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Cranbourne Barrier Trial Black Bookers February 5 - horses to follow from the Victorian trials

  • Sly Song should be winning on debut
  • 10 horses to put in the blackbook
Sly Song charges into 2nd place

A big morning of barrier trials saw 22 heats conducted on a Good 4 track at Cranbourne on Monday, February 5.  

A few horses 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 (990m) 59.03
The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained MAIN STAGE was a standout in the opening heat and looks to have come back in great order. He settled in the second half of the field and was never asked to extend but worked home strongly down the outside to grab 2nd. Does his best racing at Flemington and may need a couple of runs but he seemed forward enough to be sticking with him in anything over a mile and beyond. 

Trial 2 (800m) 46.27
A nice trial by MISSROCK who finished off well to grab 3rd and was hard held toward the line. She has a great fresh record of four wins from five fresh attempts so it may pay to follow her in again at her first run this preparation.

Trial 3 (800m) 45.72
LORD OF THE SKY won in quick time and he was under a stranglehold for the entire straight. That trial should help him to settle in his next assignment, and despite being sold to stud last week, he’ll continue to race for now and has another nice win in him. 

Trial 5 (800m) 46.28
Grahame Begg’s impressive debut winner, WRITTEN BY, controlled this heat from start to finish and clearly did best as he cruised to the line while others were under hard riding. He quickly put three lengths on the field when he was briefly asked for an effort and was then throttled down again. Very impressive.

Trial 6 (800m) 46.23
Tatiara may have won this heat by four lengths but I really like the way SMART STYLE hit the line from a long way back to grab 2nd place. The unraced Smart Missile filly travelled widest on the bend and really motored home out wide under the slightest urgings of jockey Regan Bayliss. Should be winning a maiden on debut judging by that effort. 

Trial 8 (800m) 46.20
SIR KALAHAD led throughout to score comfortably and was hard held to the line and just wanted to go quicker. This All Too Hard gelding had plenty to offer and did debut with a narrow victory at Sale over 1100m on January 21. The trial would have kept him up to the mark and he can make the leap to BM64 grade.

Trial 11 (800m) 46.06
This was the second quickest of the 12 800m heats and it was SLY SONG that charged home under a strong hold to grab 2nd place. The unraced daughter of Your Song is trained by Wendy Kelly and can win on debut off that effort.

Trial 16 (990m) 58.72
A nice return by the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Medaglia d'Oro gelding CAERUS. He was unplaced in three runs last campaign but needed time and looks to have come back in great order. The trial was run like a race, and although Caerus wasn’t suiter over the short trip, he led throughout and kicked well clear when asked to. He may need a mile at least but is forward enough to run a race over 1400m.

Trial 17 (990m) 58.47
An interesting trial winner here with the unraced STEVEN leading throughout to score. Trained by Jason Bridgman, the Annekov gelding has trialled on four previous occasions since April 2017. Each of his trials was poor but following a 15-week break, this trial was impressive. He may be ready to go to the races now.

Trial 18 (990m) 58.21
Another one that has plenty of trial experience in MISTER SHIRAZ. The unraced Master Of Design gelding is trained by Allan and Jason Williams, and he impressed by settling behind the speed before taking over on the turn and doing his best work late to pull away from the rest of the field. He won a trial back in June 2017 and was given a nine-week let-up before finishing 2nd in a trial and then winning another. Returned from a 22-week spell to put in this effort and should be nearing his debut. 

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Cranbourne Barrier Trial Black Bookers February 5 - horses to follow from the Victorian trials

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