Superstar and Sales Topper Impressive at the Randwick Trials
A strong set of barrier trials at Randwick on Monday which saw plenty of top notch gallopers including superstar sprinter Sunlight warming up for her Everest tilt, and the Magic Millions sales topper again impressive as they build up for the spring.
Heat 1: Less than two lengths covered the top five – Baller, Dreamforce, Dothraki, Nakeeta Jane, Greysful Glamour and Happy Clapper. Baller (High Chaparral (IRE) x Fuwa (Encosta De Lago)) has had three wins from his weight starts and finished a creditable fifth in the Gr.1. Galaxy last preparation. Judging by this trial he’s come back very nicely indeed.
Heat 2: The promising three year-old filly Libertini (I Am Invincible x Aloha (Encosta De Lago) ) was another highly impressive winner for the Anthony Cummings stable. Winner of the Listed Woodlands Stakes at Scone at her last start, she’s obviously returned well also.
Heat 3: The star of the show was three-time Group One winning mare, Sunlight who was barely let out of second gear winning comfortably. She is due another trial before resuming on September 7 in the Concorde on her way to The Everest. Runner-up Mizzy (4m Zoustar x Missy Cummings (Magnus)) is an interesting, with only the one minor win from 13 stats but did finish fourth in the Gr.1 Surround Stakes and Gr.1 Coolmore Classic last campaign.
Heat 4: An interesting winner in Stellar Impact. A new recruit for the Waterhouse/Bott stable, she is a Japanese import by Deep Impact out of Topliner, so a half-sister too US Group One winner Star Billing. This was her second trial in Australia, having finished second at Randwick on July 30.
Some other notable winners included:
Pretty Brazen (3f Brazen Beau x Pretty Penny (Encosta De Lago)) which beat the older horses in her heat. She finished 4th in the Blue Diamoond Preview in January and returned with an easy maiden win at Murray Bridge last month.
Fiery Red (3c Pierro x Blazing Snitzel (Snitzel)) from the Snowden stable. He remains a maiden after three runs so far but has been tested in tough company each time in the Gr.3 Breeders Plate, Pierro Plate and Gr.2 Skyline Stakes so has obviously shown his connections plenty from the start.
Faretti (3c I Am Invincible x Tai Tai Tess (Magic Albert)), the $2 million Magic Millions sales topper from 2018. He’s won all of his four barrier trials to date but only been seen at the races once so far, when well beaten on a soft track in the Gr.2 Silver Slipper Stakes.