Every week we look at the trials and workouts from right around the country. Who’s impressing and who looks ready to race?
Chertsey trials Tuesday 21st November
Weather Fine / Track Fast (Ashburton)
Paramount Lady (2f Tactical Landing – Paramount Faith)
In the hands of her trainer Mark Jones, the 2yo half sister to Muscle Mountain went solo in this solid effort. MR:2:09.9, 800m in 60.6, 400m in 29.6. She qualified back in August but her three starts to date against the best 2yos have reaped little to date. Her breeding is to respected and with practice she should get better.
Franco Promachos (3g A Rocknroll Dance – Pepper Potts)
The Leacock-Jones trained runner got his qualifying ticket here by stepping straight to the front and running away from his 3 rivals over the final stages. MR:2:08.1, 800m in 56.9, 400m in 27.6. The overall time was nothing to write home about but the final sectionals looked positive. His dam won six and has already left two sub 2:00 min performers from her first two foals including Parker (7 wins) and he is foal number three.
Whatever It Takes (3c Creatine – Diedre’s Gold)
The Donna Williamson-trained runner settled fourth of four before improving to take issue inside the final 800m, surged to the front at the 500m and careered away from his three rivals in the straight, 15 1/2L officially. MR:2:11.3, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 29.2. This qualifying effort was quite a professional one and he looked solid throughout. Another plus is the fact that he is by a sire doing a very nice job currently.
Mighty Miki (2g Always B Miki – Touch Of Rose)
This Matty Williamson-trained runner caught the eye when qualifying second, just behind West Virginia, coming off her back to just miss by a nose, had raced fourth of five throughout. MR:2:07.3, 800m in 58.7, 400m in 28.3. Those sectionals off the front which made his run meritorious. His dam won four and was a handy 2yo and has already left five winners so he has a bit going for him.
High Energy (3f Father Patrick – High Gait)
Back from an Australian campaign and already the winner of eight (from only 11 starts) and close to $140k in stakes, the Purdon trained filly led and was not asked for too much as she was nabbed late by High Intensity (yet another by Creatine) who trailed her throughout. MR:2:10.5, 800m in 60.7, 400m in 29.2. The latter has won two from five on raceday and these two fillies could clash again on Grand Prix day in early December.
Kiss The Girls (6g Terror To Love – Duarunner)
The Jones trained runner officially only sixth in a nine horse field but never pulled out over final stages after racing in midfield and looked to have plenty in reserve. Heat won by a pacemaking El Chico. MR:2:04.8, 800m in 56.1, 400m in 27.4. The winner of six has not started in over a year and would have derived great benefit from this run, certainly one to watch out for if he makes it back to his best.
Henry Winkler (3g Rocknroll Hanover – Angela’s Dream)
The Fonz would have been very happy with this effort from the Smolenski trained gelding who stepped into the trail then put plenty of dash into his final 300m to clear out from his four rivals. MR:2:05.3, 800m in 57.6, 400m in 27.6. A recent qualifier with some breeding behind him, the 7L margin would suggest a maiden field well within his capabilities…..happy days !
Transtasman Bubble (3f Aldebaran Eagle – Anguish)
Only officially fifth of seven for the Holmes trained filly but she did come from last at the 800m to get within a length of the winner Special Effects and was stretching out in good style over the final 200m. MR:2:10.3, 800m in 59.1, 400m 28.9. Has twice from only three starts including finishing ahead of subsequent winner Mainbocher at her most recent start. On the breeding front, her dam is a daughter of Sungait Reb (15 wins + $178k in stakes), she looks a winner in the very near future.
Sonadora (3f Betting Line – Sue Dreamer)
Now with Mark Smolenski (previously in her four career starts with the Dunns), led out then trailed seven win mare She’s Tough, gave plenty of cheek to that runner over final stages in sharp sprint home, 1L away in 2nd. MR:2:09.6, 800m in 56.6, 400m in 27.5. Good enough to win on debut then place against the likes of Franco Sinatra in her first campaign, put aside for the winter and hasn’t started since May but one to consider in her own grade against her own sex.
