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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:

Rosehill barrier trials – December 17

Track condition: Good 4

Trial 2 (1030m) 1:02.79
The Chris Waller-trained BLACK ON GOLD settled in last place after leaving the gates but saved ground along the inside and railed through to take the lead before being eased up well before the post. The Sebring gelding has three runs under his belt with his most recent being a 2nd to Alward in the ATC Cup (2000m), and considering he’s a fit stayer looking for ground, he looked very sharp in this heat. This is the first time since his debut run that he’s had a proper spell instead of freshen-ups, and now that he’s back up to fitness, he looks ready to win.

Trial 3 (1030m) 1:02.60
CLASSIC GAMING finished 3rd in all four starts for David Payne and is now ready to resume this preparation under the guidance of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. The lightly-raced, four-year-old Medaglia D’oro gelding came from just behind the speed to win his first trial comfortably, and then came from last on the bend to win this heat. He gobbled them up in the twinkling of an eye and really impressed with sharp change-up speed.

Trial 10 (897m) 0:53.68
Heart Of The Oak won this heat in the quickest time of the morning and defeated stablemate Covert Ops who tired late. Texas Forever and Kings Champ were pushed out to the line, but it was 5th placed WE ARE MANY that impressed most. The unraced I Am Invincible filly won her first trial and was hard held the whole way in this heat. She looked to have plenty to offer and could have gone straight past them if given some rein.

Trial 11 (897m) 0:54.33
I like what I saw from TAILLEUR in the final 100m. Trained by James Cummings, the Shooting To Win filly won a trial in January and was then off the scene for 39 weeks before finishing runner-up in two more trials. Another six weeks between runs saw her settle just behind the speed here before claiming the lead effortlessly in the final 100m. Did it with style and will be winning races.

Trial 13 (897m) 0:54.34
HOME SOIL looks set to resume from a 68-week break and has trialled nicely on two occasions. He did get on one rein and wanted to hang in a bit down the straight as he charged home from near last on the bend to win convincingly. Clearly has some ability and Chris Waller can get the best out of him.

Black On Gold
Classic Gaming
We Are Many
Home Soil

Rosehill Gardens barrier trials – August 20

Track condition: Good 4

Trial 1 (1000m) 0:58.10
Redzel won this heat in good time but it was the second placed NATURE STRIP that really impressed. The earmuffs came off for his second trial and he settled nicely behind Redzel and was climbing all over his back in the concluding stages with James McDonald keeping a tight grip on the rein. This was winning work and he looks ready to explode first-up.

Trial 2 (1000m) 1:01.00
Again, it was the second placed horse, NIGHT’S WATCH, that impressed most. Jockey Brenton Avdulla labelled him ‘airborne’ after the trial, and he was never out of second gear from the outset. Avdulla restrained him to the rear and let him sneak up along the inside on the bend before he had to be eased up behind the eventual winner Enticing Star.

Trial 3 (1030m) 1:03.69
Former West Australian-based galloper COME PLAY WITH ME is now with the Chris Waller stable, and he led throughout to win this heat effortlessly. He has great form around 2000m and was runner-up over 3200m, and to looks so sharp in a 1030m event was impressive. Follow him this campaign.

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:02.84
This was the quickest of the five 1030m heats, and PENSKE led all the way to win by six and was never tested. The son of Sebring has a great first-up record, and with two winning trial under his belt, he should be ready to go to the races.

Trial 16 (893m) 0:53.12
This was by far the quickest of the nine 893m heats with the Lee Curtis-trained IRESIGN winning by 7.3 lengths with James McDonald sitting motionless in the saddle. The son of All Too Hard looks to have come back much stronger this preparation and can certainly go one better than his runner-up effort on debut last campaign.

Nature Strip
Night’s Watch
Come Play With Me

Randwick barrier trials – August 12

Track condition: Good 4

Trial 1 (1000m) 0:58.71
They ran quick time here and there are two I want to follow from the opening heat. BALLER won the heat and was under no pressure, and he looks to have come back in great order and can fire early in sprint races. However, despite being shown the whip and clearly needing the hit-out, I like the way HAPPY CLAPPER closed off behind them to finish 1.7 lengths back in 6th. Only Winx stood between Happy Clapper and victory in his first two runs last campaign, and with the great mare out of the way, this evergreen nine-year-old gets his chance to shine.

