Waller’s ageless Barman looks to be going as well as ever
WHO was that sprightly type in the orange colours powering through the line in his heat, a 2.8-len fifth at the finish, but in front a hundred metres after the post?
Why none other than 10-year- old, five-times Sydney Cup runner (one time winner) and three time Melbourne Cup competitor WHO SHOT THEBARMAN. Wow, what a horse. If you read somewhere this week Chris Waller say ‘he’s going as well as he ever has’, believe it – let’s wait and see how close he can get to WINX in Saturday’s George Main, it might not be as far as you’d think.
The Barman was a standout performer at last Friday’s 11
heats at Warwick Farm which kicked off with some other stayers going around dutifully in the opener.
The order was TALLY, ALWARD, PERIBSEN with 0.6-len over the trio then 2.5-len back to
Richard Freedman pair AUVRAY and ROMAN SON. Well done to all. Now from the old timers to the newcomers and we saw a flashback to 1980’s 1990’s here with the four-time Golden Slipper winning trainer Clarry Conners going one-two in the twoyearold heat.
DIDDLES (a filly by Snitzel out of Magic Millions winner Mimi Lebrock) showed the benefits a sound education by beating his stablemate KARIBA 2.5-len, some of which can attributed to the latter running wide on corner.
Pago Pago winner SINGLE BULLET has turned the corner since he been gelded, he was third in a good race on return on Aug 25 before a lovely win in his heat last Friday.
We saw him do something he hasn’t always done – attack the line!
Take note that I AM COLDPLAY was eased down over the last bit to finish a cruisy fourth whilst Kementari’s three- quarter-bother, REGENT was a worthy sixth.
Peter and Wendy Moran’s ace mare MISS QUE was a slashing second in her heat coming wide and from the back to finish a length behind Mark Newnham’s classy SUPER EX who has now won two trials post his Brisbane carnival appearances.
Coincidentally, Super Ex is by Tickets who was bred and raced by none other than Peter and Wendy Moran.
Where is Tickets now you ask? China.
Newnham has a whole lot of depth at his disposal this spring, lots of lightly-raced three-year- old’s and a cracking Breeders’ Plate type in Exceed The Stars.
Throw in the three-year- old’s SHADOW BRIDGE and WISE MISSILLE who won their respective trials last week by margins of 7.3-len and 4.8-len.
If trainer Steve Englebrecht is able to find a 1000m race somewhere, anywhere, for GOLDFINCH then she (the mare) will be winning.
Nature Strip is fast, so is Super Too, but Goldfinch would give them both a run for their money over the first 400m.
Goldfinch won a trial at WF on Aug 24 by 5.8-len and won last week’s heat 4.8-len – Deanne Panya unmoved in the saddle.
Stablemate HIGHWAY is a miler/stayer and trialled accordingly but don’t rule a first-up win or place out for this mare who ran in Youngstar’s Queensland Oaks at her most recent outing.
Our others from these heats are; SUNSUZIE, EUROBLAZE, MISS CHARLIE and most assuredly MADAM OAKS.