Barrier trial blackbookers (SA) – horses to follow from the South Australian barrier trials

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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:

Morphettville - July 19


Trial 2 (1000m) 1:00.12
It was no surprise to see SUNLIGHT winning this heat, but she did it so effortlessly and looks to have come back in great order. As if made to order, Chevite was pushed out hard to lead and was niggled along throughout to set a good tempo for Sunlight. The Tony McEvoy-trained filly settled on the outside of the leader and strolled to the front early in straight before kicking clear under soft hands and heels riding. Time was good, and she clearly had plenty more to offer. 

Trial 3 (1000m) 1:01.00
Another impressive trial from a McEvoy-trained filly with LAKE DISTRICT GIRL leading all the way for a very soft win. At her second start, she tried to lead all the way in the Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) but was run down by subsequent Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Enbihaar, Golden Slipper and Sire’s Produce runner-up Oohood and Champagne Stakes winner Seabrook. That’s some pretty hot form, and there is no doubt this filly has some class considering she finished within a length of that trio.

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:00.10
The quickest heat, and arguably the most impressive trial of the morning went to the Gordon Richards-trained GYTRASH. This two-year-old Lope De Vega gelding debuted with a 2nd placing over 1100m but then dropped back to 1000m and scored an upset win before again failing over 1100m when he was caught three wide without cover. He jumped well in the trial and soon drove through to lead, but unlike the previous two heat winners who strolled out and where never under pressure, Gytrash was actually hard held over the concluding stages and could have gone quicker at an even gallop. He’ll be winning this campaign. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Sunlight
Lake District Girl
Gytrash

Morphettville - June 21


Trial 1 (1000m) 1:00.16
This was by far the quickest heat of the morning and it was the Phillip Stokes-trained NODOUBTABOUTIT that impressed most. The daughter of Good Journey settled just behind the speed and took over on the turn before cruising to an easy victory over the former Chris Waller-trained Its Time For Magic who is now under the guidance of Will Clarken and had race fitness on her side. Nodoubtaboutit has a great fresh record and she’ll be hard to beat first-up over 1000m.

Trial 2 (1000m) 1:01.37
A very soft trial for the Richard Jolly-prepared HAZY LANE who finished 2nd and was under a strong hold going to the line. This was a near identical performance to her trial last campaign before she scored first-up in BM64 company and then won a BM82 a couple of starts later. She’s come back in top order and has some wins in store this preparation. 

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:01.08
Lloyd Kennewell’s LA POMME DE PIN was eased down to a canter in the last 200m and still scored by three lengths in handy time. The I Am Invincible filly was outstanding winning the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic (1000m) on a Soft 7 last campaign before disappointing next start and going for a spell. She ticks the wet track box, has strengthened up looks to have come back in great shape.

Trial 5 (1000m) 1:01.33
These 2YOs simply couldn’t go with the Tony McEvoy-trained VIETTI as the daughter of I Am Invincible cruised to a three-length victory and was never out of second gear. She’s nominated for Morphettville on Saturday and it will take a smart one to beat her.

BLACKBOOKERS:
Nodoubtaboutit
Hazy Lane
Le Pomme de Pin
Vietti


Morphettville - April 5


Trial 1 (1000m) 59.62
VIDDORA was all class as expected in the opening heat. She was last to begin but quickly mustered along the inside before hitting the front early in the straight and being eased right down with 100m to go. In for another big campaign. 

Trial 2 (1000m) 58.85
Shane Oxlade’s speedy mare, IT’S BEEN A BATTLE, won this heat by five in the quickest 1000m heat of the morning, and she was never asked for an effort. She did it tough first-up in the Matrice Stakes (1200m) when having to work hard early from the wide gate. She has such a high cruising speed and is sure to prove hard to catch in whatever she contests. 

Trial 3 (1000m) 1:00.46
Phillip Stokes’ 2YO Ocean Park gelding, DANCER’S KIN, sat three wide without cover and was never asked for an effort but proved far too good in the run to the line. He finished runner-up in his first two starts and wasn’t beaten far when 3rd in the MM 2YO race at Morphettville. Fourth-up with a soft trial under his belt, he should prove hard to beat next time. 

