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Sky Racing’s form expert, TONY BRASSEL, checks out prospective winners after the barriers trials last week.

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CENTRO STORICO (Rwick 9 April, Heat 9)
2f, Snitzel – Chachapoyas, Richard Litt
Unplaced in two recent Group races and yet to be placed in four runs. Don’t be fooled – she’s talented. This was evidenced in her narrow but impressive Randwick trial win last week. Jumped okay from the 1040m start but drifted near last, then charged through the pack. Her best is yet to come. 

EITHER OAR (Kembla 7 April, Heat 9 )
3f, Unencumbered – Lift All Boats, Gwenda Markwell
Trialled stylishly at Kembla earlier this time in, then caught in a slow lane when a first-up eighth at Kensington on March 17. In fine fettle if last week’s home track hit-out is any guide. She trounced tidy opposition like TURNSTYLE and KORDIA.

HOLYFIELD (Rwick 9 April, Heat 3)
3c, I Am Invincible – Hurtle Myrtle, Annabel Neasham
On transfer from the Maher-Eustace stable. Won his first trial for Annabel at Rosehill last month, then strode about his business in cruisey fashion at Randwick last week. Fourth to the pacy INTREPIDACIOUS, he was never at top pace for Tommy Berry. Idling along nicely and worked a treat at Randwick on Tuesday morning.
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JAMEA (Kembla 7 April, Heat 2)
2f, Headwater – Isibaeva, Robert and Luke Price
Classy, with her career high being a second to ARCADED in the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) on March 13. Her sole win in four runs was a 1200m Kembla victory in January when debuting. Cut loose big time to grab last week’s 800m Kembla trial so a return to the big smoke is now in the offing.

LA FORET (Rwick 9 April, Heat 13)
3f, Deep Field – Najaah, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
Has been off the scene for four months, but won fresh-up at Canterbury last spring. Trucked along beautifully before pulling ground off SIXGUN and DUCHESS in their fast 740m Randwick heat. Likely to trial again before the wraps come off first-up.

MISS SPITEFUL (Rwick 9 April, Heat 4)
4m, Snitzel – Simply Spiteful , Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
Put this one in the Waterhouse-Bott file, too. Sustained pace from the outset when winning her 1040m heat in heavy conditions. Led four lengths in the middle stages. Was trialling for the second time this prep - the baldy-faced speedster is ready to rock.

SHIHONKA (Gosford 7 April, Heat 5)
2f, Capitalist – Stroak, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
Rounded off the stable’s beaut triallers this past week and by a boom young stallion. Brave second (wide throughout) in a Randwick trial then scorched around Gosford in very slick time for a two-year-old. Despite inexperience, her 1000m time (61.92s) eclipsed five other heats containing the likes of STRAWB, CAFÉ ROYAL, ELECTRIC GIRL and AIM.

THE MOVE (DOOMBEN 13 April, Heat 8)
4g, Hinchinbrook – Sweet Talkin Woman, Tony Gollan
Lived up to his name with a brisk gear change to win his heat by almost four lengths. After parking off the pace before straightening, his response with most impressive. Beaten in a couple of strong Class 3 races since resuming, but this trial suggests he’s perfectly primed now.

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