Steeped in Val­our

Colt’s im­pres­sive Kiwi form a sign of things to come

The Sportsman Weekend - - Friday Night Races - By SHAYNE O’CASS

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

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