Rosehill Trials (19/2) Review
By Ray Hickson
As far as a carnival warm-up goes, Matt Dunn’s exciting galloper Care To Think couldn’t have asked for a better reintroduction to Sydney than his trial win gave him at Rosehill on Monday.
It’s been six months since the four-year-old brilliantly won a Highway and in that time his star has risen quickly through to his Magic Millions win last month.
We saw a different side to Care To Think in his 1030m trial, though it was probably due to the opposition more than anything else, as he sat outside the lead and put paid to the lure in the last 200m.
Even with a month between runs, Care To Think was entitled to account for his five rivals - one a maiden, the other four stayers – and it panned out perfectly for him as he scored in good time.
The gelding will take his five start winning streak to Royal Randwick on March 3 for the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) and we’ll find out then if he’s the serious Doncaster contender he looks.
Care To Think comfortably wins his Rosehill trial on Monday morning
Speaking of Doncaster hopefuls, Interlocuter and Mister Sea Wolf passed their first tests finishing just behind the placings in Music Magnate’s heat.
The Dubai-bound sprinter had a nice clean out, and the 900m trial was easily the fastest of the morning, before he boards the plane.
Could Spin be the forgotten two-year-old?
The colt, who ran fourth in the Breeders’ Plate on debut then second in the Victory Vein on Everest Day, has trialled very well on two occasions now and Monday’s win was a real eye-catcher.
Unlike in his two race starts, Spin settled last and was still there to the 250m mark before he started to move through the field and he picked up the leaders in time and looking to do it easily.
Given it was one of the slower two-year-old heats his effort to sprint home so quickly had merit.
Another quartet of youngsters to warrant attention came through two of the fillies heats.
Glamour Cruise led all the way after crossing from the outside, stacking them up then edging away again. She’s only had the one start and bumped into the ill-fated Elessedil back in October.
Closing in late was Godolphin filly Gododdin to run fourth in a pleasing effort as well.
Menari’s little sister Sweet Ava only won her heat narrowly but she seemed to have a reasonable amount in hand.
After working to sit outside the lead she held off the chasers, the closest of those being unraced Godolphin filly Cristobal who did more than enough to suggest she’ll win races.
And now to Tom Melbourne.
The seven-year-old, who became something of a punching bag in the spring with a string of near misses, really impressed as he wound up late to win his 900m heat.
It was a very interesting trial to watch with Kerrin McEvoy keeping Tommy right behind the speed down to the 200m before easing him across heels and allowing him to dash under his own steam.
Don’t forget he was a good thing beaten first-up at 1400m last spring and was placed in the three of the biggest mile around in the Epsom, Cantala and Railway Stakes.
In the same trial we had our first look at Chris Waller’s Irish import One Foot In Heaven and, as you’d expect at 900m, he wasn’t asked to do a lot aside from work home late.
He’s run in the last two Arc De Triomphes, sixth to Found in 2016 and 11th to Enable last year, and was Group 1 placed in the Hong Kong Vase in 2016.