Trial 2 (1000m) 0:59.39
I previously blackbooked Bleu Roche, but the three-year-old filly LIBERTINI, who is also in the blackbook, simply outclassed that mare here. Libertini finished just off Dawn Passage in her first trial and appeared to go better, and that colt won the Listed Rosebud last Saturday. She finished over the top of Bleu Roche here and did it well within herself. The time was slow, but she really impressed.


Trial 3 (900m) 0:52.56
Tony McEvoy’s SUNLIGHT returns as a mare and was a clear standout here. She took over from Alassio early in the straight and gapped them under her own steam, and while others closed late, Sunlight was well and truly eased down. She’s a winner and can rise to the top of the sprinting ranks this spring.

Trial 5 (1050m) 1:03.07
This was the quickest of the 1050m trials and it was another McEvoy galloper in PRETTY BRAZEN that impressed most. I blackbooked this filly from the Murray Bridge trials and she came out and won at the same track, but she’s gone to the next level and can bring this strong trial form to the racetrack in Sydney. Final Award got out of the pack and tried to launch late but Pretty Brazen was packing too much firepower and held the Canberra Guineas winner at bay.

Trial 6 (1050m) 1:03.25
Hightail won this heat and did it easily, but he’s a sprinter and should be toying with these staying types. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained CARIF came from last in the straight and got up for 2nd and looked quite sharp for a 2000m horse kicking off in a 1050m trial. The daughter of So You Think is out of Bart Cummings’ smart mare Norzita, so anything from 1600m to 2000m should be her go this spring.

Trial 10 (1050m) 1:03.47
ACUMEN is a three-year-old Exceed And Excel colt that was far from impressive finishing 3rd at Bendigo on debut, but he couldn’t have done much more here and impressed more than Pretty Brazen who won the quickest heat. Acumen was under a strong hold throughout, but he was literally eased up with 200m to go and spanked them. If he can take that form to the races, he’ll be winning.

Trial 14 (740m)
I don’t like to focus on the 740m trials but the James Cummings-prepared PALURIEN looked good. She’s a three-year-old Reset filly who is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Yavanna who was a winner over 1300m and tested at Listed level over 1600m and 1500m – so you’d expect her to continue to improve with racing and more distance. Palurien is likely to have another trial before getting to the races this campaign, so we may get a better guide on her then.

Happy Clapper
Pretty Brazen

Rosehill Gardens barrier trials – August 6

Track condition: Good 4

Trial 2 (1000m) 1:00.10
SAMADOUBT sped to the lead and looked very impressive winning this heat by 6.3 lengths in the quickest 1000m time of the morning. She was given a testing hit-out which should see her ready to go early in her campaign, and the class of horse she beat included the likes of Night’s Watch, Best Of Days, Verry Elleegant and Kings Will Dream.

Trial 5 (1030m) 1:03.39
PETRONIUS was a standout among the three-year-old and upward maiden heats as he won his heat in good time and was never under pressure. Hardedge won the previous heat in slower time and was pushed right out to win by 4.5 lengths, and just about every runner in this heat was asked for an effort to get near Petronius. James McDonald put the Redoute’s Choice colt through his paces for trainer Gary Moore, and if McDonald sticks with him when he resumes, it can only be a positive.

Trial 6 (900m) 0:55.66
Plenty of attention on this heat with NATURE STRIP and OSBORNE BULLS lining up, and both impressed for different reasons. Nature Strip settled nicely behind the speed, and if they can harness his speed a little, he could go to a new level. Osborne Bulls was doing what he does best – getting back and running on to just miss – but joking aside, it was impressive work and he should be in for a fruitful campaign.



Trial 8 (900m) 0:54.49
This was the quickest of the 900m heats and Chris Waller’s YES YES YES was a standout for mine. The Rubick colt settled beautifully off the speed and was held in a pocket for most of the straight but really challenged late under his own steam when clear. He won at Flemington and Moonee Valley before claiming the Todman Stakes at Randwick and then disappointing on the Heavy track in the Golden Slipper. He looks to have come back in tremendous order and will be a force to be reckoned with during the spring.

