Rain­ing pur­ple

Star’s quar tet sig­nal readi­ness for a wet win­ter

The Sportsman Weekend - - Bar­rier Trial & Jump Out Re­ports - Shayne O'Cass

DENISE Martin’s fa­mil­iar pur­ple and white colours crossed the line the first four times at Tues­day morn­ing’s Rose­hill tri­als with a quar­tet of horses that won’t mind a wet win­ter, it seems, given the 14 heats were run on a heavy 9, and a choppy one at that.

High among the Star Thor­ough­bred/Chris Waller four­some was spring­time ATC Kirkham Stakes win­ner LUIZA who was put aside af­ter her fourth in the Inglis Ban­ner on Cox Plate day.

The daugh­ter of I Am In­vin­ci­ble led through­out (as ex­pected) to win her 900m heat by a neat half-length.

An­other of the team’s twoyear-old brigade that shone was GRESH­MAN who won his trial, a far cry from his some­what dis­ap­point­ing de­but in a Gos­ford maid- en back on the last days of 2016.

Ku­dos to So You Think two-yearold CAL­CU­LATED on the score of his length win his heat also over the 900m.

He has al­ways shown slightly above av­er­age tal­ent and, given his breed­ing, time will bear that out.

Of the Star Thor­ough­bred three­year-olds NOIRE ex­celled, granted race fit­ness would no doubt have aided her per­for­mance but she’s start­ing to put to­gether quite a solid lit­tle C.V be­ing 4s 1-2-0-1 (the fourth Test The World).

Away from Martin, Waller had a huge morn­ing notwith­stand­ing with some tremen­dously hearty ef­forts from the likes of two-year-olds UN­FOR­GOT­TEN, SPARKY LAD, PLAY, BAL­LET BABY, YOUNG­STER and CAM­PAIGN. Given space is at a pre­mium, let’s sin­gle two out from the bunch namely Un­for­got­ten and Sparky Lad.

Sparky Lad is by Smart Mis­sile and a di­rect de­scen­dant of Lady Jakeo and looks a real prospect.

Un­for­got­ten, mean­while, is by Fast­net Rock out of Galileo mare now that’s a cross that has pro­duced no less than five Group 1 win­ners. Wow. This $360,000 Karaka Year­ling pur­chase’s grand-dam is the Nureyev mare Most Pre­cious who won a Listed race in France and was placed in two of that coun­try’s ma­jor Group 1 races.

She is also the dam of Ma­tiara who won 1s in the USA and France (the 1000 Guineas).

Four more of Waller’s to end with; Kiwi three-year-old filly re­cruit O’RACHAEL, Bonny O’Reilly’s three-year-old sis­ter DA­HOOIL, blue­blood ME­TA­MOR­PHIC (Fast­net Rock – Star Satire) and last year’s Group 3 Spring Stakes win­ner DEVIL HAWK.

Devil Hawk closed quickly to fin­ish run­ner-up in the open­ing heat be­hind the Snow­den Rac­ing mare FLIP­PANT who was rid­den out hands and heels to take the heat by 1.4-lens.

The mostly Yar­ra­man Park owned mare was last seen on Fe­bru­ary 25 fin­ish­ing third in the Group 2 ATC Guy Wal­ter Stakes (1400m) at Rand­wick be­hind Dixie Blos­soms and Zan­bagh.

An­other very ta­lented four-yearold mare on show at Rose­hill on Tues­day was ZARA BAY who won a deep heat by 0.3-lens, the best of those be­hind her was MARIQ­UITA from the Ger­ald Ryan camp.

Heat 12 saw a stylish win to the for­mer trained SUS­PENDERS (now with Brad Wid­dup) who darted up in­side of the Ryan trained THE PHAROAH mid­way up the straight go­ing onto to win by 1.3-lens. Both were very pleas­ing. Let’s end with ar­guably the most in­ter­est­ing, and im­pres­sive, tri­aller all day that is Gary Moore-trained un­raced two-yearold named AUCHEN­TOMAN.

This gelded and hand­some son of Den­man looked to be go­ing three­quar­ter pace the whole way in his trial yet still man­aged to run 55.90s which was light­ning quick on the day.

How this horse cost just $15,000 at the year­ling sale is a mys­tery given what he showed in that trial; an ac­tion!

Luiza should en­joy wet tracks this win­ter af­ter a solid show­ing on a heavy 9 at Rose­hill

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