Warwick Farm Trials (21/1) Review
By Ray Hickson
Nature Strip did his thing out in front, White Moss confirmed she’s in fine fettle and thumbs up all around for Yes Yes Yes – connections and fans of any of the big names in action at Warwick Farm’s trials on Tuesday would be more than content.
There was no holding Nature Strip back in the 900m heat but at the same time he didn’t rip and tear, James McDonald keeping him in a controlled gallop and he travelled so well in leading all the way.
We haven’t seen White Moss at the races since last winter but for the second time in as many weeks the grey produced a strong trial, watch out for her in the mares Group races coming up, and TAB Everest champ Yes Yes Yes was just getting warmed up as the gallop came to a close.
The colt seemed to settle in third place easily and Nash Rawiller gave him a little tickle about 200m out, he changed stride and looked strongest on the line.
It'll be interesting to see whether Chris Waller kicks him off against his own age in the Eskimo Prince or against the older horses at weight-for-age.
Let’s not forget the likes of Alizee and Kubrick who weren’t tested and you really couldn’t knock any of the nine triallers in the Group and Listed heat though Cuba had excuses after almost dislodging Chris Williams at the start.
Waller is going to have some fun with Shared Ambition in 2020, the exciting import really caught the eye at the end of a 1200m heat and giving us a glimpse of the staying ability that took him to three straight wins in Victoria in the spring.
Attorney, another import with Matthew Smith, is two from two in Australia and there’s so much to like about the way he closed late to run fourth. He’s not as established yet as Shared Ambition but watch for him to move through the grades.
The standout two-year-old trial saw the in-form Ciaron Maher & David Eustace produce Goddess, a well bred Fastnet Rock filly, for her third trial win and second this preparation.
Goddess tracked wide in the 808m heat and was asked to move once they turned but she reacted well and drew right away late. She's a handy filly in the making.
The runner-up is well worth a mention. September Run you might remember was the filly who ran right off the track in the Inglis Nursery on debut but couldn’t be missed hitting the line late even though she only beat two home.
She took an inside run in the trial and wasn’t really asked for anything serious as Goddess swept home out wide. Don’t undersell her wherever she resumes.
It was Maher/Eustace over Waller again in the highlight trial for the colts as Setanta, the full brother to Merchant Navy, defeated Breeders’ Plate winner Global Quest.
Setanta was asked for a whole lot more than Global Quest, both having their second trials, and on face value you’d probably back the latter if and when they clash in a race.
Watch out for a Godolphin three-year-old filly called Seraglio to debut and it will be a winning one based on what we saw in her 805m heat.
Seraglio wins her Warwick Farm trial on January 21
From the family of Freemason, Seraglio was having her first trial and she sat off the pace then put them away over the last 100m or so in an impressive performance.
Another future debutant to highlight is Quiet Riot and you’d imagine Bjorn Baker will pick out the right maiden for this colt to make a winning start having now trialled five times in the past 12 months and now three times in the past six weeks.
James McDonald, who also rode Seraglio, kept the three-year-old well away from the fence for the entire gallop and was arrogant in the run home putting up three lengths in easily the fastest time for the 805m heats.
Honest mare Dawn Dawn signalled another solid campaign awaits in her 808m heat sneaking through late to run third. Worth noting Superium had an easy trial in the same trial ahead of possibly racing at Randwick on Saturday.