The Spy Files with Tony Brassel 10/03/2020

Sky Racing’s form expert, TONY BRASSEL, checks out all the slashing trials and eye-catching early morning efforts.

Before final fields are declared, Brass rates his best barrier triallers possibly going around in NSW, Victoria and Queensland this Saturday.

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



(All Star Mile, 1600m, Caulfield)

Resumes against some heavy-hitters but his fresh record impresses - three goes for three placings.

He’s extremely effective at this stage of a campaign and topped the prep off by winning his second trial hit-out at Cranbourne. That was a 990m task and, after parking back in the pack, Philip Stokes’s gelding accelerated stylishly to mow down the leader.

There was plenty of petrol in the tank.

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(3YO Jewel Plate, 1300m, Gold Coast)

One of my favourites north of the border. Rex Lipp’s filly hasn’t raced since rolling BALLISTIC BOY and company over 1400m at Eagle Farm last October.

By ROTHSAY, she carried stacks of weight to make it six from nine and simply strolled around Toowoomba in a barrier trial on February 20, leading most of the 925m.



(Coolmore Classic, 1500m, Rosehill)

First-up from winning Flemington’s G2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) from MISS SISKA and GREYSFUL GLAMOUR.

She’s a beaut-looking mare and led a Cranbourne trial (1190m) by four lengths recently. Coasted home without being pressured and placed in both of her first-up runs previously.

Appeals at a ‘price’.



(Magic Night Stakes, 1200m, Rosehill)

Yet another member of Team Snowden’s juvenile juggernaut.

Like their Canberra Black Opal winner BARBARIC, this filly is by the awesome I AM INVINCIBLE and won her only run at Rosehill in December.

Met defeat for the first time in three barrier trials when a close second to ONLY MINE at Rosehill on February 25. Box-seated and she could have won.



(Magic Night Stakes, 1200m, Rosehill)

Racing for the first time at a very high level, but she looks black type material. We know this one is pretty special if she scores on debut!

By SMART MISSILE from a proven Gooree Stud family, this leggy miss operates under the control of the Waterhouse-Bott stable. Steered by Nash Rawiller, she narrowly rolled the smart SANCY in a Rosehill trial on Feb 25 and that filly is a terrific barometer, having scored stylishly under race conditions.



(Benchmark 88, 1350m, Rosehill)

Unseen at the trials since February 6 when he ran a neat seventh behind subsequent big race winners GREYSFUL GLAMOUR and SWEET DEAL. Midfield mostly, he matched strides inside HAPPY CLAPPER without much being asked.

Anthony Cummings is expert at producing winners off such barrier trial ‘hit-outs’.



(Goldmarket Quality, 1300m, Gold Coast)

Her trainer Michael Costa is hovering around 22 per cent winners to runners – a mighty figure.

This honest mare has been freshened since a gallant two lengths sixth to INVINCIBELLA in the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions (1300m) for females.

That was back in January, but her eye-catching second to tearaway STARVIRGO at the Eagle Farm trials on March 3 was A1. She went from 10 lengths astern to being beaten just over three panels.

Don’t underrate her.



(Benchmark 78 Handicap, 1900m, Rosehill)

A rare FASTNET ROCK gelding imported from the UK and is trained by Chris Waller.

Returns from a four month spell after scoring at Rosehill over 2400m. He’s a two-time winner over 1600m north of the equator and led until the 200m when third in a 1030m Rosehill heat on Feb 25.

I liked the way he fought back late in the piece so 1900m, and still fresh off only one trial, he’s not without claims if fit.


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