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Colac Barrier Trial Blackbookers December 18 - horses to follow from the Victorian barrier trials

  • Royal Pegasus most impressive
  • A few unraced horses to follow
  • 5 horses to put in the black book
Royal Pegasus winning heat 2 at Colac

There were a total of 8 barrier trials held on a Good 3 track at Colac on Monday, December 18, and a few stood out as potential next start winners.

Jot these names down in your black book and hopefully enjoy a nice collect as they start to filter through in the next couple of weeks.

Trial 2 (800m) 45.86
The quickest of the six 800m heats was won by ROYAL PEGASUS and he did it easiest too. The unraced three-year-old son of Floral Pegasus showed great early speed to take up the running and was never put under pressure as he maintained a two-length margin to the line while the others were flat out chasing. He was eased up with 20m to go and had plenty left to offer. 

Trial 4 (800m) 46.82
It was the way that RUBY’S REWARD was handled in this trial that makes you think they either wanted her hidden so they can get a nice price on debut or they wanted plenty left in the tank for a big first-up run. Trained by Kylie Vella, the unraced three-year-old daughter of Reward For Effort showed superior natural speed but was restrained to sit a length behind Caribbean Pearl who went on to win the heat by four lengths. As they cornered, Ruby’s Reward wanted to get on with it but the jockey, Steven Vella, restrained her and almost pulled her up to a walk in the final 50m. 

Trial 5 (800m) 46.05
OAK DOOR was the biggest name at the Colac trials and did win comfortably, but he won’t find an easy assignment first-up and will need to improve on that. Still, went good enough to put in the black book. 

Trial 6 (800m) 46.28
The Robert Smerdon-prepared BAR FLYER finished 3rd in this trial, and although he has plenty to learn, he showed glimpses of brilliance. He settled around midfield and came to the outside in the straight where he was making up a little bit of ground but when Ryan Maloney put one around his backside he really accelerated for a few strides. Another crack on his backside and he accelerated again for a few strides but eased himself down without pressure applied. Under hard riding, this horse could show an explosive turn of foot. 

Trial 7 (1200m) 1:13.17
A very nice trial from a former Chris Waller-trained runner who is now with Robert Smerdon. Six-year-old High Chaparral gelding SADLER’S LAKE led throughout and got out to a six-length lead before being restrained from the corner to the winning post. He narrowly held the win and crossed the line with his head to the side as he was so hard held over the concluding stages. Change of scenery may switch him back on and he’s a very accomplished galloper on his day. Stick with him this campaign. 

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Colac Barrier Trial Blackbookers December 18 - horses to follow from the Victorian barrier trials

There were a total of 8 barrier trials held on a Good 3 track at Colac on Monday, December 18, and a few stood out as potential next start winners.

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