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Barrier Trials NSW - latest blackbookers from the NSW barrier trials

Ric Chapman in Blackbookers 18 Sep 2018
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Our Sydney racing 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:

Randwick 2YO Trials - September 17

The start of the 2YO season - always attracts enormous attention.

And it did so at Randwuck's Kenso earlier this week as well.

The entire set of barrier trials, 14 in fact, were for the brand new babies and a huge, midweek size crowd turned up.

So I've gone through all the 849m trials and this is the order of 'impressiveness' from the trials.

I've rated the Top 7 from best to 7th for each gender division based on what I saw.


1 - COLADA (Brazen Beau - Clearly Foxy). Tr: Gerald Ryan. Ran 2nd. Clocked 49.79sec. Slow to being, sat on the rails behind pace and showed maturity to rail up and then make steady ground under restraint. Invincible Vision won the trial but this bloke looked like he could have roared past him at any time. Very impressive.

2 - EXCEED THE STARS (Star Witness - Exceed And Excite). Tr: Mark Newnham. Ran 1st. Clocked 48.96sec. Ran in the very first trial of the morning and engaged in a battle down the home straight with Fiery Red. They both cleared away from their rivals running very fast last 600m. He just looked to have a little bit more up his sleeve as they hit the line. Seems very fast.

3 - DUBIOUS (Not A Single Doubt - Suspicieuse). Tr: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace. Ran 1st. Clocked 49.73sec. Slow to begin, mustered a great deal of pace to lead and completely controlled this trial. Carried Hugh Bowman, so had more weight that his rivals, and was as strong at the end as he was at the top of the straight. Looks very forward and pretty smart.

4 - COVERT OPS (I Am Invincible - Fine Bubbles). Tr: Gerald Ryan. Ran 1st. Clocked 49.69sec. Ran in the very last trial of the day when track was cut up, but ran brilliantly to win by a widening 8 lengths. Now, the others clocked off a bit but he was impressive with his maturity and acceleration.

5 - FIERY RED (Pierro - Blazing Snitzel). Tr: Gai and Adrian. Ran 2nd. Clocked 49.00sec. As mentioned above, locked horns with Exceed The Stars and they ran time because they had a 2-horse war down the straight. But did show he could run fast time and did not shirk his task failing to win by half a head. Is very forward.

6 - SAINT AMBROSE (Sepoy - Rose Of Scotland). Tr: Richard Freedman. Ran 3rd. Clocked 49.62sec. Strange trial with horses all over the place and some going very wide. But this bloke just sat behind good speed, went a bit wide as they turned but was held together down the running to get beat a length and run 3rd. Looked to have the wheels to have won the trial.

7 - KING'S CHAMP (Deep Field - Yosei). Tr: Gerald Ryan. Ran 1st. Clocked 49.42sec. Drew clear with Lionsgate and they went hard to the wire, hence the good time late in the morning. Looks very forward, has speed and size and finishing power. 


1 - BRIGHT RUBICK (Rubick - Torah). Tr: Bjorn Baker. Ran 2nd. Clocked 49.53sec. She was slow to begin in what was a very fast trial early, but she stayed on the rails and was asked only to quicken when they turned for home. Accelerated like a really good horse and then was asked to back off final 100m. To my eye, was the best trial of the morning. Has a big white blaze so you will see her race.

2 - CALESCENT (Sizzling - Pimlico Girl) Tr: Matty Dale. Ran 1st. Clocked 49.77sec. Carried Hugh Bowman and that is a factor as it meant she carried by far the most weight. Sat 3-wide all the way, then when given her head moved to lead over One Step and although pushed out late, looked pretty handy.

3 - HONEY GO LIGHTLY (Wandjina - Maslins Beach). Tr: Anthony and Ed Cummings. Ran 1st. Clocked 49.14sec. This looks a pretty forward, ready made racehorse. Has speed and determination and clocked not only a fast overall time, but a quick final 600m also. Can be on pace or off them and still get home. Looks a racehorse.

4 - CATCH ME (I Am Invincible - Captivating Claire). Tr: Team Snowden. Ran 2nd. Clocked 49.16sec. Engaged in a great battle all the way down running with Honey Go Lightly and was beaten a nostril. Is also game, professional and very quick. Looms ready to race and should give a great sight when produced.

