Trial Watch Reviews: 7th March - 11th March 2024

Chris Scholtz reviews Sydney barrier trials at Randwick on March 7 and Hawkesbury on March 11.

LADY OF CAMELOT Picture: Martin King / Sportpix


Inside Grass; Good 4

16 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 8 x 1000m (3 Open; 3 2YO; 2 Maiden); 7 x 800m (2 Open; 3 2YO; 2 Maiden)

There was plenty of depth in the open trials plus a leading Golden Slipper contender strutted her stuff in a juvenile heat.

COMMEMORATIVE (James Cummings): Another super trial from this promising filly after she took the eye at the Hawkesbury trials on February 27. Loved the way she found the line to finish second in her 1000m heat (58.69; 34.02) with Zac Lloyd letting her run to the line under a big hold from midfield. Has the talent to match her big frame.

LADY OF CAMELOT (Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott): Back from her Blue Diamond Stakes second, she stamped her class on her 800m heat (46.72; 33.34) with an electric turn of foot to win running away by almost three lengths. Blake Shinn allowed her to settle behind two leaders before calling on her extend at the 200m with the response immediate. Her fast sprint to the line was a perfect prep for the Golden Slipper.

RED CARD (James Cummings): This mare is getting better with maturity with a dominant win in her 1000m heat 58.26; 32.53) showing she has gone ahead since her excellent first-up win at Rosehill. Led with ease and never out of second gear running a quick closing sectional. WOLLOMBI took the eye steaming home from last for third.

Other stars to impress with easy work in their open heats over 1000m included SUNSHINE IN PARIS, SUNBORN AUGUST MOON while the Waterhouse/Bott stablemates THE INSTRUCTOR, MONTY THE MISSILE and their 2YO ZOUBELLE posted fast times winning their 800m heats.


XX Commemorative; Red Card; Lady Of Camelot

X Agenda Setter; August Moon; Growing Empire; Jamacri; Monty The Missile; Slay Queen; Sunborn; Sunshine In Paris; The Instructor; Tuileries; Wollombi; Zoubelle



Randwick A Grass; Good 4

13 Heats – 1 x 1200m (Open); 6 x 1045m (3 Open; 1 2YO; 1 Maiden; 1 C1/Maiden);

The open heats featured several horses that will be key players in feature races over the carnival.

High class mare I AM ME took the spotlight with her impressive heat win while the G1 winner OZZMOSIS was beaten a nose in his heat but could have won the trial easily if asked for an effort.

I AM ME (Ciaron Maher): Primed for a big first-up performance after a classy win in the fastest 1045m heat (61.99; 33.64). Pulled her way to the front after 400m and was three lengths clear on the turn under a big hold from Blake Shinn. Under no pressure to maintain her advantage to the finish and loved the way she kept working strongly for 150m past the post. Classy trio HAWAII FIVE OH, LIBERTAD and SALTCOATS were ridden quietly back in the field.

OZZMOSIS (Bjorn Baker): Easy work for the brilliant 3YO in his 1045m heat (62.38; 33.55), leading under a big hold before PLATINUM JUBILEE was put under a ride over the last 200m to run him down on the line. Could have won the heat by a margin if asked with this hitout topping him off for his pending return after his earlier impressive trials.

KING'S GAMBIT bounced back from his Oakleigh Plate loss when resuming to win his 1045m heat in slower time (63.11; 33.59). He was last early but was keen to run with Tommy Berry allowing him to slip forward three wide from the 800m. Breezed home over the last 200m to win the trial while lightly raced filly WATCH MY GIRL impressed finishing third under a choke hold.

The Waterhouse/Bott production line rolled on with the top stable winning five of the six heats over 740m including the three 2YO trials with the promising MANUSCRIPT (42.36; 32.09); ZSA ZSA (43.48; 33.12) and PHENOM (42.94; 32.55).


XX I Am Me; Ozzmosis

X Ang Pow; Aye Aye Captain; Huetor; Killcare Beachgirl; It'sacircus; King's Gambit; Manuscript; Phenom; Physical Graffiti; Rise Of The Masses; Saltaire; Watch My Girl; Zsa Zsa

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