Trial 12 (900m) 0:54.76
I blackbooked SIR ROCKET from the Rosehill barrier trials on July 19 which was a vast improvement on his previous trial, and he just keeps getting better. The Smart Missile colt pulled his way to the lead early in the straight and was under an absolute stranglehold as he got the mouth open and wanted to go quicker to the line. Time was marginally slower than heat 8, but this colt is ready to go and will prove hard to hold out first-up.

Nature Strip
Osborne Bulls
Yes Yes Yes
Sir Rocket

Randwick barrier trials – July 30

Track rating: Soft 7 to Heavy 8

Trial 1 (900m) 0:54.32
ALIZEE was highlighted in our last edition of blackbookers but was far more impressive this time around and looks on track for a big campaign. Hugh Bowman partnered her again and just let her stride up under her own steam in the straight to easily put away her trial rivals. She won the Christmas Classic (1200m) with a big weight when first-up last campaign before another trial and consecutive wins in the Expressway Stakes (1200m) and Futurity Stakes (1400m). The Everest looms as a target this preparation and she can pick up a few races on the way.

Trial 2 (900m) 0:55.00
Dawn Passage won this heat, and while he wasn’t pushed out, he was let stride and tried to stretch his neck out. My Xpression also impressed in 3rd, but it was Anthony Cummings’ I Am Invincible filly, LIBERTINI, that impressed most. She went to the line with her head on her chest and had plenty to offer. She was 2nd to Bivouac on debut in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) before winning a maiden at Randwick and then the Listed Woodlands Stakes. This filly looks to have really strengthened up during her break and I’m keen to see what she can do in the spring.

Trial 3 (1200m) 1:14.68
This was a nice piece of work from the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained WOLFE who finished 3rd behind stablemates Scholarly and Fabrizio. He settled last in the trial, travelled widest on the bend and finished best under the least pressure. He was sent into a 1400m race at Randwick first-up without a trial last campaign and was runner-up before winning two in a row over 1900m and 2000m. He’s had two trials this time and looks ready to go.

Trial 6 (1050m) 1:04.43
ANAHEED won in the second quickest 1050m time of the morning and was under a stranglehold as she cruised to the line to win by two lengths. She won the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) when fresh last campaign and also claimed the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at the end of her prep. Can fire fresh and has come back in great order.

Trial 10 (735m) 0:43.95
It’s rare that I’ll blackbook a horse that finishes near last, but it was the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained BLEU ROCHE that really caught the eye here. Formerly with Mornington-based trainer Matt Laurie, the daughter of Fastnet Rock was having her first outing for the new camp and was partnered by James McDonald which indicates she has shown something. She was hardly travelling early, and McDonald even looked around to see if her action was ok before she started to pick up in the straight and really hit the line before being eased up. She was a distant last in the PJ Bell Stakes on a Soft 7 and may not have handled the Heavy 8 in the trial. I’d prefer to see her on a firmer track where she can really let rip in the straight. We could get a nice price first-up as I think she’ll go relatively unnoticed in the trial.

Bleu Roche

Rosehill Gardens barrier trials July 19

Track condition: Soft 5

Trial 1 (900m) 0:55.60
The opening heat didn’t disappoint with multiple topliners strutting their stuff as they gear up for the spring carnival. Godolphin had six of the eight runners and it was really hard to get a guide on how each is going. Hartnell was probably the least impressive of them and will need more time, but it was ALIZEE that impressed most with what she did after the line. She was under a strong hold throughout and travelled right behind the speed comfortably, and once they passed the line, she switched off heels and strolled past the heat winner Meryl.

Trial 3 (1030m) 1:02.90
Glen Boss put two-year-old Street Boss gelding HOSTWIN EUPHORIA who chased down the tearaway leader before being eased up to win comfortably. Trainer Gary Moore has been patient with the youngster and gave him a trial in December 2018 where he showed nothing. He was put away for 14 weeks before another two trials in April this year where the addition of blinkers saw him lead to win the first trial and then lead and finish 2nd to California Zimbol who was runner-up at Listed level. Blinkers remained on for this trial and I was impressed with how he chased. Looks ready to go now and would be suited over 1200m to 1400m first-up.

