South Australian Barrier Trial Blackbookers

  • 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:



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.



Track Condition: Soft 6

All Banter
Hello Ladies
The Multiplier

Trial 1 2YO 1000m 59:88
ALL BANTER wouldn’t have surprised anyone in running the fastest trial of the day. Very close to black type class this filly, I just wouldn’t think she has enough prizemoney in the bank to make a play for the Lightning held here on the last weekend of the season. Impressive enough to say back her wherever she goes next. Hello Ladies surprised with a forward showing as a big chunky type of gelding. Has had two jump outs well spaced in which he’s shown ability. Loved the way he relaxed a few pairs back to come out and challenge All Banter, albeit under hard riding. Has a future and will take the most benefit from his solid hitout in good time.

Trial 3 2YO 1000m 1:00.46
THE MULTIPLIER off only one jump out was very impressive in getting away cleanly to challenge the very smart Theresabearinthere, and ultimately pick him up under plenty of encouragement from Todd Pannell. Sure, Theresabearinthere just coasted under his own steam, that gelding however is fully fit and likely to head to the Lightning in a couple of weeks. The Multiplier, already impressive in his only jump out being claimed by the smart Instant Celebrity, seems to be a pretty sensible type who’s capable of putting himself into races early and I would expect him to be competitive during his first prep.

Trial 4 Open 1000m 1:00.40
RAINMOTH so far has been brought along slowly with the rising 6yo mare winning her first three race starts at Clare and Balaklava in her first prep. Came back without a trial and won 2nd up in town beating a strong BM80 Mares field before her runner up performance in the Greys race at Flemington on Cup Day. Big mare, I doubt they’ll push her along and she trialled first up today without a jump out leading in. Very forward to lead out wide early before coming back underneath heavy weight apprentice Caitlin Jones and I love the way she found the line again late. Professional trial and she could be in for a big prep.

Trial 5 Open 1000m 1:00.39
JAGUARY looked perhaps a little hot while fresh with a bit of sweat showing down his neck. Not unusual for him and he was sensible during his trial which was good to see. Not the fastest away, Todd Pannell just gave him a relaxed look around the track as he coasted up well along the fence, following another of our Black Book horses in Perfect Command who won the trial comfortably as we’d expect. Jaguary disappointed a little last prep off what appeared a very forward jump out and he was subsequently spelled after only three runs. Trialled similar to today in his previous prep where he came out and won 4 out of his next 5 starts plus a runner up performance at Moonee Valley. Would be keeping Jaguary under strong notice.


Morphettville Barrier Trials June 30

Track condition: Soft 6


Chosen Blonde
Allez Sur Le Gris
Silver On Red

Trial 1 2YO (1000m) 1:02:86
CHOSEN BLONDE Opened the 2yo trials out as well as anything early. Happy to sit the widest of 3 or 4
runners, Dylan Caboche did have a handful of fresh horse and he was happy to allow her more reign
once they balanced. Betta Eddie inside her nice first trial and She's Stylish did a lot wrong though closed
off well once the sting had gone out of the other two. When last in work, Chosen Blonde jumped out
nicely with Kirinia who we backed at 20’s to win on debut. Trainer Chris Bieg held high enough an
opinion of this filly to take her to Melbourne for debut where she acquitted herself well before being
well held Listed grade at home. Looks ready to run first up and I dare say they'll lower the eyes a little
with her this time around.

Trial 2 2YO (1000m) 1:02:69
Captain Obvious suggests we need to highlight the easy trial win of ALLEZ SUR LE GRIZ. May not of
trounced a black type field, however the professional manner and the relaxed way she went about her
business in running the quicker of the 2yo trials needs to be mentioned. Has had the benefit of two
jump outs at Strathalbyn prior and happy to note her second of such was around Showusyourmotor
who we have written into the Book after her debut run at Morphettville this Saturday gone.

Trial 3 Open (1000m)
AADELAD not a noted first up horse, nor a noted trial hero either. His last race was in October last year
and on paper we can only see the benefit of the one jump out late May. Is a noted speed horse though
so no surprise to see him find the front comfortably enough. Up against a few handy enough sprinters
who are known for hitting the ground early in their preps, it was nice to see Aadelad keep going all the
way very comfortably with the other’s chasing hard off the bit. Always been a big bulky sort of horse,
Aadelad appears to have come back looking far more trim then usual and I'm sure he'll be further
improved again with the usual addition of blinkers for race day.

Trial 8 3YO (1000m) 1:02:34
SILVER ON RED having her first trial caught the eye late. Given plenty of time to find her feet as the others
quickened inside the 600m, Maggie Collett was just out to give David Jolly's gelding a nice little
educational look at the races. Ran home well, slightly wanted to lay in a touch with a couple of gentle
taps around the rump keeping her mind on track. I do have a bit of time for the winner Deevine who
should be picking up a maiden somewhere soon. Silver On Red also showed good racing manners in a
recent Strathalbyn jump out around the 2yo we highlighted today in Allez Sur Le Gris.

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