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South Australian Barrier Trial Blackbookers

Craig Lewis Craig Lewis in Blackbookers 27 Oct 2020
  • 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.

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:


Brazen Boy

Track Rating: Good 4

Trial 1 2yo (850m) 46.730
BRAZEN BOY out of the fast Adelaide mare Coco Doll was as impressive as you like to walk in against the small field by 14L. His performance prompted experienced judge Terry McAuliffe to immediately tweet that Brazen Boy’s trial was the most visually impressive he’d seen since Miracles Of Life. The clock backs up his eye with solid proof, cantering around the 850m in 46.73 while having a good look around with the ears pricked. Typically we’re happy to see them head over 800m in around 48 secs and there was nothing wrong in the times of his two competitors. Like “Barbie,” as Miracles Of Life was known, Brazen Boy is not overly big which is typical of his sire’s breeding. He can run fast though and appears ready to debut as Adelaide’s worst kept secret, don’t miss out!

Trial 5 3yo (1000m) 59.470
AWAMOA first starter at the trials for the Richard and Chantelle Jolly team. An aesthetic looking individual this horse, has a beautifully relaxed stride with a slight overreach which sees him cover ground easily. No surprise to see him win the trial against some nice 3yo’s considering he has shown himself to be quite forward during the jump outs, just nice to see him do it at the trials too. Clock displays the run as the fastest time of the day which impressive for any debutant and I feel there was plenty more under the hood should rider Jake Toeroek of asked.

Trial 10 Maiden (1000m) 1:00:36
SABAKU just a case of gently, gently at the moment. Has come into this trial on the back of the one jump out this time in and she hasn’t been overly asked of in either. We had Blackbooked today’s heat winner in Noname Lane during the Saturday Review of his first up run, so it seems pretty obvious to highlight SABAKU at this time as well. They both came away from the others under their own steam in handy Maiden time and while the runner up may have another jump out yet due to the ease of her work in public, she is probably classy enough to knock off a race anytime soon.



Night Passage
Crown Harmonium

Trial 1 Open (1000m) 1:01.55
First trial was delayed which probably only helped the headline act in Bella Vella a little as she was a little hot wanting to get on with things in the pre-parade ring. Settled down a little back in her stall then was all business when Todd Pannell legged aboard. Just wants to be a racehorse Bella Vella and she trialled well as she always does, cruising along in front then wanting to Stretch and go harder through the line than Pannell would allow. Really liked LIANNE in the yard. New acquisition for Clarken-MacGillivary, she was the first one in and looked relaxed and well. Didn’t have the early pace yet she closed off well under Anna Jordjso and like the winner Bella Vella, was full of herself after the run. Good attitude and will tighten up a bit for the outing.

Trial 2 CL3 (1000m) 1:02.68 
NIGHT PASSAGE looked the quality in the yard, just needed to tighten up a bit. Wasn’t quickest out yet responded under the riding of Ben Price to come under them and race away. Not often the McEvoy camp has a trial runner without us writing one up and Night Passage impressed in front of the boss. CROWN HARMONIUM usually a bit fractious was on her best behaviour. Looked close enough in the yard having missed a run as a scratching due to drawing terribly. She was relaxed throughout, has ability while holding a relatively low handicap rating and if she can bring today’s attitude to the races will be winning one soon.

Trial 6 3yo (1000m) 1:02.17
Ashton Downing took two horses to the track and both were ultra impressive. CELTIC BLAST entitled to be as he is fit from recent racing. Really like EQUA in the yard. Impressive filly, she is a very nice type with a good attitude who looks as though she can take on a bit of work. Not the quickest away but Karl Zechner got her into her work down the side and she came on well between horses. Looked comfortable in good enough time. Happy to follow into her prep.



Broadway And First
Magic Sunset
Deep Speed

Track Rating: Soft 6

Trial 1 Open (1000m) 1:00.760
Smart McEvoy mare Xilong trialled aplomb, just sitting under leader Star Parfait before being allowed more reign by Vorster to skip clear by the 300m then throttled down close to the line. It was the trial of a quality galloper which comes as no surprise. BROADWAY AND FIRST on ratings should’ve been well outmatched by the runner up Tequila Time, however, was given a solid hit out to finish alongside him as those two closed in on Xilong late. We did Black Book BROADWAY AND FIRST off his first up run last prep owing to his last 600m split being equal to that of open sprinter Brimarvi Vehero. Sent back to the paddock two runs later and on today’s trial it looks he’s ready to resume in the same manner as he did last time in.