Trial 4 (1030m) 1:03.52
Quite a dull barrier trial for the first 930m but it was the final 100m that the Lindsay Park filly, ART COLLECTION, really launched to grab the win. She was runner-up in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on debut and was only three lengths from Loving Gabby when first-up in the Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield. She disappointed in the Talindert Stakes (1100m) and was sent for a spell. Looks to have come back in great order and can break through first-up with the benefit of an official barrier trial this time.

Trial 6 (900m) 0:54.58
GALAXIAL is a two-year-old daughter of Deep Field who is trained by Richard and Michael Freedman, and boy has she got some speed. She sped out to lead and put six lengths on them in the straight and held on to win by a similar margin and was never asked for an effort as she ran the quickest 900m heat time of the morning. I don’t think she’d want any longer than 1000m at this stage.

Trial 10 (900m) 0:54.63
The second quickest heat went to Bjorn Baker’s Smart Missile colt SIR ROCKET who settled around midfield and pounced late with an impressive turn of foot. He came from last in his first trial back in April to finish 4th and looked impressive, but this second trial was much better and he’s clearly improved. Stick with him.

Hostwin Euphoria
Art Collection
Sir Rocket

Rosehill Barrier Trials – June 18

Track condition: Heavy 9

Trial 2 (1030m) 1:07.07
The overall time was quite slow here but I was impressed with the way Team Snowden’s unraced Sebring colt , MANDELLA, surged before being eased up to win in a canter. He matched motors with his stablemate Enforcement in his first official barrier trial back in December 2018, and Enforcement debuted at Rosehill last Saturday and was an impressive winner. Mandella won his next trial and went for a break before returning for an 894m trial and then this most impressive piece of work. He looks ready to go to the races now, and it wouldn’t surprise to see him winning on debut.

Trial 4 (900m) 0:56.84
All bar one runner was pushed out to the line in this heat, and the only one that did it under a tight hold and was hidden back in 4th was the Chris Waller-trained MOST WELCOME. The Exceed And Excel colt has been well-educated with five barrier trials, but I get the feeling the penny has only just dropped. He was very green in his first two trials and offered little, and blinkers went on for his next two trials, but he still failed to show anything. Blinkers came off for this most recent piece of work and it was his best by far. Ready to go to the races now without blinkers.

Trial 5 (900m) 0:57.40
Another one from the Peter and Paul Snowden yard that impressed working her way through the field into 3rd. BELITSA is a two-year-old daughter of Rubick, and she’ll be suited by the winter tracks. She was runner-up on debut before winning on a Soft 7 at Canterbury. She was then far from disgraced when finishing four lengths from Tenley in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) before going for a spell. She led in her first trial but weakened late despite not being asked for an effort. In this most recent piece of work, she settled midfield and pulled herself through the field and was in front 50m past the post, and she never got out of second gear. Further improvement sees her winning a suitable race first-up.

Trial 7 (900m) 0:58.02
Chris Waller’s three-year-old Zoustar filly, HAUT BRION HER, seemed to revel in the Heavy going and will also be suited on the winter tracks. She settled off the speed and chimed in strongly down the outside under a strong hold to take the victory. She was 2nd to Zalatte on debut, and that filly has been competing at Group 1 level. Haut Brion Her then won over 1400m at Warwick Farm before going for a spell. She was runner-up to Sylvia’s Mother in a barrier trial on June 7 and then put in this impressive piece of work. Ready to go now and worth sticking with.

Most Welcome
Haut Brion Her

Rosehill Barrier Trials – February 11

Track condition: Soft 6

Trial 1 (1000m) 0:59.08
The Autumn Sun either still needs more work to be competitive, or he’s just looking for much further than 1000m. He’s been plain in both trials which is a bit concerning for an outsider looking in. Maybe Chris Waller has him exactly where he wants him, but I’d prefer to see him first-up. I AM SERIOUS is already in the black book and gets another tick after this performance, while ZOUSAIN matched that effort and also goes in. Both horses did it effortlessly and are on track for big campaigns.