5 - BRING THE RANSOM (Sebring - Gold Epona) Tr: Bjorn Baker. Ran 1st. Clocked 49.45sec. Looks tough. Must have ability to run this time and last 600m was pretty strong but I liked how she fought back when Satin Socks headed her. Looks a race horse and may be a big improver.

6 - STELLAR BLAZE (Star Witness - Explosive Charge) Tr: Scott Singleton. Ran 3rd. Clocked 49.54sec. The precocity of others have them rated above her but going forward, she may emerge as one of the very best. Just has a lovely, fluid long stride and made very impressive ground late from the back in this trial. Even as I write this, I'm thinking she should be higher up this list.

7 - ONE STEP (Sidestep - Our Abbey). Tr: Tommy Wong. Ran 2nd. Clocked 49.85sec. Showed good speed to lead then was headed by Calescent but hung tough. Made that winner work and was coming back on her, without a great deal of urging, late in trial. Is forward. Was the only Sidestep on display and showed maturity and talent.

Rosehill Gardens - August 20

 REDZEL: blinkers went back on and so did he. Jumped to the lead in a star studded field and just brained them leading all the way. Looked like his old Everest self!
 I AM EXCITED: quality mare on the rise. Looked sharp and strong when 3rd to Redzel in this 1000m trial. She is eligible for easier races than him and she should be winning this time up.
 TRAPEZE ARTIST: ran 4th in the Redzel trial but he is coming along quietly and nicely for his shot at The Everest. And he looks awesome. Just jog trotted around here. Keep a close watch on him.
 TOM MELBOURNE: yes, read it again, good old non-winner Tommy. Hughie rode him in a 1030m trial and he led all way downing a host of Group stars and doing it in very fast time, with his handsome head on his chest. Has he learned to win? Maybe after this hit out.
 SINGLE GAZE: ran 5th to Tommy, beaten 5 lengths, but wasn't asked to extend at any stage. Might have a cracking carnival.
 XAARFOXYLADY: ran a slashing trial for 2nd. Is eligible for a Class 1 in the bush yet was sent to the lead against star city graders and led until Duca Valentinois claimed her on the line. Can't wait to get on if produced at the provincials.
 BRIMHAM ROCKS: this might be a stayer for the future. Import who worked home impressively for 4th in slowly run 1030m trial. Has a lot of staying talent.
 ANOTHER DOLLAR: ran a blinder. Finished 3rd but could have won this slowly run 1030m trial as she sat 3 and 4 wide all way and was restrained late. Classy stayer who looks back in fine fettle.
 SATONO RASEN: ran last but was sent out to jog trot all way and that's what he did. Could be in for a terrific spring as he has talent and is acclimatised now.
 NAKEETA JANE: is a maiden galloper, unraced in fact, and a huge thing at that. She was slow to move, then moved up 3 wide and was still the strongest on the line winning 1030m trial in useful time. Provincial maiden looks ripe for taking.
 CHABREET: big long striding galloper who, although a maiden, seems to have immense talent. Has speed and kicks off bend and does it easily. I'll back him when I see him in. Is stakes bound.
 PRIMITIVO: still shake my head at the fact this bloke is a maiden after 7 runs. He is a stakes horse in waiting, but does have manners that need improving. When he gets it right, he could be pretty smart.
 CARTEL: Is a bush Class 1 horse and he led a strong field that included eventual winner Pierata, who looks to be Everest bound, all the way until final 100m of this 900m trial. Goes back to the bush for Class 1, you should be getting on.
 MARSUPIAL: ran a terrific trial for 2nd after hitting front half way down straight, all while under restraint. Looks in great nick and looms as a threat when resumes.
 VIENNA ROMANCE: I liked this trial. She sat just off a fair tempo all way and travelled wide. Classy horses in this trial and she is a restricted grade galloper who should nearly win when produced first up at the mid weeks.
 MORE SUNDAYS: was very fit going into this trial but did impress with extremely strong final 200m. Is a Class 1 horse at present but is much better than that.
 MS RODARTE: two trials this time up for 2 last placings. Hard to recommend? Hmmmm, I think they are playing with us as she was cantering behind More Sundays. Look for midweek BM 70 3YO very soon.
 WAGNER: is a Godolphin maiden 3YO who wont be for long. Has early speed and more importantly, is very strong late as he showed when kicking away to win his 900m trial easily.
 EXOPLANET: is an unraced Chris Waller trained maiden. Mark his name down in bold letters. Looks very good. Ran 3rd but could have won. Should be winning on debut.

