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Cranbourne Barrier Trial Black Bookers September 18 - horses to follow from the Victorian trials

  • Make sure WILLIAM THOMAS goes in the black book right now.
  • 10 horses to put in the blackbook

A big morning of barrier trials saw 26 heats conducted on a Heavy 9 track at Cranbourne on Monday, September 18.  

A few stood out as potential winners and can be followed in their upcoming assignments.

Here are my horses to follow from the Cranbourne barrier trials:

Trial 1 (1190m) 1:17.91
Craig Williams was aboard Godolphin galloper IT’S SOMEWHAT as he cruised home to score a soft win in the quickest of the three 1190m trials. The reigning Doncaster Mile champ did win the Ajax Stakes (1500m) when first-up last campaign and he did enough to suggest he’s going well this time in. 

Trial 2 (800m) 50.22
Bassett won this heat in average time but it was MALAGUERRA who travelled wide and was never off the bit, and THE QUARTERBACK who jogged to the line that were most impressive.

Trial 3 (800m) 49.11
The first two home, SELENIA and ILLUSTRIOUS LAD, worked strongly and were never tested down the running. The fact Selenia kept up with this top sprinter and shaded him on the line suggests she’s come back in great order and is ready to be winning again.

Trial 9 (800m) 49.28
Regis Command was under hard riding and did a good job when charging home to grab 2nd place behind Bookbuild who was also pushed out toward the line, but it was Ciaron Maher’s All Too Hard colt VILLERMONT that impressed most. He was very soft to the line and could have won the trial if asked to.

Trial 15 (800m) 49.70
DUNGENESS railed like a greyhound on the home turn and scraped paint down the straight to win this heat by five lengths without being asked for an effort. Others got out wide to find better going but Dungeness had too much on them. She won her maiden by six lengths before being narrowly beaten in BM64 grade and then went for a spell. Looks to have come back well and can win first-up on that effort.

Trial 21 (990m) 1:04.43
I really like this unraced Nicconi gelding WILLIAM THOMAS. He caught the eye with a fourth placing in his first barrier trial on September 4, and this trial was more impressive. He was slow to begin and settled well back and really wanted to attack the line despite being hard held. He was closing fast on the winner and I can’t wait to see what he can do with a bit of pressure applied. 

Trial 22 (990m) 1:05.25
Mick Price’s Pierro colt, OCTABELLO, was a narrow winner over Confluence on debut and has since enjoyed a nice break before this trial. He settled rearward and began to make good ground in the straight while under a strong hold. He’ll measure up in Saturday grade and could have some nice races planned out for the spring.

Trial 26 (1550m) 1:42.41
ETYMOLOGY brained Oncidium ruler by seven lengths after sitting wide throughout and he’s come back in great order. He’s a stayer with a lot of potential, and maybe he just relished the Heavy track, but to win the way he did over that trip was very impressive.

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Cranbourne Barrier Trial Black Bookers September 18 - horses to follow from the Victorian trials

A massive morning of barrier trials saw 26 heats conducted on a Heavy 9 track at Cranbourne on Monday, September 18.

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