Aldebaran Floss (5m Muscle Mass – Another Love)
The Swain-trained trotter trailed then popped out to lead from the 800m, ran clear of two rivals from that point. MR:2:15.4, 800m in 57.8, 400m in 28.4. Has had two runs back after being off the track for over two years. Was a Group 2 winner at three and has won three from 17 career starts, starting against the best of her age group. The time not startling but much to like about her final sectionals and looks to be a natural improver with racing under her belt
Rangiora Trials Wednesday 29th November
Weather Overcast Track Good
The Chase (3g What The Hill – Loveonthelawn)
The Barron-trained trotter had four rivals in this qualifying heat but three of them broke badly enough to take no real part and it was really a solo effort that him clear by 20 odd lengths at the line. MR:2:12.1, 800m in 60.8, 400m in 30.6. He was very solid throughout and comes with some breeding, going back to a prolific family developed by legendary trotting trainer Bill Doyle. As the name suggests, his dam is by Love You and won twice in a short career, one to respect on debut
Kamilla (3f Creatine – Dutchess)
Trained by Benny Hill, the as yet unqualified 3yo had no trouble leading from the mobile and at the business end had similar ease in proving far too good for her two rivals. MR:2:08.2, 800m in 60.8, 400m in 30.5. She is a half to three winners including the well performed Doff Your Cap (14 wins + $208k in stakes with a best time of 1:54.1) and while not overly big, had a nice way of going to suggest a maiden field would be well within her capabilities.
Cathy Freeman (2f Sweet Lou – Tres Vite)
The Mark Jones-trained filly settled back in 6 horse field, still had plenty to do 400m out, came wide on final turn and finished determinedly to grab a head win over Lady Boutique who enjoyed the 1-1 sit last 800m, both naturally qualified. MR:2:03.9, 800m in 59.2, 400m in 29.8. Driven by Sam Ottley, the winner looked to be finding the line under her own steam. Dam won seven in a short career and this is her first/only foal to date
Built For Glory (2c Bettor’s Delight – Fight For Glory)
The Telfer trained colt settled midfield from widest draw then elected to improve 1200m out to lead, kept going strongly to keep his rivals at bay. MR:2:02.5, 800m in 59.1, 400m in 29.1. This colt qualified way back in March just behind Major Hot and Vessem (both high quality performing 2yos) and of course his dam was a big winner on both sides of the Tasman, winning 14 and some $674k in stakes. He ticks a lot of boxes.
Warrior Chief (3g Sweet Lou – Here We Go Again)
The Gameson trained runner trailed two and three deep mostly before being asked to improve inside final 800m and sit parked, led 400m, kept up strong run to clearly outstay rivals. MR:2:02.3, 800m in 58.1, 400m in 29.5. He has been mentioned in this forum previously and it is noted that his last start (in early October) was against Don’t Stop Dreaming and other smart 3yos. Already a winner from just four starts and looks capable of adding to his record at short notice.
Franco Marek (5g A Rocknroll Dance – Miss Lisa)
Caught wide early, the Manson trained runner pushed forward to lead then sprinted sharply to keep We Walk By Faith at bay. MR:2:00.5, 800m in 56.3, 400m in 27.4. Didn’t get much of a go in last week’s Timaru Cup and has a good horse’s record, having won five from just 14 starts, punters should stay loyal to him. We Walk By Faith led then trailed, not extended to keep pace with the winner with the rest some 8L away. Did the business on Show Day at Addington and not finished yet for high profile stable.
Caserta Franco (2f Art Major – Cherish A Franco)
Not often a runner that runs last of six deserves a mention but the McRae runner bungled the start and lost considerable ground, only made contact with her rivals with 800m to run and not surprisingly elected to tuck in behind all the way down the home straight and looked comfortable enough over the final stages. Heat won by Ten Da Touch. MR:2:08.7, 800m in 59.5, 400m in 29.7. She qualified back in April and is a half to some handy types including Franco Cristiano (9 wins). One to watch out for especially against her own sex.
