Kosciuszko duo ready to climb
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,
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.