Trial 2 (1030m) 1:01.70
This was a much-improved effort from MOSS TRIP. The four-year-old Mossman mare dropped right out of her first trial but was never under pressure, and with that hit-out under her belt, her trainers were keen to ask her for more in her next outing. Kerrin McEvoy let her settle towards the rear of the field, got her to the outside and pushed her out until she hit the lead and then eased her up for a very soft trial win. This lightly-raced mare has an electric turn of foot and looks to have come back in great order.

Trial 4 (1030m) 1:04.20
This heat was in very slow time, but MISS BELIEF still impressed sitting three wide without cover and overhauling them in the straight under a strong hold. I blackbooked the daughter of Snitzel from her first trial and she won over 1350m on debut and this trial would have kept her up to the mark. She can progress next time in a suitable 1400m event.

Trial 8 (900m) 0:55.39
A nice piece of work from the unraced BRIGHT RUBICK who is trained by Bjorn Baker. She settled midfield and was doing it easy, and when Corey Brown gave her a shove, she dived through the pack and really wanted to compete before being eased up as she hit the front. I love the way she pricked her ears and came back underneath Brown when he asked her too, and that sharp sprint will take her places.

Trial 10 (895m) 0:55.79
I thought the unraced HEART BREAKER was slightly more impressive than current Golden Slipper favourite Tassort. Both did it easier than the rest of the field but Tassort extended stride while Heart Breaker was much shorter in stride and still matched motors with the Godolphin youngster. Heart Breaker is by I Am Invincible and out of Black Caviar’s half-sister Belle Couture. Breeding is on his side and it may pay to keep him safe in the Golden Slipper market at around $18.

Trial 11 (895m) 0:53.99
The clock doesn’t lie and BORN A WARRIOR ran nice time leading all the way and was eased down well before the line to win by four. He’s another unraced I Am Invincible colt that looks to have a bright future, but he’ll need to learn to harness that early speed or he may be restricted to 1000m events.

Trial 12 (895m) 0:54.00
Again, another I Am Invincible by the name of COVERT OPS. Ran near identical time to the previous heat and did it in the same manner by leading throughout and being eased up late.

Trial 13 (895m) 0:53.37
This was by far the most impressive piece of work of the morning and it was in the slickest time too. BRUTAL is unbeaten in three starts to date, and while his first trial was encouraging, this trial says he’s come on in leaps and bounds and is ready to make it four from four. He was a long way off Mansa Musa early in the straight but just gobbled the leader up under a stranglehold. Can’t wait to see this guy back at the races.

I Am Serious
Moss Trip
Miss Belief
Bright Rubick
Heart Breaker
Born A Warrior
Covert Ops

Rosehill Barrier Trials – January 29

Track condition: Soft 5
Trial 1 (1000m) 0:58.71
I was far from enthused by WINX’s first barrier trial although she was strong after the line. This time however, the superstar mare looked sensational as she cruised home in 3rd place and was hard held down the straight. Bring on the Apollo Stakes!

Trial 2 (1000m) 0:58.06
The Autumn Sun and Unforgotten need more work but I’d expect Unforgotten to go to the races now and then improve second-up as she normally does. Their stablemate I AM SERIOUS impressed most in this heat and went to the line in 3rd and was never under any pressure. With eight wins from 15 starts, this mare has a great strike rate and can be trusted this campaign.

Trial 5 (1030m) 1:03.21
FULL RECOGNITION is an unraced Smart Missile gelding who is trained by Mark Newnham. He came from last on the bend to score convincingly and was asked for an effort which indicates he needed the hard hit-out.

Trial 7 (900m) 0:54.79
Two that caught the eye here. Firstly, the heat winner, HOSTWIN SHADOW, has won two trials this time in and looks ready to take the next step this preparation. He led throughout in this trial, came off the bend with his ears pricked, extended for half the straight and was eased down before the line. Secondly, Chris Waller’s STAR OF THE SEAS was hard held throughout and had plenty to offer as he strolled into 2nd place. He did enough in his first two-start campaign when finishing 3rd to Paret in a strong maiden, and last preparation he won both starts and defeated Savvan at his most recent run. Waller has been patient with this son of Sea The Stars and he could be in for a big autumn.