Trial 2 Open (1000m) 1:00.500
MAGIC SUNSET had support first up for the Will Clarken stable after 12 months off the scene. Was a bit of an ask, though wouldn’t have lost many admirers in placing behind Taken Off. Rather than giving the mare a gut busting second up run, Clarken elected to trial MAGIC SUNSET instead. Couldn’t have asked for a better set up and trial with the speedy Social Media ensuring plenty of pace, Todd Pannell just had MAGIC SUNSET coasting underneath him around midfield early and sat quiet as a church mouse as she went out to pick up the leader under her own steam. She’s not overly big, is light on her feet with a lovely stride and plenty enough quality about her. Ready to win wherever she goes next.

Trial 3 3yo (1050m) 1:02.200
DEEP SPEED been sent to Adelaide by the McEvoy camp following two jump out wins over 800m, including the latest in a sharp 46:35 up the Flemington straight. Jumped well, held together three wide near the speed then heavily restrained the entire behind Michael Hickmott’s Livin’ Loose. Really wanted to stretch out, I thought he was well behaved for an unraced 3yo who wasn’t allowed his head. Not just the fact he has natural ability – DEEP SPEED has that in spades, it was his attitude that impressed me the most. Nice to also see he can run on the affected Soft 6 track too.



Instant Celebrity
Keep On Bopping

Track Rating: Good 4

Trial 1 Open (1000m) 1:01.22
INSTANT CELEBRITY was who we were here to see and the Phillip Stokes filly didn’t disappoint. As customary, she showed no early speed and as such lobbed out the back early as the smart Ef Troop steadily made his way towards the lead down the side. With Ef Troop backing up his fine barrier trial performance where he finished half a Length astern of Bella Vella, Crowther brought Instant Celebrity to the outside with the filly giving chase to him under little encouragement. Still inclined to have a bit of a stargaze, don’t be surprised to see winkers or visors or so applied to Instant Celebrity as her prep goes on. Targeting the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield, Instant Celebrity looks well on track and I’ll be happy to back her through in her lead up races.

Trial 2 Open (1000m) 1:01.23
SAVATOXL, Reckon we could hear them cheering from the Top End in this trial. We’ve been told from all who have seen him in The Alice and Darwin that this one might just be very good, and after today seeing is believing! Never raced on turf previously so this was an interesting watch as Sunlight’s little sister, Sisstar put the early speed on. Still wanting to show her bad habits of getting her head up early, Sisstar did improve her manners after a couple of furlongs when Vorster allowed her more reign. Savatoxl settling last the small field, only 2.5L off the leader. On straightening it was clear Sisstar was under pressure as Savatoxl moved outside her, the mare inclined to lay out as Savatoxl wanted to roll in down the straight. Jason Holder taking action to correct his mount as Savatoxl strolled a bit over a Length clear under a strangle hold in what was the most impressive trial of the day. Would think the Balaklava Cup is on the agenda, just back him wherever he goes!

Trial 5 3yo (1000m) 1:01.36
KEEP ON BOPPING can play a part in the spring. Unraced half brother to Ryan Balfour’s smart sprinter Cashed, Phillip Stokes may have a smart staying type on his hands. Still raw, Keep On Bopping looked all legs in a jump out win to begin this prep. Improved with an impressive trial win smart time late August and I wanted to Black Book him then. Felt we could hold because he was still very raw and here he is back at the trials a week later. Handled the back up with no worries which makes me think he is a sturdy type and there might just be a big race over some ground for him in his first prep. Needs to learn to relax yet, as to which Kayla Crowther made effort to constrain him early today. This was a smart trial field with L’il Piper having shown ability and black type winner Ecumenical rolling forward with the blinkers on. Keep On Bopping pulling his way around them, did settle a little better when the pressure started to build. Love the way he pinned the ears back and lengthened after Ecumenical who was kept honest and it would seem Keep On Bopping is ready to go to the races now. Comfortable win in fast time, follow throughout this prep.



