Star studded trial lives up to hype
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
are; OMAR, NASAAYIM, SECRET LADY, PAQUIRRI, JETWINGS and the imports PERIBSEN (O’Shea) and BRIMHAM ROCKS ( Waller).
Lanciato trialled well at Rosehill last week.