A massive morning of barrier trials saw 22 heats conducted on a Heavy 8 track at Cranbourne on Tuesday, February 7.
Despite the rain-affected track proving less than ideal, a few stood out and can be followed in their upcoming assignments.
Here are my horses to follow from the Cranbourne barrier trials:
Trial 1 (800m) 45:75
A classy heat to kick off proceedings and it was FLYING ARTIE that jumped well and headed straight to the lead where he rolled along with his head on his chest. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD and HEATHERLY sat in 2nd and 3rd respectively, and when it came to the business end, it was Heatherly coming home better under no pressure. All three trialled well but Heatherly is the one I’d be following first-up.
Trial 2 (800m) 46:53
Star sprinter EXTREME CHOICE was driven hard out of the gates and set a big lead up before getting into a comfortable rhythm and maintaining that to the line. SO SI BON charged out of the pack under his own steam and looked in great order – he has really developed into an imposing type – much like his dad.
Trial 4 (800m) 45:77
SUPIDO also went well in his heat and never got into second gear as he scored to a comfortable victory.
Trial 8 (800m) 46:31
Darren Weir’s unraced filly, TARCOOLA SPIRIT, clocked the third quickest time of the two-year-old heats but did it effortlessly out in front to win by seven lengths under a hold.
Trial 17 (990m) 59:35
THEANSWERMYFRIEND looked good in another trial but needs to get out over some ground. He trialled well on January 16 and then finished two lengths from the winner when resuming over 1200m. With another trial under the belt, I’d love to see him stepping out over 1400m next start.