Trial 9 (900m) 0:54.75
This was an ultra-impressive piece of work from the James Cummings-trained ATHIRI who is a two-year-old daughter of Lonhro who gets her name from the variety of grape that is used to make the white wine Retsina – Athiri’s dam is named Retsina. She belted Accession by two lengths on debut and that colt has won his past two starts. Athiri settled just off the pace and cruised to a soft victory and was under a strong hold throughout. She’s exciting!

Trial 13 (900m) 0:53.81
This was a strong heat with the Hawkes-trained BRUTAL beating home stablemate God Of Thunder and Coterie. This trio went stride for stride and put a big gap on the rest of the field. Of the three, Brutal sweated up considerably and was clearly in need of the run. He’ll take plenty of improvement from the run and will be aiming to make it three from three when he resumes. May need another trial though.

I Am Serious
Full Recognition
Hostwin Shadow
Star Of The Seas

Warwick Farm barrier trials – January 22

Trial 4 (1200m) 1:13.91
The Chris Waller-trained GIRL TUESDAY impressed here as she took plenty of ground off the tearaway leader late. The Street Cry x Tuesday Joy mare won all four starts last campaign should kick off over 1400m sometime soon. Being unbeaten in four starts, it would be beneficial to try and keep her record intact, and she should be placed to advantage first-up.

Trial 6 (797m) 0:48.88
Another one carrying the Strawberry Hill Stud silks, but this one is trained by Clarry Conners. MUTUAL is a two-year-old Spirit Of Boom filly that has a bright future based on this effort. She actually jumped best but was restrained from the wide gate and went back to settle in last place. She rounded them up early in the straight and went on for a soft win. She is nominated for Randwick on January 26 and could back up after this very soft gallop.

Trial 8 (797m) 0:46.91
Gary Portelli’s TIME TO REIGN was far too good here and was eased down late to score comfortably. The Time For War colt is unbeaten in two starts and looks to have come back in great order.

Trial 9 (797m) 0:46.88
Now this could be one for the Golden Slipper. MCLAREN is trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and is by Exceed And Excel and out of Serenada who finished 7th in the 2015 Golden Slipper behind Vancouver and English. Mclaren beat Unite And Conquer in a barrier trial at Kensington back in September and was then sent for a 16-week break. He returned with a Wyong trial win before this impressive performance where he was pushed out late and put seven lengths on Manhattan Marel before being eased up again. The fact he was pushed out suggests there is plenty of improvement to come, and at this early stage, he’s my top selection for the Golden Slipper and is a $17 chance with Sportsbet.

Girl Tuesday
Time To Reign

Rosehill Barrier Trials January 15

Track rating: Good 4

Trial 1 (900m) 0:53.60 
Initially, I thought this was the worst trial I’ve seen from WINX, and technically it is. She missed the start by two lengths and was slightly pushed along in the straight but didn’t seem to respond. However, it was after the post that the great mare rounded them up and found herself in front 200m later. If we’re assessing the 900m barrier trial, her performance was average, but if we pretend it was an 1100m trial, she shone. In my opinion, ALIZEE trialled better than Winx. She sat four wide without cover and was under no pressure at all as she cruised into 3rd place. Yes, Winx overhauled her well past the line, but Alizee was pulled up and Winx was let stride. If Winx is vulnerable at all this campaign, it will be first-up over 1400m in the Apollo Stakes. And if Alizee heads that way, she’s sure to offer some tough competition.

Trial 2 (900m) 0:54.00
Another star-studded heat and it was TRAPEZE ARTIST that impressed most without his blinkers as he finished in 4th place. Although he’s a third-up specialist, he did win the Expressway Stakes (1200m) when fresh last February, and he was far from disgraced finishing 3rd to Home Of The Brave in the Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) when first-up on a Heavy track in the spring. The four-year-old son of Snitzel could be in for his best campaign yet, and it may pay to stick with him.

