A big morning of barrier trials saw 27 heats conducted on a Soft 6 track at Cranbourne on Monday, April 3.
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) 1:14:52
While ABBEY MARIE looked impressive winning the opening heat, the Ciaron Maher-trained PEMBERLEY was equally impressive in 2nd place. He usually runs a big race either first or second-up, and he looks on track to continue the trend. Follow both.
Heat 2 (1190m) 1:14:75
MISS DUBOIS came from a long last to win this heat but was put under pressure. She trialled brilliantly last campaign and was unlucky in a few runs before winning two races at the end of her preparation. Has talent and can be followed again. Likewise, BRING SOMETHING trialled three times last campaign (each time he made the black book) and he ran a cracking 3rd first-up at massive odds. Went best in this heat and is in for another good campaign.
Heat 4 (800m) 47:09
The unraced KRONOS ran good time and I really like the way he started to pull away from his rivals in the last 50m. The son of Helmet showed good early speed and looks ready to run.
Heat 10 (800m) 47:44
IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE led them up and was never out of second gear as he held his rivals at bay. He’s by Hard Spun and will be better over longer but has good early speed and looks forward enough to win on debut.
Heat 13 (800m) 46:44
The speedy MISS VISTA was easily the most impressive of the morning clocking the quickest 800m trial. She coursed closer to the outside rail in the straight and was under a strong hold the whole way. This was a class field and she did it easy.
Heat 27 (1550m) 1:34:65
TOM MELBOURNE won by five lengths but it was the way he settled behind Use The Lot in 2nd place that pleased most. He really relaxed behind a good pace, and if he can take that to race day, it may see him improve by a few lengths. May have a good win in him next start.