Rosehill Gardens - July 9

Older Horses

SOUCHEZ: sat back in fast run trial and just powered home under restraint. Looked very classy running 3rd and is ready to win.

CONDOR HEROES: took control of rider and shot 10 lengths away mid stages of his trial. Was throttled down last 200m and still won by 5 lengths in fast time. Looks a natural flying machine.

BULLETSON: is eligible for a country Class 1 but showed good finishing power in strong 1030m trial to grab 4th. Look for him at the provincials.

EGYPTIAN SYMBOL: sat back near last in 904m trial then under a good hold roared home covering final 250m in blazing time. Looks back better than ever off this trial.

KEMENTARI: missed kick by 2 lengths, sat out the back and was never asked to raise even as much as a gallop final 200m yet finished off trial in 5th spot. Wow!

HOME OF THE BRAVE: is a Group 3 winning import for Godolphin and he destroyed this field in fast time. Carries his head high, and came around turn 6 wide before just racing away under Huge Bowman and won by a minute. looks very smart.

AVILIUS: another Godoplhin import, this one is a stayer and this was a very nice trial. Ran last mind you over 904m, but was under throttle hold. May not win first up but he has a load of ability and looks a stakes horse.

WAY WE GO: is a 6YO and has had just 3 runs, but he has soooo much ability. Sat just off pace in fast run trial and was the eye-opener running 3rd. Not raced since 2015. Watch his progress closely.

STAR OF THE SEAS: looks Saturday city grade. Won this 903m trial in useful time, after travelling wide and throttled down final 250m. Might even be headed for stakes grade. Is a maiden at the moment. Watch his progress. Is with Chris Waller.


DANAWI (Exceed and Excel-Secret Admirer) this may be a really smart colt. Is already looking for further than the 1030m trial he won here by sitting outside leader then forging away late. Is a maiden but is very talented. 

TIMID (Albrecht-Bashful) maiden filly who sat back and closed most impressively late for strong 2nd in 904m trial. Looks a sure fire winner soon at the provincials.

QUENYA (Sepoy-Eldarin) sat a mile back in fast run trial and zipped home late to grab 3rd. Eye-catching effort as she has not raced yet and looks ready to do so.

BANDOL (Snitzel-Miss match) is unraced but is very fast and won this trial in good time, racing away late. Looks ready made. Gai and Adrian train.

ALTAIR (Zoustar-Rossarita) is a maiden but was cantering at the end of this trial under Hughie Bowman and wound up 2nd in useful time. Looks a provincial winner, maybe even midweek.

AMICUS AGRIPPA (Star Witness-Danrory) is yet to race but has talent. Sat on fence behind the speed in a fast run trial, was was doing nice work at the end to grab 2nd without really being asked. Hard to gauge just how good he is but he ticks a fair few boxes.

BUCEPHALUS (Redoute's Choice-Miss Stellabelle) is a Team Hawkes-trained colt who is yet to race but shows dazzling speed and hung tough to just win this trial. Time was ordinary which is a worry but he did the job.

Rosehill Gardens - May 7

Older Horses

WALK THE STREETS: it's been nearly a year since this mare, who is eligible for a provincial Class 1 raced, but I doubt it will be that long before she wins. Was cantering all the way when 2nd home in a fast run, fully loaded trial. She was most impressive.

FOREIGN TERRITORY: might be pretty smart. I love seeing horses who are stoutly bred, pinging the lids and leading short course trials and this unraced son of Tavistock did just that. He broke clear to win the trial running away too. Can't wait to see him entered in somewhere.

SHOCK ALERT: has not raced for 6 months but he is talented. Is a legit BM 78 horse and after sitting at the tale here over 900m, he rounded them up effortlessly and strode clear. Looks back better than ever. And can stay.

DISSOLUTE: Is fit already but he jog trotted when 5th in 900m trial. He's busting to have a race and on a Saturday at say BM 80 level, he looks a special.