Trial 4 (1030m) 1:02.75
I just loved the trial of FLOW who looks to have come back in tremendous order. He trialled extremely well in December and then had absolutely no luck at Doomben where he was bolting behind the speed and couldn’t get clear until it was all over. He travelled with his ears pricked for the entire straight on Tuesday morning and was dead-set jog-trotting. Placement is key but he should be winning next time with an ounce of luck.

Trial 5 (1030m) 1:02.15
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-prepared MR DEPENDABLE has speed to burn which is unexpected seeing he is by Reliable Man and out of La Grande Dame who middle distance type. It will be interesting to see where this unraced grey gelding ends up, but there’s no doubting he’s got some talent and will run some bold races from out in front.

Trial 7 (900m) 0:53.33
This was the second quickest 900m heat of the morning and it was the first two home, FOR LOVE and LUCICELLO that stood out. For Love has race experience having finished 3rd at Flemington on debut and she has good early speed that will take her a long way. Lucicello sat off the pace and finished on terms without being asked for an effort, and the pair can be followed next start.

Trial 8 (900m) 0:54.62
COLADA is already in the black book and stays there with a convincing win, while the Snowden-trained AUTOCRATIC worked home best and also gets added to our list of potential upcoming winners. The Wandjina colt seemed to have plenty to offer and it was your typical soft trial from the stable.

Trial 12 (900m) 0:53.55
The impeccably-bred NORDICUS (Dundeel x Miss Finland) has been given plenty of time by trainer Bjorn Baker, and that patience may pay off this campaign. He flopped on debut following a couple of nice trials, but with a 13-week break and two more trial under his belt, he broke through at his second start defeating That Song who has subsequently won. Nordicus was five lengths off them when they straightened but he got to the outside and powered home under his own steam before being eased up late to just miss. He can take the next step.

Trapeze Artist
Mr Dependable
For Love

Rosehill Barrier Trials – January 2

Track condition: Good 4

Trial 2 (1030m) 1:03.28
Another nice trial by SMARTEDGE who is already in the blackbook, but we should also be adding the Chris Waller-trained TORYJOY. The daughter of Street Cry led throughout and went to the line under a strong hold to finish in 3rd place, and her manners were much-improved from last start where she fired up midrace and took control of James McDonald as she went to the front and fought strongly to hold out Tycoon Street who was finishing with a wet sail down the outside. With three runs under her belt this time in, and another soft trial, she’s at peak fitness and can score in another suitable event.

Trial 6 (900m) 0:54.02
PLATINUM TYCOON comes to Sydney having won 10 from 23 in QLD, and he was a clear standout here. He not only ran the quickest time of the 11 900m heats, but he was two lengths in front after 100m and was never asked for an effort as he cruised to a very soft win. Will prove hard to catch wherever he goes first-up.

Trial 7 (900m) 0:55.05
I really like this Lonhro filly named AMERCEMENT. She debuted in the Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) and finished strongly for 4th placed although she was looking for further. She was last of the main group in this trial as they straightened, and she really powered home to get up on the line. I’d like to see her over at least 1200m first-up before stepping out to 1400m and beyond.

Trial 9 (900m) 0:55.10
COLADA is a very well-built Brazen Beau colt, and despite being passed late and finishing 3rd, he did it easiest and looked to have plenty to offer. An imposing youngster than can be followed until he scores.

Trial 14 (900m) 0:55.14
Arguably the most impressive trial of the morning was by MISS BELIEF who stumbled out of the gates and went down on her nose before getting going. The daughter of Snitzel was four lengths from the second to last horse before they cornered yet she only finished two lengths from the winner and looked to be going half pace to the line. Clearly has more natural ability than these and can be followed on debut and beyond.

Platinum Tycoon
Miss Belief

Randwick Barrier Trials – December 17

Track condition: Soft 6

Trial 1 (1200m) 1:14.89
As the gates opened EMPEROR’S WAY was immediately put under a stranglehold and dragged back to last – even further back than My Tunes who missed the start by two lengths and eventually ran last. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained galloper was still last as they turned for home but finished strongly under his own steam to grab 2nd place. This was a much-improved effort on his first trial this preparation and he seems to be coming on nicely and should be ready to resume over 1400m. This was similar to his second trial last campaign before he finished 3.8 lengths from Dreamforce in the Winter Stakes (1400m). If they set the bar a bit lower first-up, he’ll be highly competitive off this piece of work.

