As is the case most of the year, it was a busy week at the trials and jumpouts across Australia as the Spring Carnival is upon us, with some progressive types stepping out in readiness for their campaigns.
I’ve looked at the available trials and jumpouts for the week and have come up with a few to follow heading forward over the next few weeks.
Saturday August 10
Doomben: Allena R3 – Definitely worth a throw at the stumps e/w at $20+
Flemington: Jumbo Ozaki R3 – I think only bad luck will beat him
Flemington: Bassett R6 – His best is good enough and has been given a good grounding
Rosehill: Cardiff R5 – Tough ask fresh, but trial win was good
Rosehill: Superium R5 – I can’t believe he’s $12+. He’s flying.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Monday August 5 (Gosford): Liked the way Versetto won Heat 6 for Bjorn Baker. This gelding hasn’t raced for 13 months, but looks to have come back in good order if this trial win is any guide, leading all the way, bolting up and running the fastest time of the morning. The standout of the morning was clearly Asiago in Heat 11. Don’t think she’ll be a maiden for much longer. Loved the way she closed off under a hold from J Mac and if placed right, she’ll be winning her maiden.
To view the Gosford trials click here.
Tuesday August 6 (Rosehill): Heat 2 saw some big boys and girls step out. The two I want to mention are Night’s Watch and Verry Elleegant. Night’s Watch was a bit disappointing in the Autumn but really liked the way he found the line in this trial. Hopefully they keep him to 1600m-1800m this prep. 2000m+ at the top level sees him out. Verry Elleegant didn’t set the world on fire re a flashing light, but the big tick was that she relaxed and J Mac said as much after the trial. I’m really keen on her this Spring. She’s my early Cox Plate pick.
To view the Rosehill trials click here.
Friday August 9 (Warwick Farm): Stevie Wonder called me and said “Did you see the trial of Cascadian!?”. Heat 7 saw the French galloper have his first public appearance in Australia and gee he created an impression. Tucked in behind the speed and was absolutely trucking, climbing all over their backs late, full of running. Not sure what the plan is with this son of New Approach, but he looks a very good horse.
To view the Warwick Farm trials click here.
Monday August 5 (Cranbourne): Busy set of trials, but the one that stood out and caught my eye was the old boy Mighty Lucky, who was formerly with Fred Cowell but is now at Cranbourne under the care of Nathan McPherson. He contested the opening heat of the morning alongside the likes of Gailo Chop and Sikandarabad and I just loved the way he trucked in behind them. Easily the best he’s trialled throughout his career. Not sure what races are in store for this bloke but I reckon a win or two certainly wouldn’t shock this time in.
To view the Cranbourne trials click here.
Tuesday August 6 (Morphettville): Solid set of jumpouts at Morphettville on Tuesday with two very good gallopers standing out, the first of which was Dalasan in Heat 3. He’s a horse who I think can easily measure up to races like the Caulfield Guineas and Victoria Derby. He sat on speed in this jumpout under Raquel Clark and when clicked up, he responded nicely and was given a good hitout in readiness for his return. The other impressive performer of the morning was Schilldora in Heat 8. She’s a Stakes class mare for the Jolly team and looks tuned up for a good Spring based on this win, bolting up in leading throughout under Jake Toeroek.
To view the Morphettville jumpouts click here.
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