Trial Watch Reviews: 7th & 8th November 2022

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney and provincial barrier trials at Wyong on November 7 and Randwick Kensington on November 8.

RUPERTAAR Picture: Steve Hart

RANDWICK November 8

Kensington; Good 4

18 Heats – 3 x 1257m (3 Open); 7 x 850m (2 2YO; 4 Open; 1 3YO C &G); 8 x 848m (1 F & M; 3 3YO Fillies; 4 Maiden)

A Bjorn Baker-trained speedster lit up this session that also featured some sharp trials in the 3YO and maiden heats.

BETSY'S FLAG (Mark Newnham): This unraced 3YO filly by Astern made quite an impression winning her heat over 848m (50.38; 33.34). She was back near last between runners but once into the clear at the 300m she surged past her rivals with ease and cruised through the line 1.5 lengths clear. This was only her second trial and suspect she is going to keep improving.

BLANC DE BLANC (Michael Freedman): The Freedman stable won both 2YO heats over 850m and while his Exceed And Excel colt FLUDWAY posted the quicker time (49.78; 33.02) this filly by I Am Invincible did it in style to record a soft win by more than three lengths in her heat and could have gone quicker (49.91; 33.20). She's a runner with a lot of upside.

HI DUBAI (Gai Waterhouse /Adrian Bott): Another unraced 3YO filly with excellent prospects. This was her first trial since April and she looked a real professional cruising in the lead to win her heat over 848m with plenty in hand (50.59; 33.75). While her time was standard there was a lot to like about her relaxed fluent action.

MICRO (James Cummings): This Godolphin 4YO has raced only once in 12 months but suspect he is primed to make up for lost time after an eye catching fifth in his open trial over 850m won by the smart mare ANATHUBA (49.96; 32.81). He travelled strongly on the rail behind the leaders and from the 400m to the 100m was under a big hold waiting for some clear air but it was all over by the time he gained galloping room. Loved the way he extended through the line and is sure to take plenty of benefit from this trial. Note he took on Group races after winning his maiden at Bendigo last year.

RUPERTAAR (Bjorn Baker): This stable likes to see their horses run in their trials and that's what this flying mare did from the jump as she led her 850m heat by three after 200m. She then sprinted away from them over the last 300m to win by almost seven lengths in the fastest time for the distance (49.11) with the feature being her impressive splits over the last 600m (31.97). She has recorded three of her four wins first-up so expect her to be ready to burn over a short course when she resumes.


XX Betsy's Flag; Blanc De Blanc; Hi Dubai; Micro; Rupertaar

X All Time Legend; Amathuba; Cruizingdafield; Fast Response; Hide Your Heart; Landfall; Princess Rayaa; Rotorua; Secret Square 

WYONG November 7

Course Proper; Good 4

16 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 7 x 1000m (4 Open; 3 Maiden); 8 x 845m (1 2YO; 3 Open; 4 Maiden)

The usual suspects dominated the results with multiple wins for the Nathan Doyle, Kris Lees, Kim Waugh, Tracey Bartley and Mark Minervini stables.


X Always In; Bergen; Brudenell; Bubbles For Me; Enchanted Heart; Exo Angel; Fleet Air Arm; Hellavadancer; Kissing Supido; Sir Godric; Smiling Prophet; Xpresso

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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.