Safado the one to follow from trials
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