Miller has Jewel of a young­ster

The Sportsman Weekend - - Bar­rier Trial & Jump Out Re­ports - By RAY HICK­SON

TRAINER Si­mon Miller is rarely short of a smart twoyear-old and he might have a good one on his hands in OCEAN JEWEL.

The Ocean Park filly made short work of her 1000m trial at Bel­mont on Mon­day, show­ing she’s come since her only other pub­lic ap­pear­ance back in Jan­uary where he won a 400m scam­per.

She sat off the pace in her heat, cruised past lead­ers with a fur­long left and raced nicely clear late.

Another filly to catch the eye was PEARL TRADE, beaten as a $2.70 chance at her de­but back in Fe­bru­ary, whose al­most five length win may have been even better than it looked.

She set­tled last and was pulling then strode around the field to hit the lead on turn and dashed clear, with a cou­ple of re­minders. AL CAP­I­TANO prob­a­bly should have won his heat by more than half a length after he was badly bailed up and lost mo­men­tum be­fore re­cov­er­ing to win.

This colt had a cou­ple of tri­als back in De­cem­ber but this one was su­pe­rior. Black­fri­ars geld­ing NOIR DE

RUE hit the line down the out­side late for third in his first trial at 1000m.

The 1000m open trial fea­tur­ing VEUVE DE VEGA, VALDERI VALDERA and BADGE OF COURAGE might prove to be a strong one go­ing for­ward.

It’s sur­pris­ing that Veuve De Vega has only won one race but he taken on some handy three-year-olds and he looked strong edg­ing away late to win.

Valderi Valdera is an hon­est sprint­ing mare who led the trial and stayed on well while Badge Of Courage is a lightly raced three-year-old and he fin­ished the heat off in good style late.

Ex-Syd­ney gal­loper APOLLO ran sec­ond in a blan­ket fin­ish to his first WA trial after be­ing blocked for runs for much of the straight. TOW ROPE is at risk of be­ing a bar­rier trial cham­pion after tak­ing out his fourth trial, very nicely, from five at­tempts.

He’s only had the one start to date, in Septem­ber, and beat one home. LADY LATTE is a bit of a late starter, be­ing four, but she was dom­i­nant and showed nice turn of foot in tak­ing out her first trial since De­cem­ber.

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