Youngsters on show at the trials
A POTENTIAL Magic Millions two-year- old Classic winner and two other genuine Golden Slipper types made last Tuesday’s barrier trials at Canterbury something way beyond the ordinary.
Let’s start with the Gold Coast bound ELEVEN ELEVEN from the Greg Hickman stable.
Readers of this column may remember we highlighted the son of Fastnet Rock after his sensational heat win at Warwick Farm on October 23.
The $200,000 purchase ran over the top of them to win that day, this time he led (with blinkers on) and ran away from them to win ears pricked, eased down, no sweat. His is extremely high class. That said, so too are those Golden Slipper types, namely CARDIFF and TASSORT.
If you think we are going off a bit early declaring these two colts are Slipper chances, bear in mind that Cardiff is on the second line of betting to win race at $26 while Tassort $51.
Both colts got a hearty mention after their respective first trials – Tassort won by five and a half lengths at Warwick Farm while Cardiff about that margin there a few weeks earlier.
The pair contested the same the heat last Tuesday and it was Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel colt Cardiff who was three a quarter lengths ahead of Tassort ( half to Astern/Alize/ Mogador) at the finish.
Knowing how good Tassort is, Cardiff’s performance needs to be marked up another two or three rungs.
Third across the line in the Cardiff heat was STRASBOURG, an I Am Invincible colt who was sold for $750,000 at the Easter Sales. Cardiff, I should have mentioned was $ 600,000 at the same sale.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Strasbourg certainly earned himself a big tick for the effort – what are the chances of running into two smashing colts like Cardiff and Tassort in the same heat!
The colours of Melbourne Cup winner Delta Blues were worn by Heat 2 winner, RE
EDIT, from the Chris Waller stable.
Re Edit, a $ 340,000 Easter yearling, is one of the purists, pedigree-wise.
She has a rare 3 X 3 double cross of Sadler’s Wells via his sons Montjeu and High Chaparral.
On top of that, Re Edit’s dam, So Divine, is a Group 3 placed sister to VRC Derby winner Monaco Consul, the next dam is a half-sister to Military Plume.
Re Edit – the first crop daughter of Camelot – has that little bit quality to her, a mile to 2400m is her go.
Fourth over the line behind Re Edit was Mark Newnham’s
ON THE TOP who we have been spruiking all career long.
Don’t be troubled by his record of 2s 0- 0- 0, the son of Your Song is clearly so much better than that and will prove that as soon as he gets to the races this (new) campaign.
Speaking of 2s 0- 0- 0, that is precisely the current C.V shared by MULBERRY WALK who trials like a Group 1 winner but has been quite awful in her two runs.
Awful is the way her backers would have felt when she ran fifth of six on debut at Hawkesbury at the rather prohibitive odds $1.24.
The reason she was ‘fiveson’ or thereabouts is two-fold really, one won a trial like a champion in the lead-up and second, she is half-sister to Chautauqua.
We’ve been burnt before with Mulberry Walk but truly, if she runs up to her trial win last week, she would be overs at $1.24.
Edward O’Rourke trialled a nice two-year- old filly by the name of SAMPHIRE HOE who was quite an easy length and a half winner of her 900m heat.
Her previous two trials were in very deep heats behind the likes of Mayaaseh, Evening Slippers and Espanniyah.
O’Rourke-trained filly EVELEIGH was also impressive when finishing a nose second in her 900m heat.
Ron Quinton would have been absolutely over the moon with the trial of his promising three-year- old gelding named LJUNGBERG who wears the colours of his remarkable sire, I Am Invincible.
Ljungberg was tearing home over the last bit to finish a three- quarter length second to HOSTWIN SATURN who would have been runner-up and not the winner in another few strides such was the finishing speed of Quinton’s horse.
Our others from last Tuesday’s heats to note are; LEGERITY, GRESHAM, SNIPPETSPEED, PICARO and SIR BACCHUS. HOOFNOTE: BALL OF MUSCLE winner of Heat 1 last Tuesday bled and is now at the beginning a mandatory 3-month racing ban while SEASONS (third in Heat 10) won at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday.
Gresham is one to follow from last week’s Canterbury trials.