FAROLITOS: looks back and looks back in super style. Has had just the one race in 2 years and that day was wide all way when 6th. That was 5 months ago. Needed this hit out but will win soon.

DELUXE ROCKER: is a provincial Class 1 galloper who was given a quiet time in his trail when last of 7. See him in at Kembla or Newcastle, or the like, have a bet.

NATHULA: may make into a promising stayer and off this impressive trial, when 7th over 900m, he looks ready to run boldly first up. Is a Class 2 horse at the provincials but may well have midweek talent.

UNWISE: is a maiden 3YO filly with Godolphin but I doubt she'll be a maiden much longer. Was doing best work late under restraint in quickish 900m trial. If you see her in at the provincials, would be worth having a few bob on.


GOTTA MINUTE (Choisir-Seeyalater) this is a fast filly who looked extra good when 2nd in good time. She led and was run down quite comfortaby but was held together and looked like she could have won easily if Corey Brown had let her go.

PEDICEL (Redoute's Choice-Cleanup) was pushed out but won her trial in good style and in pretty quick time. Yet to race but already is looking for 1200m or further. Strong pedigree suggests she is pretty handy.

BEIDI (Stryker-Mingshan) was under restraint all way and had mouth open, pulling hard, wanting to run, but wasn't allowed to when 3rd. Is yet to race but looks above average.

I AM ZAIN (I Am Invincible-Zyoon) sat back near last all way and was 7th across the line beaten over 5 lengths in slow time. Didn't try one inch. Watch market when he races.

Rosehill Gardens - January 22 

Older Horses

ADDICTIVE NATURE: sat off a solid tempo in a Group level trial then just launched to win with his head on his chest in good time. This was impressive work. Looks certain to be a major player this spring.

FROLIC: was in same trial and was 5th but she was never let go by Hughie Bowman. Looked very fine as she galloped through the line.

READY FOR SUCCESS: gee the way this restricted class stayer hit the line would suggest only one thing - he's back and back better than last time where he won a BM 80 at Warwick Farm. Watch for him about 3rd up.

KOOKABAA: is a maiden with Chris Waller but wont be one for long. Was cantering 3 deep all way, and went to the line under his own steam to claim a 1030m trial. Is very fit and can win first up.

CHATUCHAK: did not come up last campaign but off this unplaced but impressive trial over 900m today, I'd say she is back...and back many lengths better. Is a Class 2 provincial galloper but can win that grade upon resumption.

SHOWTIME: was beaten into 2nd place but looked in need of the 900m run and the winner was ridden right out. Gross fellow who will need another trial but has many wheels.

ZA ZI BA: sat wide all way and still managed to get to the line for 3rd in good trial. Wasn't asked to really stretch out yet was finishing it off nicely.


ROYAL WITNESS (Star Witness-Confidential Queen) has yet to race but has star quality about him. Went to the line looking one of the best when close 3rd to Slipper favourite Performer. Will win races.

CLARO QUE SI (Lope De Vega-Star Over Kansas) was back and deep all way yet really rattled home in top 2YO trial to grab 4th behind Performer. Yet to race but looks gifted.

PEMBROKE CASTLE (I Am Invincible-Callista) is a Chris Waller youngster who has yet to race but today he was asked to stretch out and he duly obeyed. Looked very fast and strong leading all way and really leaving big gaps in the field.

OMAR (Snitzel-Ichihara) looks very, very smart. To me, he was the standout juvenile trialler. Ran well held 3rd here behind another unraced talented one called Ringerdingding, but I got the impression they didn't want to show the world what he has. I'm on the moment I see him engaged.

FALLGOLD (Exceed and Excel-Raspberries) is a filly who is yet to race but did look like an athlete when a hard held 4th in quickish 900m trial. Is with Godolphin so expect bold showing when she races.

LABURNUM (Denman-Runes) sat wide and was held back from extending when beaten less than 3 lengths in debut trial. May need another run, but has talent as she was under restraint late.

Rosehill Gardens - January 8 

Trial 1 (1030m) 1:02.30
A much improved effort from DANZIE who scored by nearly four lengths and did it very easy. He trialled over 900m on December 22 and went ok, but Monday’s trials showed he’s really come on and is ready to run a nice race fresh. He won on debut and was runner-up in his only other two starts so is obviously a consistent type with ability. 

