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Trial Watch Reviews: 8th April - 16th April 2024

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Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Randwick (April 8), Warwick Farm (April 12), Newcastle (April 12), Randwick (April 15) and Hawkesbury (April 16).

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Inside Grass; Soft 5

17 Heats – 1 x 1250m (Open); 5 x 1000m (2 Open; 1 2YO; 2 Maiden); 11 x 800m (2 Open; 6 2YO; 3 Maiden)

Newcastle trainer has a talented sprinter in the right form to make a successful return to racing.

KIPSBAY (Nathan Doyle): Made the long trip from Newcastle for an impressive win to back up his recent trial placing on his home track. Travelled strongly outside the leaders in his 1000m heat before spearing away over the last 100m for a sharp win in the fastest of the five heats over the distance (58.78; 34.04). He's on song to make a winning return.


XX Kipsbay

X Be Real; Commanding Artist; Duck Egg Blue; Éclair Vitality; Fly Scotty Fly; Fourth Spargo; Jedibeel; Lizzie's Gem; Occult; Perfumist; Skit 'N' Skat; The Act


Randwick A Grass; Good 4

10 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 6 x 1050m (2 Open; 2 2YO; 2 Maiden); 3 x 737m (1 Open; 2 2YO)

Impressive return by a quality sprinter and another fast running juvenile from the top 2YO stable.

CANNONBALL (Peter & Paul Snowden):  High class sprinter made an impressive return from his summer spell, a break he needed after his trip to the UK last year. He finished fourth in the fastest 737m heat won by FAMOUS PEDRILLE (42.58; 32.63). While the winner was travelling on the bit in the lead he drifted to the rear some 15 lengths off the lead before steaming to the line over the last 200m to be beaten less than 2.5 lengths. Not the easiest horse to train but he's obviously coming up well and an indication of what he is capable of when right.

SHANGRI LA SPRING (Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott): Unraced Castelvecchio colt is yet another fast running youngster from Tulloch Lodge. Having his first trial, he was four lengths in front after 150m and kept running freely under no pressure to score by 3.5 lengths in fast time (42.63; 32.68).


XX Cannonball; Shangri La Spring

X Dame Commander; Embassy; Famous Pedrille; Highlights; Manwe; New Endeavour; Point And Shoot; Pulchritudinous; Regal Harmony; Shangri La Impact; Tullyheron



18 Heats; Soft 7

Inside Grass – 3 x 1207m (3 Open); 4 x 822m (4 Open); 4 x 819m (4 2YO); 4 x 816m (1 2YO; 1 3YO; 2 Maiden); 2 x 811m (2 Maiden)

Polytrack – 1 x 740m (Open)

A big set where the longer 1207m heats stirred the most interest as they featured a G1 winner, interesting imports and some rising talents.

Australian Guineas winner SOUTHPORT TYCOON trialled for the second time in Sydney since his Flemington win and never came off the bit to finish an easy third in the quickest of the three 1207m heats won by the import PERFECT PLAY (72.34; 35.64). He bypassed the heavy track in the Doncaster and can still make an impact on the Sydney carnival on the final day.

PERFECT PLAY, COSMIC VEGA and NEW ENERGY are imports to keep tabs on as they progress into their campaigns after pleasing efforts in their 1207m trials. The promising CITY OF LIGHTS also took the eye working home easily for an impressive fourth in her heat won by SHAMEONUS (73.43; 35.59).

The G1 star PRIVATE EYE was back on his game beating an inferior lot in his 822m heat (48.41; 33.31), an effort that gave the clear impression he wants to get back to racing over distances that suit him better than recent short sprints.

A couple of smart 3YO heat winners will be worth following in their right class.

SCARLET OAK (Chris Waller): Kermadec filly lands in the top stable off a debut win in NZ in March with this trial showing she has the obvious talent to go on with it. Her time wasn't quick (49.26; 34.73) but she did it easily to win her 816m heat with plenty in reserve.

SHE'S HIGH SOCIETY (Matthew Smith): Best trial by this unraced Deep Field filly to win her 816m heat in sharp time (47.70; 33.41). She's been to the trials five times in the last 12 months but this slick win by a soft three lengths says she's ready to go to the races. 


XX Scarlet Oak; She's High Society

X Call Me Gorgeous; City Of Lights; Doull; Emilia Jane; Excelladus; Jambalaya; Jolly Good Fellow; Kalino; Let's Go Barbie; Maquisa; Mr Artemisia; New Energy; Pink Baroque; Pisces; Private Eye; Prorata; Shezasiren; Southport Tycoon; Spring Lee; Stray; Tulle



14 Heats; Soft 7

Beaumont Grass – 4 x 1000m (1 Group/Listed; 3 2YO); 3 x 800m (3 2YO)

Polytrack – 5 x 1000m (3 Open; 2 Maiden); 2 x 800m (1 open; 1 Maiden)


X Aroha Stone; Brutal Bowler; Florida Sky; Harlem Queen; Much Much Better; The Escape; Wobbly Boot


19 Heats; Soft 7

Kensington – 1 x 1200m (Open); 2 x 850m (2 Open)

A Grass – 1 x 1200m (Open); 9 x 1045m (4 Open; 3 2YO; 2 Maiden); 6 x 735m (1 Open; 1 3YO; 3 2YO; 1 Maiden)

A big session for the Waterhouse/Bott stable winning 10 of the 19 heats.

CLEAN ENERGY (Adrian Bott/Gai Waterhouse): Impressive second trial by this unraced Zoustar filly, showing nice improvement from her first trial in November to win her 735m heat in sharp time (42.86; 33.02). Her keen sprint to the line for a soft win points to early success.

IKASARA (Adrian Bott/Gai Waterhouse): Nice improvement off his first trial by this unraced I Am Invincible youngster to run away with 1045m heat in good time (62.57; 34.53). Good pace and nice response when called on to easily put a margin on the chasers.

SPACEWALK (James Cummings): Good Group sprinter on his day and two recent trials have him ready to be a player in the right sprints at the Brisbane carnival. Classy win under a good hold in his 850m heat on the Kensington track (50.50; 33.61), running through the line with a lot to offer. The form looks good as the subsequent Randwick winner JOLIESTAR finished third.

Class prevailed in the 1200m open heat on the A Grass where the imported mare POPTRONIC, a G1 winner on Champions Day at Ascot, did all that was required to win the trial for her new trainers Waterhouse and Bott. She's won five of her 13 starts from 1700m to 2400m and expect she is being prepared for suitable Group races in Brisbane.

Other Waterhouse and Bott performers to make an impression included the heat winners REDBREAST, MADRINA and THE LITTLE PUMPER.


XX Clean Energy; Ikasara; Spacewalk;

X Amelita; Bases Loaded; Battle Of Vienna; Frilled; Insist; Jojo Was A Man; Madrina; Moonraker; Poptronic; Redbreast; The Little Pumper; Turned Down; Wategos

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