A big morning of barrier trials saw 19 heats conducted on a Good 4 track at Cranbourne on Monday, March 20.
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:
Heat 1 (1190m) 1:13:25
Pornichet won the opening heat of the morning but it was his stablemate, HARADAFULL that caught the eye. It’s been nearly a year since the Haradasun gelding has publically hit the racetrack, and he looks to have come back in great order. He was never let off the bit throughout the trial and just coasted into 3rd place with Mark Zahra aboard. He’s a stayer that will improve as the trips get longer, but he did win first-up (1400m) and second-up (1600m) last campaign before an extended break.
Heat 2 (800m) 45:88
This was the second trial for SPREADEAGLED who showed surprisingly good early speed to hold off the fast finishing Atmospherical and Malaguerra who were both put under more pressure than the winner. He did get a bit tired before the line and might be in need of one more run, but I’ll be sticking with him first-up. Best form is around 1400m and he has won first-up over that trip.
Heat 4 (8000m) 47:00
There were four two-year-old heats over 800m and DOUBT I’M DREAMING for John McArdle was the standout performer. He was closing quickly to narrowly miss behind the Mick Price-trained Sun Quan, but jockey Jamie Mott did a good job to hold him back and not let him win the trial. Had plenty of gears to go through and clearly has above average ability.
Heat 9 (800m) 46:00
I absolutely loved the trial of A STERLING DASH and can’t wait until she gets back to the track. Again, this was a McArdle/Mott combo looking ultra-impressive with the daughter of Dash For Cash winning in style. She was a long way off the leaders as they straightened, but when Mott asked her for an effort, she really started to let rip – so much so that Mott had to restrain her before she went on to win the trial by as far as she pleased. Goes well fresh and I think she can brain them in a BM64 when resuming.
Heat 12 (800m) 45:87
EVERYBODY’S GAL was 2.5 lengths from the winner, Bicondova, but she was well hidden in the trial and only got clear in the last 120m and was working home strongly under her own steam. First-up over 1000m to 1200m would give her the best chance to storm over the top of them.
Heat 18 (1190m) 1:12:82
The Robert Smerdon-trained FIFE ran much quicker time than Pornichet in the opening heat and looked very impressive. From a wide gate, jockey Ben Thompson restrained her back to last where she was under a strong hold. She was let stride through the field on the corner and went on to win the trial by three lengths but was never asked for an effort.