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Morphettville Barrier Trial Blackbookers February 22 - horses to follow from the South Australian trials

  • 7 to follow 
  • It’s Been A Battle most impressive
It's Been A Battle does it easily

A total of 12 barrier trial heats where run and won at Morphettville on Thursday, February 22, where a few stood out as potential winners and can be followed in their upcoming assignments.

Here are my horses to follow from the Morphettville barrier trials:

Trial 1 (1000m) 57.82
The quickest of the 11 1000m heats was won by IT’S BEEN A BATTLE and boy was she impressive. The daughter of Nicconi is trained by Shane Oxlade and has already won four from eight, but judging by this trial, she’s returned better than ever and should be winning first-up in a suitable event. She ran super quick time and was never asked for an effort – ultra-impressive.

Trial 2 (1000m) 58.20
The second heat of the morning was run in slightly slower time but the first two home were equally impressive. ENTRANCING and AKKACAN went to the line untouched and put five lengths on the rest of the field. Both are seasoned sprinters with fair first-up records.

Trial 4 (1000m) 1:00.29
Time was average in this 2YO event but the unraced BOMBE ALASKA led throughout and scored by two lengths and was never asked for an effort. The Sizzling colt is trained by Michael Hickmott and looks to have a bright future.

Trial 6 (1000m) 1:00.67
This heat was won by Secret Vega but it was the Tony McEvoy-trained SHOW PRIDE that I want to follow. He finished 2nd but was hard held down the straight, and he’ll only improve as the distances get longer. He’s by Showcasing who has produced 19 Stakes winners including New Zealand Derby-performer and Karaka Million 3YO Mile winner Raghu. 

Trial 8 (1000m) 59.60
A testing hit-out for the unraced PERFECT FOX who came from well back in the field and mowed them down. Trainer Phillip Stokes gave him three trials in September and October of 2017 before sending him for a spell, and this trial was a much-improved effort. Still looks a bit green but has some talent.

Trial 12 (1200m) 1:13.72
SPUR ON GOLD showed surprising dash to win this heat when coming from last on the bend and squeezing through a gap under little pressure. His only win for Grant Young last campaign was fourth-up over 3600m at Oakbank so to be so sharp over 1200m, I think he’s come back in great order. Young has his stable flying this year and considering Spur On Gold had his first start for Young around the same time last year, I’m guessing he’s setting him for Oakbank again. Watch his first couple and then jump on board until he wins.



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Morphettville Barrier Trial Blackbookers February 22 - horses to follow from the South Australian trials

A total of 12 barrier trial heats where run and won at Morphettville on Thursday, February 22, where a few stood out as potential winners and can be followed in their upcoming assignments.

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