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Sky Racing’s form expert, TONY BRASSEL, checks out prospective winners after some super trials around NSW and QLD.

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CHIEF ARTIE (Doomben 8 June, Heat 13)
(2g, Flying Artie – Cherokee Echo. Trainer: Robert Heathcote)
Beaten out of a place at Doomben last November but should soon throw off maiden status. He returned with a fine display of finishing speed in a Doomben heat (840m) and the stable is well-versed in producing first-up winners.

CONFISCATE (Rhill 4 June, Heat 10)
(2g, Star Turn  – Confident. Trainers: Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes)
Long-striding youngster and just one of several interesting triallers from this stable last Thursday. Co-raced by Vinery Stud and Alan Bell, he’s an impressive individual coming off his first go at the trials. Parked last for most of the 900m, then loped home down the outer – with stacks of petrol in the tank. From the family of RUBIDIUM, a classy G2 Flemington winner exported to Japan in the 1990’s.

COSTLY (Randwick 8 June, Heat 17)
(2g, Xtravagant – Moshki. Trainers: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott)
Unraced and has now run second in two barrier trials at Randwick, displaying beaut gate speed. Tuesday’s trial was on the synthetic track and, significantly, he was a two-year-old taking on elders. Led, then overpowered late by stablemate MAJOR ARTIE, a three-year-old winner of three races including one at Canterbury. Fine stuff.

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ESPIONA (Rhill 4 June, Heat 7)
(2f, Extreme Choice – Dahooil. Trainer: Chris Waller)
Unraced filly coming off two big-finishing barrier trials. She darted up for second at Rosehill last month, then highly impressive winning her heat last Thursday. Again, cruised out the back, but this time Hugh Bowman allowed her a touch more rein and she flashed up. Exciting prospect by an exciting sire.

MAROONIYAH (Rhill 4 June, Heat 8)
(2f, Sebring – Maroon Bay. Trainer: Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes)
Produced for her initial trial without being tested at Rosehill last Thursday. Slow to launch, the chestnut pottered around at the tail before brushing home with flair. At no stage did Tommy Berry ask the youngster for maximum pace. Her dam is a winning half-sister to international G1 winner MERCHANT NAVY.

SHOOTING FOR GOLD (Doomben 8 June, Heat 1)
(3g, Shooting To Win – Amber’s Crown. Trainers: Steve O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted)
Long odds when down the track in the Gold Coast 3YO Guineas (1400m) on January 16. He’s now back ready to enhance his formidable record if Tuesday’s trial win is anything to go by. Pinged into a close second then responded instantly to forge away in a 1000m Doomben hit-out. Winner of four from eight and emerged as a fine prospect last summer.

TELUICI (Rhill 4 June, Heat 6)
(2f, Tivaci – Dubai Belle. Trainers: Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes)
Made her public debut at the Rosehill session last week and stamped herself as a progressive type. Hardly serious when running fifth behind LILY ELSIE over 900m and may trial again before the race debut. By a G1-winning son of High Chaparral from a Kiwi stakes-winner bred for some distance. Whatever the pedigree, this stable can get them primed pronto!
Nominated Newcastle maiden (1200m), Saturday 12 June

THE HALO (Randwick 8 June, Heat 8)
(2f, More Than Ready – Flying Gigi. Trainer: Mark Newnham)
Stepped out for a second career trial and again hit the line at Randwick earlier this week. She had previously won a heat at ‘Headquarters’ when also a shade slow to begin. She’s overcoming that trait at the business end of her trials and took on a strong line-up in Tuesday’s task. With a clean start come raceday she’s good enough to make a winning debut.

TYROL (Rhill 4 June, Heat 3)
(3g, Snitzel – Shirley. Trainers: Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou)
Undefeated in three barrier trials during the past month or so. He led most of the way in two previous Rosehill heat wins, then showed a different aptitude in coming from astern to win. That was at the Rosehill session on June 3. Just love it when horses can mix their running styles – it’s a terrific asset if things don’t unfold as anticipated in the run.
Nominated Warwick Farm maiden (1200m), Monday, 14 June

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