Un­raced Eng­land set to kick a goal

The Sportsman Midweek - - Inside - SHAYNE O’CASS

THERE were some big names in ac­tion at the War­wick Farm heats last Fri­day who were in some ways up­staged by an un­raced horse that only ded­i­cated trial watch­ers would be aware of.

The horse in ques­tion car­ries the noble moniker of ENG­LAND and with that also car­ried a price $ 900,000 as an Easter Year­ling pur­chase by Tom Mag­nier and Damien Flower (Jadeskye).

Eng­land, of­fi­cially cat­e­go­rized as a ‘rig’ by Rac­ing Aus­tralia and AAP, is trained by Chris Waller and won a trial back in April.

That was a fine ef­fort but this last one bril­liant. He slow out and sec­ond

at the 600m but threaded his way through a tight spot to win bang on the line. He must have a good head on his shoul­ders to pull that off.

Eng­land is bred to be a multi mil­lion dol­lar stal­lion if he makes the grade be­ing very typ­i­cal son of Fast­net Rock out of a mare named In­glo­ri­ous who was Cham­pion three­yearold Filly in Canada in 2011.

Eng­land’s first three dams are all stakes win­ners.

Now to those afore­men­tioned ‘big names’ who went around in Heat 1 set aside for the Group 1 and Group 2 horses over 800m.

There was 20-lens first to last by virtue of the pres­ence of Syd­ney’s fastest horse, SU­PER TOO, then no chasers – well, part from IN­VIN­CI­BLE STAR who ac­tu­ally got her head down a nos­tril in front of the Marc Con­ners-trained filly bang on the line.

In­vin­ci­ble Star is clearly a very, very tal­ented filly, not least for the fact that she was 0.2-lens sec­ond to Mer­chant

Navy in the Cool­more Stud at her last start and we all know what win­ner has done since.

But all in all, we can report noth­ing of note for those be­hind namely PIERATA (who is go­ing well we must say) then D’AR­GENTO, ALIZEE, LUVALUVA, SIN­GLE GAZE, PATRICK ERIN and LIBRAN.

All bar Pierata were min­i­mum 12-lens off the win­ner.

Heat 9 was an­other im­por­tant marker from a spring car­ni­val point of view and it turned out to be rolled-gold ex­hi­bi­tion gal­lop be­tween the win­ner SANDBAR and 0.3-lens run­ner-up SAN­TOS.

Nei­ther was floored, both were ship-shape.

Bjorn Baker must have a race picked out for CELOSIA to re­turn in very shortly.

This daugh­ter of I Am In­vin­ci­ble and P J Bell win­ner Rich Me­gadale won a Rose­hill heat on Jul 9 back­ing that up with an even more im­pres­sive win this time.

There is cer­tainly enough praise to go around to lav­ish on the placeget­ters in Heat 12 namely FRUS­TRATED, UMI ZOUMI and AL­TAIR, the $ 510,000 Magic Mil­lions year­ling by Zous­tar, but we re­ally want to sin­gle out the fourth placed RANIER from the Godol­phin camp.

The son of Lonhro and Kan­zan wasn’t seen post his nose sec­ond on de­but in the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial (1000m) at Flem­ing­ton on Oct 7.

He reap­peared at ‘the Farm’ on Jul 6 win­ning an 804m trial in good style. This time around, he was 2.7-lens off the win­ner but get­ting home with real pur­pose.

Let’s stay with the James Cum­mings sta­ble to high­light AVILIUS, CRIS­TO­BAL, NANDA DEVI, SOOTH­ING and PIRACY who were all fine dandy.

The two of the above that most wouldn’t know well is Nanda Devi given she is an un­raced two-year- old filly whilst Avilius is a very well cre­den­tialled GB-bred, French stakewin­ner.

Avilius is a son of Piv­otal and a full brother to French Group 2 win­ner Saint Bau­dolino

and a half to French Listed win­ner Army Bul­letin.

Avilius’ own stakes-win was on de­but in a Listed race over 2000m at Maisons-Laf­fitte An­zac day 2017.

Heat 4 was the deepest heat be­sides the opener of course – we found merit in the first four across line namely THE DRAKE, FANNING, CON­DOR HE­ROES and MISS QUE.

Per­haps the one worth ex­pand­ing upon is Con­dor He­roes who led by 10-lens at one point in his last trial win which he was about four (eased right down).

This time he off pace and get­ting to line deluxe to be beaten 1.4-lens.

It will be ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing to see how and where he goes this spring when he’ll race as a four-year- old post Au­gust 1.

Our oth­ers to fol­low from last week’s heats are SHOW A STAR, RIGHT­EOUS­NESS, LIGHT CHARGE and the un­raced pair of RE­CON­SIDER and HYLONOME who were just great at this, their first re­spec­tive tri­als.

In­vin­ci­ble Star (red) tri­alled well at War­wick Farm last week.

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