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Barrier Trials NSW - latest blackbookers from the NSW barrier trials

  • NSW Barrier Trial Blackbookers

Our trial expert will keep you up to date with all the horses to follow from the NSW 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:

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

Rosehill Gardens Barrier Trials – December 4

Trial 1 (1030m) 1:01.91
This was the quickest of the four 1030m heats and while there was little splitting VERLAN and King Tomlola, it’s the former who’s open to more improvement and did it marginally better. Trained by Richard Freedman, Verlan was restrained to take cover as the gates opened and he settled right behind the speed and was keen to get on with it. He saw a bit of daylight entering the straight and went through a tight gap and just cruised to the line for a soft heat win. Had plenty of gears left and fired first and second-up last preparation. Has improved significantly since then and is ready to tackle stronger races. 

Trial 2 (1030m) 1:02.36
The Gary Portelli-trained VINCERO should be ready to produce a nice run now and he worked home stylishly for 2nd placing on Tuesday morning. He had a soft 800m trial on November 9 and then cost himself the win first-up when running off the track at Gosford where he finished 2nd to Power Command who had been knocking on the door with two placings prior to that run. He sat three deep without cover throughout this trial and was finishing better than anything else under his own steam. He could have easily beaten Ready To Prophet in this heat and that galloper was 4th in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) and had two winning trials and a BM78 run under his belt before this trial.

Trial 5 (900m) 0:55.23
I’m keen to see what TWENTYFOUR CARAT can do when asked for an effort on race day. The two-year-old I Am Invincible colt is trained by John O’Shea and has been produced at the trials on three occasion and this was him most impressive piece of work. He settled nicely behind the speed, and when Tommy Berry gave him a shove, he quickly accelerated to go past Deep Chill before being restrained again and matching motors with that galloper as they took good ground off the tearaway leader Vulpes. Looked to have a lot to offer and can be followed into this preparation. 

Trial 7 (900m) 0:55.03
Two interesting Chris Waller-trained runners to consider in this heat. Firstly, DR KARDO was restrained as soon as the gates opened and settled last before flashing home to win the trial. He looks very green put in a few hops down the straight but obviously has some ability. Stablemate ESCONDIDO finished runner-up after settling second last, but he looks the more professional of the pair and was doing it easier in the straight and could have won if asked to. He’s by Snitzel and out of the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) winning mare Dances On Waves. Keen to follow both but if they clash on debut, Escondido gets the nod. 

Trial 10 (900m) 0:55.16
No horse did it easier than ALIZEE on Tuesday morning, and it was clear to see James Cummings is bringing her along slowly following a bleed during the spring. James McDonald had the job of steering the daughter of Sepoy around Rosehill as she settled three wide without cover throughout and simply cruised to the line to just miss behind Shock Alert. Missing the spring could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for this extremely talented four-year-old mare as she targets autumn riches. 

Trial 14 (900m) 0:54.62
The Hawkes Racing-prepared Snitzel filly, TAKEN EVERYTHING, was one of the most impressive triallers of the morning as she showed good early speed to lead, looked very strong late and was eased down to win with her ears pricked. She was the least experienced filly in the field and was challenged early in the straight but had far too much on these and was virtually eased up with 200m to go. Looks very promising.

Trial 16 (900m) 0:53.81
The quickest of the 12 900m heats went to the Hawkes-prepared Great Affair but he was out on his feet in the final 100m and clearly needed the run – and maybe a couple more. Doctor Zous flashed home down the outside to grab 2nd and the Godolphin gelding, Congregate, finished off well for 3rd, but I’m hoping most have missed the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained EMBRACER finishing off along the inside before being restrained late. The Sebring colt was restrained from the outset and had to be eased during the run, and he was finishing far better than anything else in the trail before Adam Hyeronimus took hold of him in the final 50m before he flew past them. A clear standout that was well hidden in this heat. 

Twentyfour Carat
Dr Kardo
Taken Everything


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