There were a total of 10 barrier trials on the Morphettville Parks circuit on Thursday, April 13, and a few stood out as horses to follow.
Here are my horses to follow from the Morphettville barrier trials:
Trial 1 (1000m) 00:58.710
LOPE DE CAPIO was a clear standout running good time and doing it very comfortably. He defeated Tarco when first-up last time in and looks set to extend his good fresh record. NORTHERN ZHAR worked home strongly from the tail and can also produce a big first-up run – follow both.
Trial 2 (1000m) 00:59.630
BENZ showed his class winning first-up at Morphettville last campaign before heading to Caulfield where he took out the Zedative Stakes (1200m). He was caught three deep without cover in the trial and just coasted to the line to hold 2nd place, but it was SANDRELLI that charged home from near last to claim victory. This mare scored a good win over Counter Pulse when second-up last time, and going by her impressive trial, she’s on track for a nice win this time in.
Trial 3 (1000m) 00:59.200
Jockey Emily Finnegan didn’t move a muscle on ENTRANCING who began well, hunted up to take the lead and just cruised to the line to defeat Herne’s Oak who was under pressure. One of the most impressive trials of the morning and I’ll be sticking with Entrancing.
Trial 4 (1000m) 01:00.130
Not a bad time for the two-year-olds with the Tony McEvoy-trained MINTHA charging from seven lengths off the pace to win by two. The daughter of Redoute’s Choice finished 3rd in a trial back in November, but this one was much better and she shouldn’t be far away from her racetrack debut. Her dam, Hades, is by Encosta De Lago and out of 2003 Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Hasna. She looks promising!
Trial 7 (1000m) 01:00.220
TICKLE TORTURE is by Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider and out of the speedy Callipygian. Trained by Will Clarken, this unraced three-year-old gelding went to the line with his ears pricked and certainly has above average talent. Keen to see what he can do under pressure.