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Barrier Trials South Australia - latest blackbookers from the SA barrier trials

  • South Australian Barrier Trial Blackbookers

Our South Australian racing expert will keep you up to date with all the horses to follow from the SA barrier trials.

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While some horses may be flying at the trials and stand out to everyone, some good runs are often hidden among the also rans and our expert will pinpoint those runners so you can capitalise when they hit the racetrack.

Here are some horses to put in the blackbook:

Morphettville Barrier Trials – November 22

Track condition: Soft 5

Trial 2 (1000m) 1:00.84
BEHEMOTH was an impressive first-up winner at Morphettville on Melbourne Cup Day and has subsequently been given a very easy trial where he settled off the pace, rounded them up in the straight and was eased down to win with his ears pricked. This was winning work from the David Jolly-trained son of All Too Hard and he can go on with the job. 

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:01.54
This was the second trial this preparation for the Phillip Stokes-trained LADY OF CREBILLY, and while the overall time was slow, she did enough to suggest she’s back on track after a disappointing campaign last time. She settled at the rear and travelled three wide without cover in the five-horse field, and while Quiddick had a big lead in the straight, Lady Of Crebilly wound up under her own steam and was first past the post. She goes well fresh and can be followed first-up in a suitable event.

Trial 8 (1000m) 1:01.86
Gary Searle’s three-year-old gelding, SIR JOHNSON, had absolutely no idea what he was doing when finishing 7.5 lengths from Belzella on debut, but he was clearly open to a stack of improvement. He got the blinkers for this barrier trial and looked much better as she settled off the speed and took over at the top of the straight to win comfortably. He still needs to learn but should be able to pick up a race or two this time in.

Trial 12 (1000m) 1:01.42
OUR BENEVENTO has been runner-up in two of four runs and looks to have come back in good order leading all the way to win the final trial of the day. Jamie Kah was aboard for the trial and if she sticks with Our Benevento first-up, that should be a good indicator of how well the mare is going. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Behemoth
Lady Of Crebilly
Sir Johnson
Our Benevento


Morphettville Barrier Trials – August 23 

Track condition: Soft 5

Trial 1 (1000m) 01:01.540
The opening trial was quite competitive, so it was no surprise that this was one of the quickest heats of the morning. It was also no surprise to see the class runners, VINLAND and ÉCLAIR CALLING, produce eye-catching performances. Vinland was cruising in behind them and did his best work late when clear, while Éclair Calling came from well back and made up good ground to dead-heat for 2nd. Both horses may need a run or two but can followed this campaign. 

Trial 3 (1000m) 01:04.860
Very slow time in this quality heat, but two can be followed. Phillip Stokes’ ASSERTIVE PLAY has come on from her first barrier trial, and she seems to be responding well to the bubble cheeker to help her go straight. She’s on a Thousand Guineas path, and while I think her stablemate Music Bay is a cut above, this filly has won both starts to date and must be respected. I’m a big fan of GYTRASH and he simply brained them first-up after an outstanding barrier trial prior to that run. He overraced with the slow early tempo here, but when clear, he looked like the best horse in the trial as he dived through to grab 2nd. 

Trial 4 (1000m) 01:02.910
Tony McEvoy produced an unraced three-year-old filly by the name of MAGIC SUNSET, and she looks to have a nice turn of foot and should have no trouble breaking through in the right race. The daughter of Fighting Sun settled beautifully in behind the speed, and although Jamie Kah had a strong hold of her in the straight, she towed herself past the leader to score. 

Trial 5 (1000m) 01:01.180
Then word around the stables is Dan Clarken and Oopy MacGillivray have a real jet on their hands, and if METRO TRAMP’s trial was anything to go by, the whispers are right. The Unencumbered filly led and was collared near the line by Assertive Play in her first public trial, and after an 11-week let-up, she led in a trial at Gawler and was outgunned late by some very smart ones. However, she couldn’t have impressed more in Thursday’s trials, and after speeding across to lead from a wide barrier, she booted 10 lengths clear in the straight and looked to be doing it very easy. 

Trial 6 (1000m) 01:01.190
This heat was nearly as quick as the previous, and it was the McEvoy-trained MUTHEERA that impressed most. The Al Maher filly has shown some versatility in both trials so far, winning from on pace and then winning from well off the pace, and that’s a handy trick to have in the arsenal bag. She’s bred to get out over a trip and it will be worth following her this preparation. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Vinland
Eclair Calling
Assertive Play
Gytrash
Magic Sunset
Metro Tramp
Mutheera

Gawler Barrier Trials – August 10

Track condition: Soft 5

Trial 1 (1000m) 1:00.56
This was by far the quickest heat of the morning, so it may pay to follow the form out of this trial.
Mile High and It’s Time For Magic came away to fight it out under riding throughout the straight, but it was the 3rd placed WITH A BIT OF DASH that did it easiest and just cruised to the line to finish 4.7 lengths from the winner while also finishing six lengths in front of the 4th horse. This mare impressed in a trial last time in and only just missed when first-up over 1250m, but she resumed with a rating of 74, and after a few disappointing runs last campaign, her rating has dropped to 67 which will enable her to find an easier first-up assignment.

