Another good Saturday for followers of The Trial Files and The New Daily with Testamezzo scoring a dominant win in the Magic Millions three year old trophy at Ascot.
Today we bring you a superb 2YO race from Warwick Farm along with a good race from the newly renovated Sandown track which returns to racing after six months on the sidelines. It is also exciting to see Wednesday metropolitan racing back in Victoria after a recent spatter of lowly graded provincial racing stole the midweek spotlight.
Warwick Farm Race 1 — ATC HCP 2YO NMW (1000m)
A no metro win handicap for the 2YOs over 1000m kicks off the program at Warwick Farm … and what a mouth-watering affair this is. A number of these have a big spruik on them and this spruik has been built on superb trials leading in.
2YO trials don’t come much better than that of the Waterhouse-trained 9 WANDJINA and for that reason the son of Snitzel looks set to start favourite here. He flew around in a recent trial at Randwick and raced away with a seven-length win in very smart time. His trial comment reads:
“WANDJINA – Bounded to the lead and travelled comfortably. Kicked superbly in the straight and they didn’t see which way he went. Extended extremely nicely and a lovely trial again. Started short and disappointed in a good race on debut. Expecting an improved performance second up.”
It’s important to note that he trialled extremely well previously and disappointed in the Breeders Plate back in October, when starting favourite. We’re willing to forgive him for that and have no doubt he can run a very good race here. Barrier 14 is a little concern but he can work forward at his own tempo and stay out of trouble from out there. There’s no doubt he has an abundance of talent and it is time for him to demonstrate that on the racetrack. He looks a major player here and also may be worth speculating at $15 for the Golden Slipper.
Both 5 GRUNDERZEIT and 6 HARRIER JET come out of the same trial, running the quinella on February 4, and both went very nicely. They extended well and put a huge gap on the third horse which is always a good sign. They both look to have talent and are from astute stables. Definitely worth respecting and they are worth including in multiples.
Waller also has the well spruiked 4 COUNTRY WARRIOR. The colt has been scratched several times since a couple of nice trials in January. He draws perfectly in barrier six, which is a big positive, and looks another key contender. Definitely worth including in all exotics.
Another that caught the eye at the trials is 11 AEROBAR. She, like a number of others with speed, has drawn out wide here and will need to show a clean pair of heels like she did in her trial to push forward and find a good position in the run. The same jockey/trainer combination (Gerald Ryan/BrentonAvdulla) as Saturday’s Lightning Stakes winner Snitzerland, they can continue their good form here. We’re expecting a nice run but barrier 13 does look a concern.
All in all, it’s a superb race and one that may be a key form reference leading into feature 2YO races throughout the Autumn. It’s a race that appears to have depth and you can make a case for a number of runners. Have to think 9 WANDJINA will be very well found in the market and for good reason. He looks a major player as stated above. 4 COUNTRY WARRIOR, 5 GRUNDERZEIT, 6 HARRIER JET and 11 AEROBAR all look to have futures and can be competitive.
Sandown Race 4 — 3yo Benchmark 70 Handicap (1000m)
Racing returns to Sandown after a six month layoff for track renovations. It will be interesting to see how the newly laid surface races and we would advise punters tread with caution through the first few races to see if any pattern establishes.
Although Race 4 on the card is just a Wednesday race, we see a fantastic field of up and coming three years olds do battle here over the short course. Such is the depth of the field we wouldn’t be surprised if a number of these horses went on to win Saturday races or even progress to Stakes Level.
3 CHLOE IN PARIS burst on the scene with two cracking runs over the early part of the Spring Carnival. She was thrown in the deep end on debut when faced with a talented opposition in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes but she put in a brilliant run on speed and was only nabbed in the shadows of the post. She then dropped back to the 1000M down the Flemington straight when again tasting defeat by a very narrow margin at the hands of Anatina.
This 3YO daughter of Exceed and Excel looks to have come back in super order for the Maher stable as noted in a recent Sandown trial:
“CHLOE IN PARIS jumped brilliantly and found the lead early. She travelled strongly and went wide into the home running but continued to travel strongly to the line under no pressure at all. Lovely trial.”
3 CHLOE IN PARIS has since had another trial at Cranbourne where she raced wide on the speed before being given a very quiet time in the straight. It was a nice piece of work.
This race looks full of speed with the likes of 2 NEAT FEAT, 4 SENOR JUEZ, 5 MOPAREE and 8 TANSY all looking to push forward. 3 CHLOE IN PARIS is drawn a touch awkwardly in barrier eleven and with the amount of speed drawn to her inside we suspect they might try and camp just off the speed, rather than lead as they did at both runs last preparation. With just the one bend to navigate barriers being wide isn’t a huge disadvantage over the 1000m on the Hillside circuit and we see 3 CHLOE IN PARIS getting a nice cart into the race, three wide with cover.
Our blackbooker won’t have things all her own way. 8 TANSY was super when second to Hard Stride first up for the Byron Cozamanis yard after having one previous start for Gai Waterhouse. This 3YO son of Purrealist then went for an easy kill at Stony Creek when romping to an all-the-way seven-length victory over the 1000m. He is a very speedy customer and from a soft draw should be in the race a long way.
11 PADDY’S GEM might be the horse closing over the top here. She was super on debut when defeating the very well-related Belle Couture. She then went to Flemington and was solid to the line when third over the straight six. She is a filly who is looking for 1200m and maybe even a touch further but given the likely strong tempo up front she can come storming down the outside.
6 ARAGONESE and 4 SENOR JUEZ were both Trial Files favourites last preparation with both providing subscribers with nice results after solid trials. Neither horse has been seen at the trials this preparation but both have above average ability and loom as major hopes in this race.
The strength of this race is evidenced by the fact the chances don’t end there. 1 SELECTIFTY won well on debut before finishing a close up third to the very talented Not Listen’tome at Listed level at Moonee Valley and 2 NEAT FEAT is a very speedy customer who broke their hearts on speed over the 955M dash last time out.
A brilliant race and a great spectacle for Wednesday racing. We are hoping for $3-plus about 3 CHLOE IN PARIS and at that price are happy to back her in off two very solid trials.
THE TRIAL FILES’ SELECTIONS
FOR WEDNESDAY’S RACING
• Sandown Race 4 – 3 CHLOE IN PARIS (each way if odds allow, otherwise straight out)
• Warwick Farm Race 1 – 9 WANDJINA (See preview for exotic numbers)
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