The Spy Files with Tony Brassel 17/03/2020


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 Sydney 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.



(The Galaxy, 1100m, Rosehill)

Simply a top flight racehorse cast very much in the mould of his Golden Slipper-winning dad PIERRO. Has two first-up wins to his credit and simply played in the muddy trial conditions at Warwick Farm on March 5. Fast out, he vied for the lead at his leisure then quickened. They rarely accelerate like this popular sprinter in such soggy, testing conditions.



(George Ryder, 1500m, Rosehill)

The G1 Caulfield Guineas hero ranks among the most valuable horses competing at Rosehill Gardens. His worth would be enhanced further with a victory in Australia’s most prestigious weight-for-age sprint. Anthony Freedman has had SETH in Sydney for a few weeks and it was impossible not to be impressed with a cracking Randwick trial effort. He came from midfield, five lengths off, to zoom up behind KEMENTARI. Mark Zahra shut off the turbo late.



(Golden Slipper, 1200m, Rosehill)

Makes his Sydney debut having won three from four in Melbourne. Pipped by TAGALOA in the Blue Diamond then kept on simmer with a Randwick trial win. The chestnut trucked four deep most of the way, absolutely bolting. He didn’t win by far but saw a lot of Randwick that morning. Gets ordinary luck on Saturday – presto, another boom young Aussie sire.



(The Galaxy, 1100m, Rosehill)

Probably the most fascinating runner at Rosehill on Saturday. For starters, he’s back as a gelding after only getting two mares in foal at stud last breeding season. Then there’s the fact he beat subsequent G1 winners PIERATA and TRAPEZE ARTIST in the G1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in 2018. Plus, he led throughout to narrowly beat SUPER SETH in a recent trial, cruising up. All he ever wanted to be was a racehorse … as a gelding!



(Birthday Card Stakes, 1200m, Rosehill)

Despite her reasonable size, team Godolphin’s big mare usually gets her act together quickly in a campaign – she’s a two-time winner first-up. Last week her stablemate GODODDIN successfully returned fresh and this one has ambled around in two recent hit-outs. After a fast jump, the EXCEED AND EXCEL mare clocked in fifth behind JEN RULES in a 1045m Randwick heat on March 12. She’s ready for Rosehill.



(Darby Munro Stakes, 1200m, Rosehill)

Not seen under race conditions since his sixth to BIVOUAC in last September’s G1 Golden Rose (1400m). The key to his chances fresh could be a first-up approach – he’s undefeated when resuming. Two trials will have him tuned well enough. His latest gig was a narrow defeat of subsequent G1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) winner SHADOW HERO in a Warwick Farm heat on Feb 13.



(Class 6, 1200m, Eagle Farm / Rosehill Guineas, 2000m)

Has never been beaten at the trials and his race record isn’t too shabby, either. On March 3 he won his fourth trial hurtling down the outside in a 1000m Eagle Farm heat. There was very little pressure applied. First or second in seven races, this talented Chris Anderson galloper can keep boosting his northern reputation.



(QTIS 3Y Hcp, 1000m, Eagle Farm)

Has been off the scene since November when he chased home smart THE ODYSSEY at Eagle Farm. Matt Dunn’s gelding has won trials at Grafton and Eagle Farm recently, last time at The Farm. He didn’t win by far but the figures from the heat were solid. Boasts two first-up runs for a win and a second.


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