Steeped in Valour
Colt’s impressive Kiwi form a sign of things to come
QUEENSLAND bound colt HEROIC VALOUR looks set to extend the dominance of New Zealand bred three-year-olds after a lovely hit out in a Hawkesbury trial on Monday morning.
The Te Akau Racing son of Fastnet Rock (and half-brother to Doncaster winner Triple Honour) finished 5.1-lens third in his 1000m trial but bear in mind the winner, MAGNAJOY, won by 4.6-lens and Heroic Valour was ostensibly untouched.
Valour’s NZ form is superb; 10s 4-3-2 including the Group 1 Diamond Stakes at Matamata as a two-year-old. What’s doing with FABRIZIO? The horse has beaten one home at his last two starts (either side of a spell) but if you saw him trial on Monday you’d swear he’s been flying.
Granted he was never going to lose his heat, in fact he was always going to win by a margin but you can’t be anything other than f ully i mpressed with t he way this uber-handsome son of High Chaparral went about his business. D-Day approaches! Runner-up in said heat was
SIGNPOSTED, a mile to 2000m type horse from the John Thompson yard that really is going well ahead of the winter campaign.
This noted mudlark had an easy trial at Kembla on April 12 but upped the ante a tad this time when striding boldly to the line to be 2-lens astern of Fabrizio at the wire.
Let’s stay with Thompson for a while longer given that pretty much every thing he’s setting down at the trials, and race day, is going fantastic.
Three from Monday that command attention are KISSING GAME, DOMED and SPECIAL MISSILE.
Readers of a previous trial report here may recall us talking up Kissing Game on her sterling third in an 800m Kembla heat back on April 12. She’s pretty promising this one. A couple more Kembla triallers who went out to Hawkesbury subsequently were Matthew Smith pair YOUNG HUIT and IRISH SUCCESS.
The latter is a two-year-old gelding by Excelebration out of that wonderful producing mare Quest For Success, who has thrown eight winners from eight runners.
There is no doubt in the wide world that Irish Success will become winner number nine – probably on debut.
Peter and Paul Snowden produced the two most interesting/fascinating intriguing horses all day, all month just about – if you love pedigrees that is.
POETIC CHARMER is a Your Song out of Hoss Amor. He cost $65,000 at the sales. His half-brother by Medaglia D’oro sold last month and made a little bit more – $2.4m in fact!
Poetic Charmer went up the straight, exhibition gallop style, with stablemate and nose runnerup, SULAYMANEE – wait for his pedigree!
This son of Exceed And Excel is a grandson full-relations, namely Danehill and his sister Razzle. Pardon me but OMG. Our ‘others’ from Monday’s heats are short and sweet – RODE TO SUNDOWN, LIPIZZAN and a horse named BOBBING.
Trained on the track by Bernie Kelly, this somewhat green but seemingly rather talented unraced son of Beneteau has a big name in the family; his fourth Dam is none other than Wenona Girl.
Heroic Valour marked himself as one to follow after posting a solid third at the Hawkesbury trials