There are several questions in racing.
One of them that always pops up concerns barrier trials.
Does trial form stand up, more specifically, does winning trial form stand up?
Form students like Tony Brassel, Mark Shean, Ron Dufficy, Paul Joice and well, me too, live by trial form.
So I’m thinking at Wyong today the quintessential answer to the age old question re winning trial form should be taken care of us.
Go to race 5.
The speedy mare Miss Antares, who has NEVER run a place in 5 starts, and who hasn’t raced for 7 months, struts her stuff with trial rider Rachel King in the saddle.
And the mare does so coming off the back of an effortless trial win where she sped to the lead from the get go, under a hold, then sat 4-off the fence and came home her last 600m in sizzling 33.60sec.
She trounced her rivals winning by nearly 9 lengths and not even blowing a candle out.
That should be, given the description of the run, good enough to win this maiden by panels of the fence today.
But if not convinced, behind her in that trial was Manicure, the winner of nearly $500,000 in stakes and who resumed from a let-up last Saturday at stakes level and was 2nd!
Surely, surely that type of trial dominance can translate to a win today.