The Spy Files with Tony Brassel 03/03/2020

Before final fields are declared, Brass rates his best barrier triallers possibly going around in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this Saturday.

Check out all the trials in the Catch Up section on the Sky Racing website or the Sky Racing Active app.



(Canterbury Stakes, 1300m, Randwick)

Will try to maintain his status as one of the best racing and breeding prospects in the country. Gerald Ryan’s big chestnut is a brother to 2013 Golden Slipper winner OVERREACH a racy little bay. This dude looks nothing like her! But, being by top stallion EXCEED AND EXCEL, he’s excellent sire material and pricked his ears when strolling up with a Rosehill trial late last month.



(Wenona Girl Quality, 1200m, Randwick)

Another strong rep for Gerald Ryan at the February 25 Rosehill trial session. After an average getaway, Josh Parr sooled her to a four-length lead and she checked in more than five panels clear of SANTA ANA LANE and possible Saturday foe, FASIKA. BOOKER grabbed the 2018 G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up.



(Newmarket Handicap, 1200m, Flemington)

Tassie racing’s sprinting dynamo weighs in around 440 kilograms – he’s absolutely pocket-sized. Naturally he comes to hand quickly and has already won two from three first-up, plus two from three at Flemington. DUNDEEL’s son accelerated brilliantly to win a 1000m Hobart trial on February 11 and remains unbeaten in two 1200m starts.



(Todman Stakes, 1200m, Randwick)

Also hails from Gerald Ryan’s Rosehill stable. A top Randwick winner on Boxing Day, he has been freshened and we’ve never seen him trial better than the February 25 hit-out. Dragged six lengths last from a wide gate, he flashed through his final 200m. By FASTNET ROCK, the colt is a half-brother to dual Kiwi G1 winner SACRED STAR.



(Reisling Stakes, 1200m, Randwick)

Lacks the experience of several rivals but she hardly lacks ability. The nifty-looker is another EXCEED AND EXCEL and her half-brother is ENGLAND, ex-Chris Waller and now based in Hong Kong. This juvenile led and ran a top race for second on debut at Randwick in December. And did she quicken when ridden off the pace in a Newcastle trial on February 19. Her 3.3 lengths margin expanded with every bound.



(Incognitus Stakes, 1100m, Flemington)

Adelaide trainer Gordon Richards has giant-killing sprinter GYTRASH in the Newmarket, ably backed-up by this hotshot sprinter in a support race. A beaut sort, GARNER was never at full-bore when beaten a centimetre at the Oakbank trials recently. Unbeaten in two Melbourne runs, the youngster resumes down the straight course on Saturday and he’s already a 1000m Flemington winner.



(VRC March Stakes, 1400m, Flemington)

Looked sharp and keen running an easy fourth at the Werribee trials on February 18 before . an eager second in a Flemington jump-out on February 28. He’s a Flemington winner and first-up, looks an each way shot for Team Hayes-Dabernig.



(Randwick City Stakes, 2000m, Randwick)

After a top Warwick Farm trial this imported stayer let favourite backers down when third at Warwick Farm on February 12. Chris Waller has kept him ticking over with a cruisey fourth in a Rosehill trial and there’s no doubt the five-time winner in seven starts will strip fitter come Saturday.


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