Unraced brigade were to the fore
THE Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott training partnership produced six winners of the 21 heats at Gosford trials last Wednesday and all are unraced.
First cab off the rank in a 1200m Heat was POINT OF HONOUR (4YO Dalakhani x Duel At Daybreak) and the grey made the running before clinging on for a narrow win over OUR CENTURY.
The runner up has a Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup trophy on the mantelpiece so that adds merit to the performance of
winner. Ten minutes later over the same distance, MAYBACH, a three year old brother to Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper winner and star sire Sebring defeated stablemate VALENTINE in a stirring finish.
Fourth to clock in was BRIGID OF KILDARE (4YO Street Cry x St Kiara) and the mare had quite a bit in reserve.
THUNDER PACE ( 3YO I Am Invincible x Monlight Music) controlled affairs from the front in a Maiden (1000m) division and the blinkered colt showed nice turn of hoof over the latter stages.
Plaudits to runner up DEFEAT who is progressing nicely for his second campaign.
Another 1000m followed and the juggernaut rolled on with LIGHT EXCEED (3YO Exceed And Excel x Mysterious Light) dominating from the jump and the bay filly with a half blaze seemed to have tad in reserve.
Second placegetter ACCOUNTANT only has a Canberra placing to his credit but he impressed over the final stages.
Over to the two-yearolds and first 800m heat was taken out by SINGLE BLONDE (Not A Single Doubt x Regrowth) who sat outside the leader BRAZENPINE ( Brazen Beau x Johannapine) before edging clear late.
Both fillies were not put under any pressure and do appear future prospects.
The sixth winner for Waterhouse and Bott yard was CZARSON ( Stratum x Wobbly Boots) he and runner up, REJINSKY ( Redoute’s x Molto Bene) had a full on battle from the 600m hence the hot time of 48.12 (34.48).
Both youngsters were given solid tests but that was the second fastest 800m of marathon session.
And the horse who clocked the 48.02 was LAND OF FREEDOM who mentioned in this column after winning an Open Wyong trial a fortnight earlier.
The 2017 Sandown winner is absolutely flying and if he brings that form to the races, it’s game over.
POSTMASTER GENERAL has been out of form in Queensland but won the previous heat, however, honourable mentions to BOYER (third) and ENVY OF ALL (fourth).
Other Open trial performances to note were – BALLISTICA, CHOICE LARGO, DESIGNER, MAID, LADY OF SHALOTT and STAR CROSSED.
Earlier in the day, the Kris Lees stable had a running double in with Orbis Bloodstock debutants ADIPSON and INTREPIDUS.
Adipson (G. So You Think x Reglisse) was having his fifth trial spread over two campaigns while Intrepidus (G. All Too Hard x Miss Fearless) has followed a similar path since April.
Others to follow from the day: HIDDEN HILLS, SIZZLED, MR PIQUET, BULLET RAIDERS, SIR PLUSH and TAINTED AFFAIR.