Trial Watch Reviews: 3rd June 2022

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Randwick and Gosford on June 3.

YOUTH SPIRIT Picture: Pat Healy Photography


Randwick A Grass; Soft 7

13 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 7 x 1045m (3 Open; 2 2YO; 2 Maiden); 5 x 742m (1 Open; 3 2YO; 1 3YO)

Nothing exceptional but several previously noted trial stars confirmed their earlier form with repeat performances that augers well for their coming engagements.

Several new imports also showed up with strong trials.

DE AN ANDRETTI (Ron Quinton): This I Am invincible sister to Libertini is primed for a successful winter campaign off this impressive return in her first trial since last spring. Settled easily in midfield in the quickest 742m heat won by WOLF QUEEN (44.42; 33.65) and was kept under a tight hold throughout by Andre Adkins before working smoothly to the line for a soft third. Her only two starts have been well spaced and saw her go from a provincial maiden win to a heavily supported start in Group 2 company – speaks volumes for the opinion held of her by connections. This heat should be a strong form reference with BEEP TEST, TWITCH and SHADES OF ROSE all performing with credit.

The only 1200m heat (75.63; 3.55) was won by the imported YOUTH SPIRIT, a 4YO by Camelot in the Waterhouse/Bott stable with a G3 win over 2400m to his credit in the Chester Vase. This was his second local trial and his on speed win was typical of the prep this stable gives their imported stayers. There was some depth in this heat with other imports IRISH LEGEND and CADRE DU NOIR and the good local stayers PECUNIARY INTEREST and LAURE ME IN all taking the eye with strong trials. Pecuniary Interest passed a barrier embargo applied on June 1 when he failed to jump at Warwick Farm.

John O'Shea's classy mare FASHCHANEL bounced back from her last start failure at Scone to win the fastest 1045m heat (63.98; 35.08), getting the better of the G1 winner SHOUT THE BAR in the last 50m under a quiet ride from James McDonald. Expect both these mares could be heading to Brisbane.

FASHCHANEL Picture: Steve Hart

The imported UK winner SIYATA, also beaten at Scone in her Australian debut for John O'Shea, showed better form to win her 1045m open heat (64.96; 35.31) from MORIOKA, interestingly the only runner at this session from the Waller stable. This looks reliable form with the talented KING OF SPARTA having an easy time finishing fifth.

Other O'Shea runners to trial well included the talented pair BLESK and JAI LEI finishing second and third in their 1045m heat won by the running SNEAKY PAIGE (64.67; 34.66). The winner, a 3YO filly by Deep Field, is a midweek maiden winner who has been noted in four trials since April and is set to run boldly first-up.

Unraced Spirit Of Boom gelding SPIRIT OF VOMO, having his third trial, recorded the quickest win in the two 2YO heats over 1045m (64.62; 35.93) but I would mark the runner-up HAATHER and his stablemate GILMORE (fourth) as two to follow from this heat.

John O'Shea's unraced Snitzel colt ZOUKERINO posted the quickest time in the three 2YO heats over 742m (44.61; 33.80), sitting wide and covering the most ground in his best effort in three trials to date. Runner-up MARTIAL MUSIC was having his first trial with this Your Song youngster showing good promise to hold his ground easily under no pressure.

In a slower 742m heat for the youngsters won by PASSEGGIATA (45.08; 34.20) it was hard to miss the finishing effort of the unraced ROTORUA running fast sectionals from the 400m. She was ridden with no urgency to settle a long last and was still 12 lengths from the leaders at the 200m before surging over the last 100m to beaten 5.5 lengths with her best work through the line. Her Mark Newnham-trained stablemate CRUIZINGDAFIELD was another eye catcher working in similar style from well off the pace and their progress will be watched with interest.

The 3YO heat over 742m was won by WHY DOUBT in slower time (45.07; 34.28). Runner-up BARTOSELLI worked well within himself and could have won the heat if put under the same pressure as the winner. The promising pair MISS MYA and PIZARRO were ridden with no urgency before warming up late with strong work over the last 100m.

The 3YO filly WOLVES, previously noted with a sharp trial at Gosford on May 18, was ridden confidently by Hugh Bowman to cover ground but still win her maiden heat over 1045m (65.43; 36.18) with something in reserve. The placegetters WOOLWICH and NULLIFY also found the line nicely.


XX De An Andretti

X Bartoselli; Blesk; Cadre Du Noir; Cruizingdafield; Fashchanel; Gilmore; Haather; Jal Lei; Martial Music; Miss Mya; Morioka; Nullify; Pecuniary Interest; Pizarro; Premise; Rotorua; Shades Of Rose; Siyata; Sneaky Paige; The Milkybar Kid; Twitch; Wolves; Woolwich; Zoukerino

Picture: Gosford Race Club


Course Proper; Heavy 8

19 Heats – 7 x 1000m (4 Open; 3 Maiden); 12 x 800m (6 2YO; 2 Open; 4 Maiden)

The usual big number of trials dominated by the top stables from Newcastle with Kris Lees winning five heats.

ASHERLA (Kris Lees): This lightly raced Astern filly won a Gosford trial on May 18 and had no trouble repeating in her 800m heat (50.75; 37.11), dictating the pace with ease and running to the line at her own leisure for a soft win by 2.7 lengths, notably wearing ear muffs.

BRUDENELL (Kris Lees): Unraced Russian Revolution colt went into the blackbook when he won a trial at this course on May 18 and made further improvement at this session to win his 800m heat with authority in the fastest of the 12 heats over the trip (49.71; 36.69). Sat off the leader until the 200m where he went up a gear to run away and score by almost two lengths.

CHAMELEON CHOICE (Matthew Smith): This maiden filly came from Warwick Farm to post the quickest time in the seven heats over 1000m (63.19; 37.52), doing it with some style to cruise through the going and clear out to score by almost eight lengths. One placing in three starts last year before two recent trials that indicate she has improved.


XX Asherla; Brudenell; Chameleon Choice

X Vanilli; Brazen Song; Deep Opinions; Denarvi; Jacquine Reward; Isledon; Oakfield Arrow; Taking The Mikki; Thrill To Brazil; True Crime

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Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports
Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.