Muscle Mountain (6g Muscle Hill – Paramount Faith)
Back at the trials after the misfortune of The Dominion handicap on Show Day, the Hope trained superstar gave 5 lesser-rated rivals 40m start and after beginning swiftly to trail third, used the inside channel to finish best although the time not overly quick. MR:2:13.4, 800m in 61.2, 400m in 29.4. Nevertheless, the connections would have been ultra happy with the run under the circumstances and he looks on track to bounce back and show his true worth.
Pinseeker (3g Downbytheseaside – Nicky’s Power)
The Cox trained runner (1 start for 1 win) stepped and led, set leisurely pace before sprinting stylishly and holding off his more tightly assessed rivals in Live On Legend and Mandalay Bay MR:2:10.2, 800m in 57.5, 400m in 27.6. The debut was no fluke and he can continue on his merry way next time out. Live On Legend raced fourth of four then came on very well last 400m and his sectionals would have impressed watchers.
Pukekohe Workouts Saturday 25th November
Weather Fine Track fast
Major Achievement (3g Art Major – Atom Queen)
The Green-trained runner settled third of five and stayed there until stablemate and pacemaker Beaudiene Rocknroll went off stride 600m out, took the opportunity to take over and kept going strongly to hold his rivals at bay. MR:2:03.9, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 29.6. Maiden win was four starts ago and looks to be coming to terms with recent rise in class, might be better suited to Cambridge way of going.
Conrad H (4g Love You – Hilton H)
The Balle-trained trotter was slow away from the front line but able to trail ahead of 20m runners, back to third of four mid race, came around on final turn to outstay his more tightly assessed rivals. MR:2:12.3, 800m in 61.7, 400m in 30.3. Did ok last campaign and now getting ready for another crack. Hasn’t started since May but should be improved again this time in.
JT Boe (2g Always B Miki – Bettor Think Quick)
The Telfer-trained (and unqualified) runner sat last of three and was still there turning in, brought wide and finished strongly to grab his rivals last 50m. MR:2:03.8, 800m in 60.5, 400m in 29.4. Mum won nine and nearly $100k in stakes, this is her first live foal. From a good family and getting his raceday ‘ticket’ won’t be a problem.
Major Secret (2g Art Major – Presidential Affair)
Another unqualified pacer from the Telfer team, trailed two and three deep of four, and produced strong burst through the middle last 150m to win going away. MR:2:10.1, 800m in 62.1, 400m in 28.7. Also from a good family including A Fair Of Dance who won in 1:49.2 in America, race day debut can’t be too far away judging by this effort.
Note: I Didn’t Know That led for fun early on but ran off the track a lap out and dislodged his driver.
McKendrick (3g Sweet Lou – Beaudiene Beaut Babe)
The Dunn-trained runner in the hands of stableforeman Rhys Fensom, raced fourth of five throughout, still had plenty to do on straightening, flew last 100m to just miss picking up pacemaker Sharkies Girl. MR:2:04.0, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 28.2. Robert Dunn owns a share in this runner and up from the South Island where he has done his racing, last seen back in May and with natural maturity, should give a good account of himself in upcoming assignments.
Delightful Reality (3f Bettors Delight – Major Reality)
The Telfer-trained filly trailed pacemaker Change Tact throughout, challenged hard in straight, just missed in a close photo finish. MR:2:05.3, 800m in 60.2, 400m in 29.1. Only had the one start back in June but looks to be much stronger this time in. Plenty of breeding gives her a chance with dam being a half sister to Group 1 performers Ultimate Machete and Ultimate Sniper.
