Glamourous grey cruising to Oaks
YOU would go a long way back in your memory to recall a better trial than what GREYSFUL GLAMOUR turned in at the Warwick Farm heats last Monday morning.
Race fit or not, the Mark Newnham-trained filly was unbelievable.
The VRC Oaks bound grey won the Trial at Flemington by three and a quarter lengths on September 28, so is in career best shape.
Even so, the way she hit the line when third in the 1200m heat was beyond perfect.
On to the two-year-olds’s and we saw a lovely bunch of youngsters, not least the Newhaven Park/Peter Moody coowned PARIS.
The Clarry Conners trained daughter of Snitzel is a halfsister to former Champion Two-Year-Old and recently retired English.
Paris was a quarter length runner-up in her heat to ANAHEED who more than franked the form with a bullish win in
Lonhro Plate on Everest day. Make no mistake, Paris was every bit as good in the heat as Anahaad so look out.
John O’Shea is training winners at a fabulous rate at present and it won’t be long before he adds INTREPIDACIOUS to his tally.
She has a tie-in to the aforementioned Anaheed – given that her (Intrepedacious’) dam is a daughter of Rostova, Anaheed’s mum.
This filly by Shooting To Win bolted clear over the last 100m to win her heat by a widening two lengths.
The way she hit the line was extraordinary.
Ditto the Gary Portellitrained, Ben Melham-ridden and Darby Bloodstock-owned
TIME TO REIGN, who as his name suggests is a half to their Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.
A $ 325,000 yearling son of Time For War, Time To Reign won his heat by over three lengths and clearly relished the heavy 8 track not unlike his sibling did.
The big run behind the winner was BIVOUAC, a James Cummings-trained son of Exceed And Excel and Dazzler.
It was fascinating to see how much made of Bivouac after the post, she was going as quick a good 50m after the finish of heat as in preceding 50m.
Bivouac is a granddaughter of Darley’s epic broodmare Camarilla who is the dam of Guelph (mother of Encryption) and Ghibellines.
Let’s stay with Godolphin for a bit longer now because they threw up a heap of coming winners from these heats.
TANIKO won the heat that EPIDEMIC was a great third in, the same one that SPECTROSCOPE clocked in fifth.
Taniko does look to be flying and can win fresh-up into the new campaign.
Street Cry son MARSUPIAL was fantastic winning his heat.
He just ambled up under Tye Angland and won by a nose but with panels of authority.
Fifth over the line and a mere two and a quarter lengths back was SO MAGIC,
Denise’s Joy direct descendant trained by Jason Coyle.
This chestnut replica of Magic Albert was a great third in a Sep 24 heat at Warwick Farm and add in this effort, and we can safely predict a bold first-up bid from the Esplin family-owned mare.
Back to Cummings again to highlight BEWARE who was excellent in beating the Joe Pride-trained KNIGHT ARROW who was likewise rather impressive.
Stablemate EVICT is a very handsome son of Sepoy and won the final heat on the morning beating LOLLIPOP who was terrific and could easily win a provincial race some time very soon.
One more from the Royal Blue army, RESTRAINED, an unraced Lonhro threeyear-old gelding whose dam,
Moderate, won four of her five starts including a Listed win at Flemington.
Two horses that we are super keen on backing when they appear are the Portelli-trained RONSTAR and the Coyletrained BELLE OF CLONMEL.
They looked to be absolutely cherry ripe ahead their respective returns and I would go as far to say that Ronstar is borderline ‘good thing’ anywhere he goes.
Keep in mind that he beat $1.7m yearling and hugely exciting colt Diplomatico on debut. Get on.
Our others to follow from last week’s trials are DABSTER and BENFICA MAID, both from Camp Coyle, as well as Richard Freedman’s OCEAN DASH and finally the blue blood MANDALONG ONE UP.
This Gary Nickson-trained filly is a grey daughter Tapit (naturally) out of a stakes-winning USA mare.
No wonder she cost $700,000 at the Sydney yearling sales. It would have a million at Keeneland.
The Mark Newham-trained Greysful Glamour turned plenty of heads in her Warwick Farm trial.