A total of nine barrier trials were conducted on a Soft 5 track at Strathalbyn on Thursday, March 16.
Three stood out as potential winners and can be followed in their upcoming assignments.
Here are my horses to follow from the Strathalbyn barrier trials:
Heat 1 (1000m) 1:04.640
Former Alice Springs-based galloper ZANDERCAN showed great early speed and just coasted to the line to finish 3rd. He was swamped late but the first two home were under hard riding while Zandercan was under a strong hold. This was his second trial under the guidance of Dennis O’Leary, and he should be fit enough to kick off with a win in the right race.
Heat 3 (1000m) 1:02.910
The David Jolly-trained ROCK STATUS worked home nicely in a time of 1:03.360 and was never under any pressure to finish 3rd. He’s won two from three first-up and looks on track to score first-up in a suitable assignment.
Heat 4 (1000m) 1:03.540
SPIRITUAL GIRL was an impressive winner on debut before going for a break and returning in this trial. She flew the gates and cruised along up front to hold the others at bay despite them being pushed out to get near her. Jockey Todd Pannell gave her a squeeze at the 100m mark and she quickly put four lengths on them – impressive and ready to win.