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Trial Files: Flemington 4/3/16

BY Matthew Welsh - @thetrialfiles
3 years ago Trial Reviews


TRACK: Inside Grass.


HEAT 1 – 800M

Time: 47.84

Certainly a heat to watch with the so-called ‘best sprinter in the world’ taking his place, CHAUTAUQUA.

As you’d expect CHAUTAUQUA was slow to begin and out the back early. It was the Russell Cameron-trained NIMINYPIMINY who took control from SLUMBERLAND though the first two furlongs.

NIMINYPIMINY really impressed in winning the heat. She hasn’t been seen since the Let’s Elope in September but she appears back as well as ever based on this trial.

SLUMBERLAND always trials well and this was no exception.

CHAUTAUQUA was taken wide before the home bend and while he didn’t really quicken down like you’d expect he isn’t a flash trialler and this was nothing more than a track gallop.

SCANDAL SHEET got back early but hit the line okay under hands and heels riding.

DREADED had a very quiet trial and was tailed off.

HEAT 2 – 800M

Time: 47.72

It was important to note that BLACK VANQUISH reared at the start and lost considerable ground.

WHAT A HOOT led and won the trial after being shaken up in the straight – it was a nice bit of work.  

DISTANT SKY trialled excellently for Nigel Blackiston. He got back to near last before closing off strongly under very light urging.

Gai Waterhouse saddled up SHOW A STAR who covered ground on speed and responded to riding in the straight. A typical Waterhouse trial but not one I’d be following.

BLACK VANQUISH is one of the nicest looking horses kicking around and he backed up a good Cranbourne trial with another ripping effort. It was concerning the way he missed the kicked but that aside he looks in amazing order. Keen to follow.

SERENADE raced in restricted room in the straight and went to the line largely unchallenged.

HEAT 14 – 800M

Time: 47.07

A strong time to finish the morning.

OCTOBER TUTU was a 2YO taking on some older horses and he was impressive in leading and booting away in the straight. He has come on from one run back in October and seems set to register a maiden victory early this campaign.

INTRIGO settled second and wasn’t knocked around to the line. She produced a nice bit of work.

I loved the way PLYMOUTH ROAD savaged the line after settling last. He appears to have improved for the spell and is a very likely middle-distance prospect.

HEZA RIPPER went okay. THE DUSTER not so much.



  • NIMINYPIMINY, Russell Cameron (Heat 1). This 5YO mare really progressed last campaign and her work was very sharp. She is in for another solid preparation.


  • ENQUARE, Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra (Heat 3). This ex-Queensland galloper produced the fastest time of the morning for her new stable. She led and kicked clear in the straight.


  • JOCASTA, Leon & Troy Corstens (Heat 4). This unraced 3YO daughter of Choisir trialled fairly at Cranbourne on the 22nd and clearly derived great benefit from that outing. She looked sharp on speed in heat four and went to the line with plenty in the tank.


  • FLEETEOR, Gai Waterhouse (Heat 8). This daughter of Northern Meteor settled off speed and moved very stylishly behind a couple of smart Hayes/Dabernig runners in the straight. It was a very nice trial.


  • PLYMOUTH ROAD, Lee Freedman (Heat 14). This bloke showed enough at his first campaign to suggest he had ability but this trial indicated huge improvement with a break. Can’t wait until he gets to 1400m and beyond.


  1. JOCASTA (Heat 4)
  2. PLYMOUTH ROAD (Heat 14)

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