There were a total of 12 barrier trials conducted on a Soft 6 track at Geelong on Monday, January 30, and a few stood out as horses to follow.
Here are my horses to follow from the Geelong barrier trials:
Trial 1 (1040m) 1:02:03
Only three went around in the opening heat of the morning but BRITISH GENERAL did it very easy and went to the line better than Miss Rose De Lago who scored by a length. More importantly, I’d steer clear of Miss Rose De Lago first-up unless she trials again – she needs to improve.
Trial 4 (1040m) 1:03:41
Despite the overall time being slower than the boys, Tony McEvoy’s two-year-old filly, ROOMOOZ, was a star performer. She sat at the rear of the field, four and five wide without cover for the trip and ended up on the outside rail in the straight. You could see she wanted to duck back in and find the inside rail, but she went straight enough and put 5.5 lengths on her rivals without raising a sweat. She’ll be a major player in the 2YO sprint features.
Trial 6 (1040m) 1:03:00
LET’S GO TO RIO was an impressive winner of this heat but AEROPLANE also impressed. The former was runner-up at his first two starts and then broke through at his third run, while Aeroplane was a very impressive debut winner before failing up in trip and going for a spell.
Trial 9 (1040m) 1:02:40
The quickest heat of the morning was won by the David Bourke-prepared BISMARC. This was the three-year-old Happy Giggle geldings fifth trial, and his second this campaign. He cruised effortlessly up on the speed, got right to the outside rail and bolted away to win by nine lengths without being asked for an effort. Can certainly win a maiden on debut.