Oh Please Dianna
Struck By
Galaxy Keeper

Trial 3 CL3 (1000m) 1:01.24
OH PLEASE DIANNA jumped with them from out wide with Vorster content to hold the McEvoy mare 3W the speed outside Undesire and Lady Pavlichenko. Under a good hold, she took the ascendancy on straightening to roll away for a comfortable win in good enough time. Not a big mare, she should come to hand quickly and make light work of her current Benchmark Rating of 61.

Trial 5 3yo (1000m) 1:00.91
MILEVA had blinkers first time and showed good maturity in settling just off the good speed set by Hard Rock Girl. Came through the middle with Yule My Hero before moving away in the last 100m or so. Ended up being shown the persuader by Jordjso, however the job was done. Looked very forward for such a big filly and the Clarken-MacGillivary stable again show their patience and ability to educate the youngsters with Mileva looking set to justify her boom this prep.

Trial 7 3yo Maiden (1000m) 1:01.55
STRUCK BY hasn’t been seen publicly in any jump outs before today and I reckon Travis Doudle will be more than pleased with what he saw. Just a quiet educational hitout under Todd Pannell, he wasn’t the best away and wanted to over do things when restrained early. Looked much more tractable when allowed some reign and Struck By made his way home impressively between horses late. Wasn’t the fastest overall time of the day, not the slowest either. The manner in which this horse went about his trial would suggest some ability.

Trial 8 3yo Maiden (1000m) 1:01.39
GALAXY KEEPER I’ve already mentioned this Stokes stable non-starter just recently in noting the jump out of Talamo, who we successfully landed as our value bet at Murray Bridge on Wednesday. Galaxy keeper was very forward behind Mileva then as she was again today in her first official barrier trial. Raced to the front early, was there to be beat yet seemed to be very comfortable in the way that she held them off. Only a little filly still with her winter coat, I would think she presents to the races ready for a win straight off the bat.



Taken Off

Track Rating: Soft 5

Trial 2 Open (1000m) 57.900
BEHEMOTH already in the black book for his Goodwood performance just, reaffirmed himself as a genuine contender this Spring with a casual trial win over quality opposition in slick time. Box seated off early leader Unscopeable and Kemelpasa, cruising up between them on straightening before loping way with a casual trial win under regular race rider Todd Pannell. Only lightly raced with the 14 race starts to his name, this looks like the prep where we’ll be wanting to follow into Behemoth as David Jolly gets a bit more serious with the races they target.

Trial 3 3yo (1000m) 58.980
SHOJIKI already well educated having trialled up in previous preps for the Phillip Stokes yard. On this occasion first up and impressive runner up behind another trial Blackbooker, The Multiplier. Both of these two horses aren’t far away from their debut race starts and both have been ultra impressive in their jump outs and trials to date. Second fastest time of the morning which is impressive in itself given they’re only a week out of their juvenile season. While The Multiplier had the better of Shojiki by a bit over a Length on this occasion, he did have some relative fitness over the filly and neither were asked to come out of their comfort zone. Quality trial field and even the 3rd horse, Pimm’s Party can be followed with interest.

Trial 5 CL3 (1000m) 59:530
TAKEN OFF slowly away, just allowed to find his feet in his own time. Made ground inside and stayed low as the winner and runner up both came widest, as was the pattern with most winners for the day. Interesting that Kayla Crowther rode Taken Off in this trial over the Stokes stable mate and winner Ambidazzle. We know she’s got ability and usually goes around well supported. Splitting them in the tight three-way go was the McEvoy gelding Mayan who is a winner and Melbourne Listed place getter in both his race starts to date. Apart from the slow beginning, Taken Off appeared to do a lot more right and looked far more comfortable than the other’s and we can look to get on early with him.

Trial 7 Maiden (1000m) 59:770
KISHSTAR has already shown enough in his first two preps for Gary Searle to suggest she can break her maiden then go on with it. Not a lot separated Kishstar and her two Will Clarken rivals on the line, yet it was a very comfortable and forward showing by the Deep Field mare and we can expect good things from her this prep. Jason Holder sticking will be a good guide to follow.



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