Trial 2 (1050m) 1:03.43
ALIZEE featured in the barrier trial blackbookers two weeks ago and has taken the next step by winning this heat under no pressure at all. She was simply too classy for them but it’s good to see her back on track and looking in great order ahead of the autumn carnival.

Trial 4 (1050m) 1:05.60
Nothing to add to the black book from this heat but I am removing DR KARDO who went in two weeks ago. This performance was poor and his action in the straight was concerning. Can’t be on him first-up after that performance.

Trial 6 (1050m) 1:04.86
Anthony and Edward Cummings have been patient with this So You Think mare, NO GREATER LOVE, who is still unraced at the age of four. A couple of trials as a three-year-old were followed by a disappointing debut and she was then sent for a length break. She finished last of eight in he heat of the Warwick Farm barrier trials on December 11, but this was a far better effort and she was making up good ground along the rail before having to ease around the tiring leader and keep coming. She’ll get out over some ground and can be followed this preparation.

Trial 7 (1050m) 1:03.92
This was the second quickest heat of the morning behind Alizee’s performance and there are two Chris Waller-trained runners I want to focus on. The eventual winner, Gogoldcoast, showed good early speed and led throughout, but he didn’t find a lot in the straight when asked. The 3rd placed REXX was hard held leaving the gates and was under an extremely tight rein for the trip and looked to have plenty to offer late. I’d be with Rexx if the pair clashed and he goes into the black book despite having shown little in two previous races.

Emperor’s Way
(Remove Dr Kardo from black book)
No Greater Love

Warwick Farm Barrier Trials – December 11

Track condition: Good 4

Trial 2 (1200m) 1:13.72
SUBBAN may have finished 5th of six runners in this heat but I like the way he picked up late and was working home stylishly. He won first and second-up last campaign and was far from disgraced two starts later when finishing four lengths from Live And Free over 2000m at Randwick. He was taking good ground off Invinzabeel and Sparky Lad late and those two are graded well above this High Chaparral gelding. Looks like he may need a mile and beyond but could surprise over 1400m fresh like he did last preparation.

Trial 3 (803m) 0:47.54
Godolphin filly ASIAGO was hard held to take cover early and wanted to go quicker but soon settled in behind the speed and relaxed. Tim Clark brought the daughter of Medaglia D’oro to the outside in the straight and she made good ground on the winner, Hafaawa, while under a strong hold. This was the quickest of the four two-year-old heats, and although Hafaawa won by three lengths and was eased down late, I’d expect Asiago to have her measure first-up over 1000m to 1100m.

Trial 7 (803m) 0:46.24
John Sargent’s Smart Missile gelding, THE DRAKE, has been a bit of a barrier rogue in the past and was yet again tardy to begin, but after being second last after a few strides, he showed great speed to be leading within 200m. He ran what was the quickest time of the morning and was eased down well before the line. 1000m would be preferable first-up as he struggles to run out 1200m when fresh.

Trial 8 (803m) 0:47.30
While most eyes would have been on the first three fighting out the finish, it was EL DORADO MINE that closed off well from back in the field to finish a distant 4th. He defeated Magicus and Mad Fox when first-up over 1200m last campaign, and the way he worked home suggests he’s ready to go over longer.

Trial 12 (799m) 0:47.71
UNIFY jumped a length better than anything else but in a clear preconceived more, she was snagged back to look for cover behind the speed. The Sepoy filly travelled three and four wide with cover and was spotting the leaders four lengths as they straightened, but she quickly made that ground up to finish half a length away in 3rd and was in front and pulling away from them after the line. For mine, she was the most impressive trialler of the morning.

Trial 13 (799m) 0:47.40
An unraced Dundeel filly for Chris Waller by the name of BELLADEEL really impressed here. She showed good early speed to share the lead, pricked her ears entering the straight, pinned them back for a few strides and put a length on Teminate and then pricked them again and just coasted to the line for Hugh Bowman. Looks smart, has a great action and is powerfully built for a two-year-old filly.

The Drake
El Dorado Mine



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