Trial 2 (1000m) 1:01.98
This heat was run some nine lengths slower than the first heat, but the winner, STEEL FROST, was never off the bridle and simply dominated out in front to score by 3.5 lengths. He was arguably the classiest runner to go around all morning, but I was also impressed with the 3rd horse, DEBT COLLECTOR, who was given a soft hit-out and looks to have come back in good order. He’ll be eligible for much easier races than Steel Frost, and he should sprint well fresh. 

Trial 3 (1000m) 1:01.69
IT’S A MYTH is still a maiden after eight starts, but the daughter of Sepoy has placed on six occasions including two at Group and Listed level. She was given an easy time and finished back in 6th place, but she impressed most and can break through this time. It will be interesting to see if trainer Phillip Stokes drops her back to maiden grade for an easy kill, or will he go for the throat with something strong in town.

Trial 8 (1000m) 1:02.81
Another magnificent piece of work from the Stokes-trained MUSIC BAY. I’ve got a lot of time for this daughter of Choisir and think she will measure up in Melbourne during the spring. She impressed with two trials as a two-year-old before winning on debut and then finishing an unlucky runner-up in the Dequettville Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville. She settled rearward in this heat and swung 10 wide on the turn before letting rip down the outside under her own stream. She looked to be going quarter pace and has clearly come back in great order. I can’t wait to see what she can do as a bigger, stronger three-year-old filly. 

Trial 11 (1000m) 1:03.27
We may need to be cautious with this one as she has a habit of trialling well and then disappointing on race day. However, the David Jolly-trained STREETCAR EXPRESS led throughout to score comfortably while the others where pushed out hard to chase. The time was slow, but the track did deteriorate, and horses started to get wider and wider as the morning progressed. She clearly has ability and looks set to show it as a lightly-raced four-year-old mare. 

BLACKBOOKERS
With A Bit Of Dash
Steel Frost
Debt Collector
It’s A Myth
Music Bay
Streetcar Express

Morphettville - July 19


Trial 2 (1000m) 1:00.12
It was no surprise to see SUNLIGHT winning this heat, but she did it so effortlessly and looks to have come back in great order. As if made to order, Chevite was pushed out hard to lead and was niggled along throughout to set a good tempo for Sunlight. The Tony McEvoy-trained filly settled on the outside of the leader and strolled to the front early in straight before kicking clear under soft hands and heels riding. Time was good, and she clearly had plenty more to offer. 

Trial 3 (1000m) 1:01.00
Another impressive trial from a McEvoy-trained filly with LAKE DISTRICT GIRL leading all the way for a very soft win. At her second start, she tried to lead all the way in the Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) but was run down by subsequent Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Enbihaar, Golden Slipper and Sire’s Produce runner-up Oohood and Champagne Stakes winner Seabrook. That’s some pretty hot form, and there is no doubt this filly has some class considering she finished within a length of that trio.

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:00.10
The quickest heat, and arguably the most impressive trial of the morning went to the Gordon Richards-trained GYTRASH. This two-year-old Lope De Vega gelding debuted with a 2nd placing over 1100m but then dropped back to 1000m and scored an upset win before again failing over 1100m when he was caught three wide without cover. He jumped well in the trial and soon drove through to lead, but unlike the previous two heat winners who strolled out and where never under pressure, Gytrash was actually hard held over the concluding stages and could have gone quicker at an even gallop. He’ll be winning this campaign. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Sunlight
Lake District Girl
Gytrash

Morphettville - June 21


Trial 1 (1000m) 1:00.16
This was by far the quickest heat of the morning and it was the Phillip Stokes-trained NODOUBTABOUTIT that impressed most. The daughter of Good Journey settled just behind the speed and took over on the turn before cruising to an easy victory over the former Chris Waller-trained Its Time For Magic who is now under the guidance of Will Clarken and had race fitness on her side. Nodoubtaboutit has a great fresh record and she’ll be hard to beat first-up over 1000m.

Trial 2 (1000m) 1:01.37
A very soft trial for the Richard Jolly-prepared HAZY LANE who finished 2nd and was under a strong hold going to the line. This was a near identical performance to her trial last campaign before she scored first-up in BM64 company and then won a BM82 a couple of starts later. She’s come back in top order and has some wins in store this preparation. 

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:01.08
Lloyd Kennewell’s LA POMME DE PIN was eased down to a canter in the last 200m and still scored by three lengths in handy time. The I Am Invincible filly was outstanding winning the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic (1000m) on a Soft 7 last campaign before disappointing next start and going for a spell. She ticks the wet track box, has strengthened up looks to have come back in great shape.

Trial 5 (1000m) 1:01.33
These 2YOs simply couldn’t go with the Tony McEvoy-trained VIETTI as the daughter of I Am Invincible cruised to a three-length victory and was never out of second gear. She’s nominated for Morphettville on Saturday and it will take a smart one to beat her.

BLACKBOOKERS:
Nodoubtaboutit
Hazy Lane
Le Pomme de Pin
Vietti




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