Safado the one to fol­low from tri­als

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - ALAN GOLLOGLY

NEW­CAS­TLE hosted ten 900m bar­rier tri­als on the Course Proper (11m out) last Thurs­day and the opener saw star of

ses­sion in SAFADO. I gave him an hon­ourable men­tion after his Gos­ford trial ten days ear­lier and he didn’t dis­ap­point me.

The son of Lonhro set­tled a cou­ple lengths off pace be­fore hook­ing four deep on the turn and jockey Serg Lis­nyy never moved on the four-yearold as he cruised to a soft one panel win.

Be­fore a spell, Safado ran sec­ond to Resin at Gos­ford in late March and that mare sub­se­quently won three metropoli­tan races.

Run­ner up in Heat 1 was the Gul­gong-trained PRESS RE­VIEW who is a Dubbo/Welling­ton win­ner last cam­paign.

She’ll be some­thing to in­vest on in a bush Class 2.

The other Open divi­sion re­sulted tight fin­ish with the now Ja­son Deamer-trained

KRAVCHENKO gain­ing the

ver­dict from MIGHTY MARMALADE and HAPPY MO. The trio are worth fol­low­ing in races with a Bench­mark 65 rat­ing while the fifth placed MILL CITY, maiden win­ner in New Zealand, was given a kind ride by the jockey.

Three heats were as­signed for the two-year- olds and THE OKAY CORRAL (C. Fast ‘N’ Fa­mous x Turbo Rose) as­serted his au­thor­ity over the lat­ter stages of Heat 3.

The leader, and run­ner-up, POTENTIA (C. Brazen Beau x Writ­ten Dash) looked home at the 200m but The Okay Corral swamped him in a fine dis­play at his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance.

RAAY OF DREAMS ( F. Dream Ahead x Hill­dale) wasn’t pres­sured in her nar­row win and she has come on since her ini­tial trial De­cem­ber 18.

The young­ster car­ries an en­try in Fri­day’s two-year- old Maiden Plate (1000m) at Tam­worth.

How­ever, the filly may strike a wor­thy op­po­nent at Tam­worth in Paul Per­ry­trained colt DODECANESE who stretched out strongly late to win in stylish fash­ion.

And what a form ref­er­ence he car­ries. Third on de­but at Gos­ford in late Novem­ber to Czarson ( Rose­hill win­ner 8/12) and Ex­hil­a­rates (sec­ond Wy­ong Magic Mil­lions 12/12).

There wasn’t any jaw drop­ping per­for­mances in the maiden di­vi­sions but those who should earn a first prize­money cheque early in 2019 are: FEAR­LESS MILA, OAKFIELD POET, JENAYA, ARROGANTE and JAMES RICHARD.

Best from the track on Satur­day were: RAIDEN, WEIGELA, BUB­BLES BALL and KANAVU while the A Team of EL DORADO DREAM­ING, FRANKLEY AWE­SOME, GRAFF, IN HER TIME, MISS FABULASS and LE ROMAIN are look­ing in mag­nif­i­cent or­der.

They will be­gin to do some stronger work in the next fort­night.

HOOFNOTE: A Happy, Healthy and Pros­per­ous New Year to all read­ers. Keep back­ing win­ners.

Horse fol­low in 2019 – GRAFF.

Raiden has been work­ing well on the track ahead of his next as­sign­ment. Pic: Grant Guy

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