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

WHAT an in­cred­i­ble week it was for the stakes-win­ner and now cel­e­brated brood­mare Mica’s Pride.

To start off with, two of her off­spring – FOL­LOW ON and SIR OWEN — book ended Mon­day morn­ing’s tri­als at Rand­wick then on Satur­day, an­other of her sons, COMIN’ THROUGH, won the Tramway at the same venue.

That’s not to men­tion that she is also dam of the near cham­pion Cri­te­rion.

Let it be known too that all of the above men­tioned horses, in­clud­ing Mica’s Pride her­self, are owned by Sir Owen Glenn.

Fol­low On was good win­ning the open­ing heat but nowhere near as im­pres­sive as Sir Owen was in the fi­nal trial.

A son of Fast­net Rock and thus a brother to Comin’ Through, Sir Owen is trained by Peter and Paul Snow­den and was a great third on de­but (only start) at War­wick Farm back on May 30.

It’s not im­pos­si­ble that he could em­u­late his brother’s win in the Car­bine Club Stakes on Derby day if they head that way — and very well might.

Heat 2 was an im­por­tant one on the day given the pres­ence of DAYSEE DOOM, HOME OF THE BRAVE and the Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig mare FOR­MAL­ITY.

All of them were good to vary­ing de­grees but the pick (if they was one) was Ron Quin­ton’s bonny mare Daysee Doom who fin­ished fourth just be­hind the other two who were third and sec­ond re­spec­tively be­hind the Tul­loch Lodge run­ner MA­JOR WAGER. That said, we know from For­mal­ity’s re­cent clos­ing 2.3-len sec­ond to Pier­ata in a Rose­hill heat on Aug 20 that she is fly­ing.

Keep in mind with this daugh­ter of Fast­net Rock and Jolie’s Shinju that she was third in the Cool­more Stud Stakes be­hind Merchant Navy and In­vin­ci­ble Star in a very strong re­newal of the Group 1 fea­ture.

Mark Newn­ham would have been pleased with BURN­ING PAS­SION’S un­hur­ried 3.4len sev­enth in the same heat (above) but clearly he would have been re­joic­ing in the per­for­mance of the flashy EX­CEED THE STARS.

This son of Star Wit­ness, bought by Darby Rac­ing for $220,000 at the Gold Coast, won the first two-year- old trial of new sea­son and won it like a good horse, sprint­ing away from his rivals to score by neat 1.8-len.

The most talked about trial of the morn­ing was the one taken out by MAG­GIE MISS from Water­house/Bott camp.

This un­raced daugh­ter of Medaglia D’Oro was about a length in front at the top of the straight which bal­looned out to al­most 13-len by end the 1050m.

Not only did she put a huge gap of her rivals but she also ran siz­zling time too; 63.01s for the over­all trip with a 33.90s last 600m and she wasn’t at all let rip un­til about the 400m ei­ther mak­ing her ef­fort the more con­vinc­ing.

Water­house and Bott won a later heat with their last start Group 1 win­ning mare PROMPT RE­SPONSE who was a shade too classy for WITH PUR­POSE also races in the same in­ter­ests.

Given that ef­fort, and the trial prior, surely With Pur­pose is go­ing to start nice short and be hard beat when trainer Ed­ward O’Rourke opens her new cam­paign.

Take se­ri­ous note that the fifth placed horse here was none other than EX­CEL­LENT DE­SIGN who cruis­ing along for the whole way.

She was ready to win a few weeks back first-up off bril­liant trial but was a late scratch­ing.

Take two for her will more than likely be the win that so many fore­cast the John Thomp­son-trained mare day.

One more from Bowral Street be­fore mov­ing on and that is SHOW SOME LEG, an un­raced daugh­ter of one the Water­house-trained Golden Slip­per win­ner in Se­bring.

To Godol­phin now and ku­dos to the Royal Blue trio of SOOTH­ING, SPECTROSCOPE and a Hel­met / Safe four-year- old by the name of WATCH­DOG who is 6s 1-3- 0 south of the bor­der.

An­thony and Ed­ward Cum­mings were to the fore last Mon­day via WATCH­ING (an easy last) and PARISIANS who was noted for her late fin­ish when 1.8len fourth of five be­hind Les Bridge’s THE SINNERMAN who was good.

Our oth­ers from these tri­als are: KNOCKED TOFF, GRANDE ROSSO, SPEND­ING TO WIN, REZEALIENT and THE GOLD HIND.

Prompt Re­sponse tri­alled well at Rand­wick last week.

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