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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:

Murray Bridge Barrier Trials July 11

Track condition: Soft 5

Trial 1 (1000m) 00:59.470
BEHEMOTH won the opening heat in the quickest time of the day and boy was he impressive. After settling in 4th and 5th position early, Dom Tourneur got him into the clear at the top of the straight where he hit the line under a strong hold and had his ears pricked the whole way down the straight and was never out of second gear. He showed his class with a runner-up effort in the Group 1 The Goodwood last campaign, and this may be his best campaign yet. Follow him into the spring.

Trial 3 (1000m) 00:59.700
We can take a form line through this trial with the 2nd place Free Of Debt who won on debut and measured up winning at Flemington before a 3rd placing in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m). He flopped in the Golden Slipper on Heavy track and was sent for a break Free Of Debt and the Tony McEvoy-trained DEEP FORCE went stride for stride down the straight and put a big space on 3rd, and it the Deep Field youngster that came out on top winning by four lengths under limited pressure. Had the blinkers and lugging bit for his first trial, and I’m keen to see what he can do under real pressure.

Trial 4 (1000m) 01:01.340
The McEvoy-prepared PRETTY BRAZEN won this heat in slow time but looked good putting 7.5 lengths on them in the straight. She has solid form lines with a 2nd to Microphone on debut before finishing 2.3 lengths from Catch Me and then 4.4 lengths from Castelvecchio. She’s come back in good order and can followed this time in.

Trial 7 (1000m) 01:01.040
OUR BENEVENTO is a lightly-raced mare that can take her trial form to the track as she did last campaign. She ambled up to them in the straight and took the lead comfortably and held on from those who were under hard riding. She worked similarly in her trial last preparation before winning first-up and then again a few starts later over 1400m at Morphettville. Stick with her this time until she win.

Trial 8 (1000m) 01:01.230
The time wasn’t overly impressive here, but THE DIFFERENCE certainly was. Trained by Tony McEvoy, the I Am Invincible gelding resented being restrained from the outset and was caught six wide without cover for the trip. Despite that, he really let rip in the straight and won by 8.3 lengths and was never asked for a real effort. Won his only trial at Cranbourne in November and looks to have strengthened up since then – could be something special.

Deep Force
Pretty Brazen
Our Benevento
The Difference

Morphettville Barrier Trials (Parks circuit) – December 10

Track condition: Good 4
Rail: normal for 2YO events and cones out 8m for others.

Trial 1 (800m) 48.01
I think Phillip Stokes might have a nice two-year-old Bon Hoffa filly here. DONE BY ME is a great-looker with a big white blaze that runs dead straight from the point of her forehead to the tip of her nose – and she can run. She was held up behind the speed and settled nicely, and when Dylan Caboche pulled her around heels and gave her a slight push, she extended past them to win comfortably in much quicker time than the other 800m trial. Follow her wherever she goes.

Trial 3 (1000m) 59.93
HARD EMPIRE won this heat in the second quickest time of the 1000m heats, and he did it in second gear and won by seven lengths. He won his first three starts in Tasmania and was sent to Darren Weir where he picked up a couple more wins, and earlier this year he went to Richard Jolly and recorded three wins and three placing in six starts. He performs on any track condition but does prefer some sting out of the ground, and he was an impressive first-up winner for Jolly last campaign at big odds. I doubt we’ll be getting big odds this time around but his trial suggests he’s come back in great order and can be followed this preparation.

Trial 5 (1000m) 59.51
Nothing between three of them on the line in what was the quickest heat of the day, but despite finishing 3rd, FROSTY GREY was under the least amount of pressure and just coasted to the line. He managed just two placings from seven starts in Melbourne before coming to Chris Bieg in South Australia, and Bieg got a bit out of him with a win and four placings from another seven starts. Now that he’s had a good break, he can build into this preparation and go on with the job. He’s got good early speed and led or sat 2nd in all seven runs for Bieg, and with this 1000m trial under his belt, he should be ready to go over 1200m first-up.

Trial 7 (1000m) 1:00.06
The further they went in this trial, the further POET’S LANDING would have won by. Trained by Will Clarken and ridden by Jamie Kah, the unraced Poet’s Voice gelding looks to have his fair share of ability and is sure to be winning races. He showed good gate speed under a tight hold from Kah and settled 2nd on the rail but went through under no pressure to take the lead in the straight and edge away from Sophina Diva who also impressed. He gets across the ground look a good horse and I can’t wait to see him let rip on debut.

Trial 8 (1000m) 1:00.10
GENNIKAY was slow to leave and was a clear last after 100m, but she railed through on the turn, edged off heels at the top of the straight and just cruised past them to score a very soft win. She showed plenty on debut and was charging home from the rear after covering ground and coping a bump on the home bend, and trainer Phillip Stokes immediately sent the Shamus Award filly to the paddock to mature. She was very green on debut and didn’t know how to go straight, but some education and time should see her return a much better filly this time around.

Done By Me
Hard Empire
Frosty Grey
Poet’s Landing

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.

Lady Of Crebilly
Sir Johnson
Our Benevento


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