Rosina impresses ahead of return
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