Rosina im­presses ahead of re­turn

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

KOJONUP, ROSINA the half-sis­ter to 2017 Golden Slip­per win­ner She Will Reign and Gary Portelli’s 2019

hope­ful Time To was the stand­out per­former at last Tues­day’s War­wick Farm heats closely fol­lowed by sta­ble­mate, and Miss Fin­land’s son, NORDICUS.

Rosina Kojonup is a Bjorn Baker-trained filly by the Cox Plate win­ner Shamus Award and has done things in her four tri­als that sug­gest that she is stakes- class.

Her de­but run at Scone in the Listed Wood­lands Stakes was a for­get­table 9th of 10 but that is in no way re­flec­tive of her class, po­ten­tial and tal­ent.

Tim Clark rode the three­yearold filly to her easy two and a quar­ter length win in her 804m heat last week.

She went 47.80s which com­pared well to Nordicus’ 48.86s but bear in mind, the lat­ter won by two lengths and like his sta­ble com­pan­ion, ab­so­lutely pow­ered through the line like we saw him do in a Rose­hill Gar­dens heat on Oct 2.

Two oth­ers from ‘the Bak­ery’ that im­pressed were un­raced three-year- old filly MANLY COVE and Quean­beyan maiden win­ner (from 5 starts), CONTERCURRENT.

Mark Newn­ham has some fan­tas­tic depth in his sta­ble, chief among them is the two-year- old filly BLAZ­ING MISS who is a daugh­ter of Siz­zling from the Darby Blood­stock string.

Newn­ham used last week’s trial as an op­por­tu­nity to keep last start win­ner MOSUO tick­ing over and that he did

with an em­phatic three and a half length win in his heat.

Newn­ham’s sta­ble star LANCIATO mean­while fin­ished a half-length fourth in his 807m tri­alling ex­actly as you would ex­pect, three words – ‘best work late’.

Now to a cou­ple of three­yearold’s that we strongly fancy as soon to be win­ners namely RONSTAR and MONTE DITTO.

Ronstar is go­ing to race at Rose­hill this Satur­day and will take a power of beat­ing.

His tri­als have been ace, this win last Tues­day was as solid as a rock.

Monte Ditto is a David Pfi­ef­fer-trained colt by Zous­tar owned by An­ton Kool­man of The Au­tumn Sun and Egg Tart fame.

Monte Ditto is a Hawkes­bury maiden win­ner when rac­ing first-up last cam­paign and ev­ery­thing he has done in his two tri­als sug­gests that he is ready and able to do again when pro­duced in com­ing days.

Greg Hick­man has a rep­u­ta­tion for buy­ing well at year­ling sales and ELEVEN ELEVEN is a case in point.

This un­raced two-yearold cost him $230,000 which sounds like a lot but given he’s by Fast­net Rock, he’s picked up a horse that sold for less than the ser­vice fee.

On top of that, Eleven Eleven is from the cel­e­brated Mica’s Pride fam­ily mak­ing this geld­ing a pretty close re­la­tion to Cri­te­rion and Comin’ Through.

Eleven Eleven won his trial nar­rowly last week, first one, with plenty more author­ity than the mar­gin sug­gests.

John O’Shea’s old-timer KAEPER­NICK has plenty of life left in him yet.

He seems like he been around for­ever but in say­ing that, he is only seven and has had 31 starts which is not that much re­ally.

Kaeper­nick ran sec­ond to Redzel in the Con­corde Stakes at his last start and we all know

be­came a dual Ever­est win­ner at his next start.

Kaeper­nick ran sec­ond to the Bjorn Baker-trained CLAS­SIFY in an 807m heat this time last week beaten a mere head.

Take note that Joe Pride’s KNIGHT AR­ROW was eighth of nine in this same heat but is a huge chance of win­ning when he steps out very soon.

Still on Pride, there was plenty to like about the re­spec­tive ef­forts of WAR DECK and JAZETTE, both un­raced three-year- old’s.

War Deck was three length fourth to Nordicus while Jazette, Peter and Wendy Mo­ran’s Fast­net Rock sis­ter to Clus­ter, was a length a quar­ter fifth to WINSPEAR who was ter­rific win­ning the heat.

TANGO RAIN used his patent pace and speed to best ef­fect win­ning his heat by nearly three lengths ahead of PIRACY and the afore­men­tioned Monte Ditto.

Apart from Clas­sify and Piracy, James Cum­mings tri­alled some lovely horses not least the un­raced three­yearold filly KYLIX who is straight off Lonhro assem­bly line.

There was also a great deal to like about what Ex­ceed And Ex­cel/Pure En­ergy colt BUOY­ANCY did when fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in his heat al­beit as a rel­a­tively race-fit horse given first-up third at Kem­bla on Sep 18.

Oth­ers to fol­low from the heats are; LOLLIEPOP, FABRICATOR, RED EX­CITE­MENT, NEW TIP­PER­ARY and TAHSIN.

Kaeper­nick tri­alled well at War­wick Farm last week. Pic: Grant Guy

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