Kosciuszko duo ready to climb

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - ALAN GOLLOGLY

THE se­cond bar­rier trial (1000m) at Gos­ford last Fri­day was ea­gerly awaited as it fea­tured the ap­pear­ance of VICTOREM and AF­TER ALL THAT, two of the ma­jor play­ers in the $1.3m Kosciuszko (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Oc­to­ber 13.

Af­ter miss­ing the start slightly, ta­lented seven-yearold WAITANDWATCH drove through to set up a solid tempo and he kept the mo­men­tum rolling scor­ing by two lengths.

How­ever Victorem (4th beaten 3.5 len) and Af­ter All That (5th 5.0 len) were merely out for the ex­er­cise and their ef­forts over last fur­long were full of merit.

Pre­post Kosciuszko favourite CARE TO THINK was ul­tra-im­pres­sive in win­ning his trial by a widen­ing 5.8-len at Bal­lina on Sun­day.

The open­ing trial at Gos­ford was over 1200m and saw the ad­di­tion of blink­ers plus a Soft 6 sur­face add some speed to legs Group 1 win­ner SENSE OF OC­CA­SION.

The now eight-year- old sat “one one” and sprinted quickly when given a rev by rider Aaron Bul­lock.

Ku­dos to the run­ner-up FRONT VIEW who is a maiden but that may change af­ter he runs at Port Mac­quarie on Fri­day.

The sole two-year- old heat was taken out by AR­TIE’S ROSE, a daugh­ter of Zof­fany ( IRE), and the chest­nut led from the jump win­ning with au­thor­ity.

Se­cond placeget­ter VAR­SITY, a colt by Ex­ceed And Ex­cel, also ap­pears to have a fu­ture as I quite liked his fi­nal 75m.

Oth­ers to keep an eye on dur­ing Oc­to­ber are: KING LEAR, TRAU­MA­TISED, NICCOBELLE, I AM TE­FLON, SUPREME STREAK,

and MC­COR­MACK.

CLEARLY IN­NO­CENT and JUST DREAM­ING matched strides over 1000m on the course proper (8m out) Sat­ur­day morn­ing clock­ing in at 1.09.85 ( last 600m 35.90).

The duo will re­sume the next fort­night with Clearly In­no­cent a pos­si­ble starter in the Group 3 $ 500,000 Syd­ney Stakes (1200m) on Ever­est Day.

The Beau­mont track was only an­ti­clock­wise gal­lops and POWER COM­MAND recorded the best with a 53.60 ( last 600m 38.40) which in­di­cates he

is get­ting closer to the win­ners stall.

PE­TAIN and TIPPLER were un­der re­straint dur­ing their 800m in 54.00 (38.90) while THE TENOR was also given a quiet ride 54.25 (39.00).

EVER­ARD looked the part on Tues­day be­fore she de­parted for Mel­bourne later that night.

She was un­der a tight grip when go­ing an­ti­clock­wise on the course proper where she clocked 1000m in 1.09.80 (39.20).

Ever­ard will com­pete in the UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flem­ing­ton on Sat­ur­day.

Kosciuszko slot holder Victorem tri­alled well at Gos­ford last week.

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