Trial 2 (1030m) 1:02.10
ENDLESS DRAMA is yet to win in Australia but was Group 2 placed among three disappointing runs in Group 1 races. He settled off the pace and cantered up to take the lead on the home turn before winning comfortably in good time. Always trials well but this was his best piece of work and he should be breaking through this time. 


Trial 6 (900m) 53.80
Equally the quickest of the 900m heats and the quickest of the two-year-olds was won by Estijaab but it was Chris Waller’s I Am Invincible filly, FIESTA, that impressed most. She sat behind the speed and effortlessly cruised to the line, keeping up with the winner as she was being eased toward the line. Was placed in both runs last campaign but has clearly come back much bigger and stronger and is in for a good campaign. 

Trial 7 (900m) 54.80
RIVER BIRD was very green finishing in 3rd place but possesses a nice turn of foot that will take her a fair way. The daughter of Epaulette jumped awkwardly and settled last but she really started to lengthen in the straight and was finishing so fast she had to be restrained in the final 50m before she overdid it. Would like to see her trial again but would be happy to be on at nice odds when she debuts. 

Trial 8 (900m) 54.00
Breeders Plate (1000m) winner PERFORMER will be looking to remain unbeaten when he resumes and if this trial was any guide, he’s come back in sensational order. The Exceed And Excel colt was never asked for an effort at any stage and simply cruised to victory.  

Randwick - December 29 

Trial 2 (1045m) 
Finishing back in 5th place, some four lengths from the winner, was the John O’Shea-trained KAEPERNICK – but don’t let that discourage you from backing him first-up. The son of Fastnet Rock has three wins and two placings from eight fresh runs and was making good ground from last place without being asked for much. 

Trial 4 (1045m) 1:00.80
This was the quickest of the 1045m heats by a long way and it was the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained GLOBAL GLAMOUR that stood out. The dual Group 1 winner was slowest to begin but quickly mustered speed to sit second outside Spending To Win who she beat off with ease in the straight to win by four lengths. Was never really asked for an effort while Spending To Win was hard ridden to the line. Stablemate SIEGE OF QUEBEC made late ground to get into 3rd place and looks to have come back in great order.

Trial 6 (1045m) 1:02.40
Two to follow from this maiden heat. Firstly, FOXTROT TANGO led them up comfortably and was restrained for the entire straight as others were pushed out to get past him. Looked to have plenty to offer and should be competitive first-up. Secondly, PARISIANS did little on debut but seems to have returned in good order and was rocketing home under light pressure to grab 2nd place. Both horses had one start in their first campaigns before going for a spell, and it looks like both have benefitted from the break. 

Trial 7 (1045m) 1:02.30
The David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-prepared NOMOTHAJ won the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) on debut and impressed in her first public Sydney outing. The Snitzel filly was restrained from the outset and covered ground three deep without cover on the turn before gapping them in the straight. Got a little tired toward the line but will come on from that and should be effective over 1000m to 1100m first-up. 


Trial 8 (735m) 0:43.70
I just loved the trial of the Mark Newnham-trained GENTLE PERSUASION – but she still needs educating. The More Than Ready filly was very slow to begin (3 to 4 lengths) and settled last throughout before getting to the outside and flashing home for 4th. Showed a great turn of foot and surely has some wins in store. 

Trial 10 (735m) 0:43.80
One thing was clear in this heat - trainer Gary Portelli wanted EXCELTIC to win. The unraced Excelebration colt was snagged back to last by Tye Angland where he settled along the rail. Entering the straight he was trapped behind a wall of horses so Angland switched him around four sets of heels and got him to the outside where he rounded them up in the final 75m. 

Trial 11 (735m) 0:43.90
A similar story for another Portelli runner with PATRON BLACK flashing home from last to score impressively. Racheal King was aboard this Patronize colt, and when she asked him to quicken down the outside, he responded like a good horse to finish best. 


Trial 12 (735m) 
An impressive effort for MOSS TRIP to figure in the finish here. He was still last with 150m to go and was absolutely bolting behind runners. Tye Angland found some clear room at the 100m mark and he exploded past five runners to grab 2nd place without being pushed right out. Has come back in great order and is a first-up winner previously. 

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