled well at Rose­hill last week.

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