Weekend Racing Preview with Chris Scholtz: 25th & 26th November 2022

Chris Scholtz previews the Canterbury and Rosehill meeting on November 25 and 26 with selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

ROSEHILL November 26

RACE 4 (4) TONY BE: Former Kiwi got the monkey off his back with his first Australian win over this course and distance on November 16 when having his second run off a break. He won twice up to 1800m in NZ and the dominant manner of his last start win under 60kg was a firm indication that he is set to go on with it through this preparation. Gets McDonald from a soft draw and must be fitter.

RACE 9 (11) MR MOSAIC: Is there a better fresh performer in Sydney? Boasts an exceptional record of four wins and a second from five first-up attempts and is primed to do it again on his home track where he has won twice over this distance. It's a wide open sprint but he will sit hard on the pace from his good draw and is certain to run boldly under his light weight.

RACE 10 ((7) AKASAWA: Lightly raced 5YO made his metropolitan debut in emphatic style to win first-up at Canterbury on November 11, setting a new track record for 1250m in his first start for 11 months. He obviously had issues but he's now won five of his six starts and the way he surged through the line at Canterbury suggests he is destined to win in better company. Doubt he will regress in this class.

MR MOSAIC Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

RACE 1: 15-11-7-3

RACE 2: 6-1-7-8

RACE 3: 7-8-13-17

RACE 4: 4-3-10-1

RACE 5: 10-8-9-3

RACE 6: 9-1-17-7

RACE 7: 5-15-14-17

RACE 8: 10-8-7-1

RACE 9: 11-10-8-12

RACE 10: 7-12-3-10

TONY BE Picture: Trish Dunell


RACE 1: (15) ZOUKERETTE: Strong trial. Top stable has her ready to perform.

RACE 2: (6) REAL PEACE: Has scope for improvement.

RACE 5: (10) DEHORNED UNICORN: Should run well fresh off good trial.

RACE 6: (9) KNIFE'S EDGE: No shock if he goes on from big Newcastle win.

RACE 8: (8) KISS SUM: Fitter. Rates well on strong form last prep.

KISS SUM Picture: Steve Hart

CANTERBURY November 25



RACE 8: (6) HUON

RACE 1: 10-2-4-9

RACE 2: 9-1-10-5

RACE 3: 6-1-13-9

RACE 4: 4-3-5-9

RACE 5: 10-1-4-3

RACE 6: 4-11-1-7

RACE 7: 8-2-9-10

RACE 8: 6-3-8-1

KNIFE'S EDGE Picture: Steve Hart


NOTED TRIAL RUNNERS – November 23-24

CANTERBURY FRIDAY: Kai Tak (R1); Nostalgia (R1); Lalaguna (R1); Princess Rayaa (R1); Chilli Jam (R3); Jewellery (R3); Tolima (R3); Betsy's Flag (R3)

ROSEHILL SATURDAY: Kimochi (R1); Sense Of Humour (R1); Zoukerette (R1); Monte Ditto (R5); Dehorned Unicorn (R5); Rupertaar (R5) Rebel Rama (R7); Sunshine Rising (R8); Dajraan (R8); Enchanted Heart (R9); Surreal Step (R9)

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Fludway (R1); Bruckner (R3)


NEWCASTLE SUNDAY: Blanc De Blanc (R1); Zoukerette (R1); Sir Godric (R3); Flying Shelly (R6)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Xpresso; Richon; Cosmic Field; Estadio Mestalla; Kouklara; Sunshine In Paris; Wategos; Royal Merchant; Mabel; My Eloise; Taraashoq; Captain Bond; Hard To Say; Whinchat; Key Largo; Norwegian Bliss; Airman; Semana; Oakfield Arrow; Rainbow Connection; Altivo.


WARWICK FARM November 18: One of the best 2YO trials came from ZOUKERETTE, a Maher/Eustace filly who covered plenty of ground four deep before attacking the line for an impressive second in her heat over 798m (47.05; 34.16).Snitzel filly KAI TAK, an odds on failure at Kembla Grange, rebounded to win her maiden heat easily over 794m heat in fast time (46.78; 34.03) with plenty in reserve. David Pfeiffer's heat winner MONTE DITTO (804m 48.07; 34.38) is in good form for their next starts. SURREAL STEP impressed working easily to the line from the rear to finish second in the fastest polytrack heat over 740m (43.46; 33.12). AN open heat over 1205m was won in decisive style by the race fit REBEL RAMA (73.31; 36.36).

RANDWICK November 14: Not the first time unraced Zoustar filly NOSTALGIA has been featured and after four trials surely the time is near for her to make what many expect can be a winning debut. She was a class above her rivals in her 1080m maiden heat, doing it well within herself with James McDonald giving her an easy time without breaking the clock (64.76; 34.84).

RANDWICK November 8: Bjorn Baker likes to see his horses run in their trials and that's what flying mare RUPERTAAR 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). Expect her to be ready to burn over a short course when she resumes. Unraced 3YO filly BETSY'S FLAG 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. Exceed And Excel colt FLUDWAY posted the quicker time in the two 2YO heats over 850m (49.78; 33.02).

WARWICK FARM November 4: Gary Portelli is very good with his 2YOs and looks to have plenty of depth in his current team after winning juvenile trials over 800m with TANGO FEVER (47.78; 33.96) and SENSE OF HUMOUR (47.86; 33.95). Pariah colt SENSE OF HUMOUR showed good pace to lead on the bit and while his time was slower than his stablemates I liked his good response when called on for an effort over the last 200m. In the quickest juvenile trial over 800m (47.14; 33.46) the Portelli-trained Brave Smash filly KIMOCHI put in a strong surge to finish second, making up four lengths quickly over the last 100m. The unraced NOSTALGIA made an impression winning the fastest of the 740m heats on the polytrack (44.12; 33.40) with something in hand.

HAWKESBURY October 17: BRUCKNER has not been seen since last spring when he went from a maiden success to a G3 win to a G1 second in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. Top stable has the 4YO entire by Snitzel ready to make up for lost time following knee surgery after he trucked through his 760m heat in great style, sitting three wide and letting rip off the turn to run away with the trial in the fastest of the 10 heats over the distance (44.33; 32.23).


Eligible Blackbook Runners – November 26

ROSEHILL SATURDAY: Longvillers (R7); Kiss Sum (R8); Sneaky Paige (R9); Cavalier Charles (R10); I Am Lethal (R10)

GOLD COAST SATURDAY: Salateen (R7); Samoot (R7/R8); Kinloch (R8)

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Vienna Princess (R4); Belle Plaisir (R9)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Athelric; Bankers Choice; Turbeau; High Blue Sea; Pal D'Oro; Vilana; Key Largo; Argentia; Port Albert; Turaath; Minsk Moment; Rocketing By; Asfoora; Highlights; Greek Hero; Tuvalu; Lunar Flare; Tijuana; Loch Eagle; Ita; Top Ranked; In Secret; Golden Mile.

Blackbookers – Selected November 19

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BULLFINCH: Luckless. Has come up well.

MR ROCK IT: Handled rise in class. Progressive type.

NOT TO BE MIST: Needs at least 1400m.

SACRIMONY: Strong placing first-up. Should improve.

THE CUNNING FOX: Working up to his best distances.

TREASURED STAR: Too much traffic. Good mare.

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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 racingandsports.com.au as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.