Slots (2c Sweet Lou – Spin To Win)
Straight to the front with the hammer down and far too good for his rivals, winning officially by 6L. MR:2:04.9, 800m in 59.0, 400m in 28.6. The Telfer team thought enough of him back in September to have him debut against the best 2yo boys in a Sires’ Stakes heat at Cambridge. The result wasn’t flattering but ‘where there is smoke, there might be fire’.Due big respect if he lines up in a maiden in the coming weeks
Winton Workouts Friday 24th November
Weather Overcast Track Good
Pay Me Speedy (6m Mach 3 – Pay Me Painter)
In the hands of trainer Chelsea Faithful, the four-win mare settled third of four before improving mid race to lead, came clear at the 400m to put 3L on her closest rival Rakamurph who led then trailed the winner. MR:2:02.8, 800m in 56.9, 400m in 29.1. Hasn’t won for a while but getting to become a mum might help the form.
Breeny’s Rock N Roll (5m Rock N Roll Heaven – Breeny’s Passion)
Now with Lyndon Bond, the mare gave her four rivals a headstart by being very slow from behind the mobile and raced in last spot mostly before taking closer order approaching the final turn, strong finish to come over the top of her rivals MR:2:04.6, 800m in 58.6, 400m in 30.8. Has only had the one start back in June (at Ashburton) when trained by its owner. Her dam was handy winning four but like her daughter didn’t really hit her straps until an older mare.
Raklou (2f Sweet Lou – Raksbet)
The Hunter-trained filly worked to the front in a quality four horse trial and kept going strongly to hold her rivals at bay MR:2:03.2, 800m in 55.9, 400m in 28.5. After some untimely setbacks in the spring, she might be ready to show her best, sectionals here suggested that is the case.
Always Ticking ran on strongly from three deep and looks like a natural improver, another quality filly.
Tact McLeod who hasn’t started since March but who created such a good impression when brought north to Addington was right in the photo after trailing.
Another getting ready for a new campaign is nine race winner Sand Wave who was happy enough racing fourth of four and wasn’t asked for a big effort over the final stages, look for him down south over the summer.
Ultimate Weapon (2g Bettor’s Delight – Reality Check)
A full brother to Group 1 performers in Ultimate Machete and Sniper got his qualifying ticket for trainer Nathan Williamson after racing midfield of five then finishing best to score with something in hand. MR:2:04.8, 800m in 57.4, 400m in 29.2. Has a lot to live up to, best start at the beginning and let’s see what unfolds
Wyndham Workouts Saturday 25th November
Weather Fine Track Fast
Caldwell (5m Sportswriter – Ask McArdle)
The Douglas-trained mare got to the front and sprinted sharply to come away from her four rivals in the straight, by nearly 4L at the line.MR:2:05.4, 800m in 57.4, 400m in 27.4
Was a last start winner for then trainer Kirsten Green but that was over a year ago. Connections have kept the faith and her dam was very handy.
Scruffy (4g Bettor’s Delight – Caballo Blanco)
When he last raced back in April, was trained by Kirk Larsen, now with Tyler Dewe, straight to the front in this heat and came clear in impressive fashion over the concluding stages, officially by 5 1/2L. MR:2:03.4, 800m in 56.5, 400m in 27.9. Didn’t show much in previous campaign but nothing ‘scruffy’ about this effort, stable gaining a reputation for turning horses around.
Cambridge Workouts Saturday 25th November
Weather Overcast Track Fast
Ice Fairy (2f Always B Miki – Snow Fairy)
The Neal-trained filly gets another mention after leading and proving too good for her three rivals in the hands of her part owner/trainer. MR:2:08.2, 800m in 59.1, 400m in 29.5. Still unqualified at this time but getting better with the experience and her breeding demands some respect, one to paste away.
Caufield (4g Sir Lincoln – Cosi Bella)
The Butcher trained runner led and had little trouble holding on from only two rivals including stablemate Brookside Girl (third of three). MR:2:03.8, 800m in 59.9, 400m in 29.4. This was a rather tame affair but what caught the eye was the winner of four now down to a 46 rating and freshened since last racing.