Trial 5 (1000m) 1:00.46
We found MUSIC BAY in some earlier trials and she won on debut for us, but this was arguably her most impressive trial to date and she can go back to back. She sat behind the speed and just ambled up to the lead with real authority and was under a strong hold. I think this filly might be something special so stick with her. 

Trial 8 (1000m) 1:00.12
Tony McEvoy considered A THOUSAND DEGREES good enough to go into the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) on debut but he finished a distant last and was never in the hunt. He showed good early speed to take up the running and was very soft to the line. Can win first-up in something easier.


Gawler - March 8


Trial 1 (1000m) 1:00.10
LOPE DE CAPIO won this heat in the quickest time of the nine 1000m trials and was never out of second gear as he cruised to the line. He goes well fresh and did claim two Listed races last campaign. Looks to have come back well after an 18-week break and can fire fresh.

Trial 2 (1000m) 1:00.92
MANUEL was happy to settle for 2nd place here as he cruised to the line while the winner, Lady Silhouette, was under hard riding. He didn’t measure up when tested at Listed and Group level last campaign but then strung two wins together when dropping back to BM64 and 70 grades – that may be his level but if he takes the next step, higher grade isn’t beyond him. 

Trial 3 (1000m) 1:01.81
TENDERLY was a clear standout in this 2YO heats after showing good early speed and getting out to a big lead before being eased up late and going to the line with her ears pricked. The Stratum filly was only average in her first trial and looks to have come on significantly since then. If she can take the next step ahead of her debut, she can pick up a nice race.

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:01.85
Equally as impressive as Tenderly in the previous heat was Phillip Stokes’ unraced Choisir filly MUSIC BAY. She settled behind the speed and covered ground, but I really love the way she lengthened down the straight and rounded them up without being asked for an effort. Just looks like she might possess a nice turn of foot that will take her far. 

Trial 7 (1000m) 1:01.23
Another one from the Stokes stable with BROADBAND going on to score a very soft win. She’s already a Group 3 winner and runner-up but has failed to produce that form in both spring campaigns. Was dominant last autumn and has come back in great order.


Morphettville - February 22


Trial 1 (1000m) 57.82
The quickest of the 11 1000m heats was won by IT’S BEEN A BATTLE and boy was she impressive. The daughter of Nicconi is trained by Shane Oxlade and has already won four from eight, but judging by this trial, she’s returned better than ever and should be winning first-up in a suitable event. She ran super quick time and was never asked for an effort – ultra-impressive.

Trial 2 (1000m) 58.20
The second heat of the morning was run in slightly slower time but the first two home were equally impressive. ENTRANCING and AKKACAN went to the line untouched and put five lengths on the rest of the field. Both are seasoned sprinters with fair first-up records.

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:00.29
Time was average in this 2YO event but the unraced BOMBE ALASKA led throughout and scored by two lengths and was never asked for an effort. The Sizzling colt is trained by Michael Hickmott and looks to have a bright future.

Trial 6 (1000m) 1:00.67
This heat was won by Secret Vega but it was the Tony McEvoy-trained SHOW PRIDE that I want to follow. He finished 2nd but was hard held down the straight, and he’ll only improve as the distances get longer. He’s by Showcasing who has produced 19 Stakes winners including New Zealand Derby-performer and Karaka Million 3YO Mile winner Raghu. 

Trial 8 (1000m) 59.60
A testing hit-out for the unraced PERFECT FOX who came from well back in the field and mowed them down. Trainer Phillip Stokes gave him three trials in September and October of 2017 before sending him for a spell, and this trial was a much-improved effort. Still looks a bit green but has some talent.

Trial 12 (1200m) 1:13.72
SPUR ON GOLD showed surprising dash to win this heat when coming from last on the bend and squeezing through a gap under little pressure. His only win for Grant Young last campaign was fourth-up over 3600m at Oakbank so to be so sharp over 1200m, I think he’s come back in great order. Young has his stable flying this year and considering Spur On Gold had his first start for Young around the same time last year, I’m guessing he’s setting him for Oakbank again. Watch his first couple and then jump on board until he wins.


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