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Sky Racing’s form expert, TONY BRASSEL, checks out prospective winners after the recent Canterbury and Warwick Farm barrier trials.

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(4g, Not A Single Doubt – Pincocchio. Trainer: Les Bridge)
The classy grey looks to have matured into a monster of a thoroughbred. Jogged wide out before letting down magnificently in heavy ground at Canterbury. Simply one of the best sprinters in training so look out TAB Everest!

(2c, Exceed And Excel – Unearthly. Trainer: Bjorn Baker)
Bjorn Baker blueblood. He’s an unraced half-brother to G1 SA Oaks winner INVEST and his parents were both G1 winners. Won a strong Warwick Farm heat last summer, put away, then trekked wide and too good at Canterbury last week.

(2c, Top Echelon – Alberta. Trainer: Matthew Dunn)
Unplaced in the Gold Coast Magic Millions but still rates among the best Queensland juveniles this season. Has now impressed in two Sydney barrier trials, the most recent a runaway win at Canterbury last week. Absolute professional.

(2f, Medaglia D’Oro – Lumina. Trainer: James Cummings)
POHUTUKAWA’s kid sister readying for her first race start. Has steadily improved through the course of three barrier trials, the most recent a soft second to ESCAPE ARTIST over 794m at Canterbury. Travelled better than the winner one over the last 200m - could have won if let go.

(6g, Iffraaj – Glass Half Full. Trainer: Chris Waller)
Always a fine performer in Queensland and going nicely if two recent trials are a guide. Although yet to race for his new stable, there was a lot to like about his third over 1100m at Canterbury. Simply pulled his way to the finish.

(2c, Sebring – The Huntress. Trainer: Gary Portelli)
Fine debut when second at Warwick Farm in March. He wandered under pressure then looked more professional in last Tuesday’s barrier trial. Came through the field with gusto and he shouldn’t be a maiden much longer.

(4m, Pierro – Trail of Secrets. Trainer: Joe Pride)
Slender, she’ll come to hand quickly. Her lone win in nine runs was a Wyong maiden so the provincials look her forte right now. Rachel King simply sat on her when making good ground late for fifth at Tuesday’s Warwick Farm session.

(3f, Lonhro – Wild Queen. Trainer: James Cummings)
Could hardly go slow enough in the heavy going when third over 900m at Canterbury. Although she parked up front throughout, her rider Kerrin McEvoy was motionless right to the line in solid time. Her only win in six starts was first-up at Bendigo.

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