Star’s quar tet signal readiness for a wet winter
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