The News Desk


The Spy Files with Brodie Nickson

Sky Racing’s BRODIE NICKSON checks out prospective winners after some super trials around NSW and QLD. Check out all the trials in the Catch Up section on the Sky Racing website or the Sky Racing Active app.

(4m, Artie Schiller – Ziya. Trainer: Edward O’Rourke)

LIGHTLY raced mare who looks to have returned in great order. Still eligible for a Class 1, she has trialled up very strongly on two occasions at Rosehill over the 1030m. She has got back to last and worked home in both pieces of work behind horses much better than what she should face in her own grade. William Pike has been aboard in both heats and if he is on her first-up it will be another massive push.

(3f, Tivaci – Showing Off. Trainer: Kris Lees)

QUIET first trial but just kept finding the line. Despite jumping well, Aaron Bullock restrained Cargo to last and presented her at the turn. She went quietly about her business and keen to see her have one more trial before she debuts.

(2c, American Pharoah – Godiva Rock. Trainer: Kris Lees)

EYE-CATCHING trial. Dylan Gibbons gave the American Pharaoh gelding a very quiet trial where he went about his business from last. It is the second time Flag Of Honour has got back to last and worked home well. Love the way he moves and keen to see him debut in the coming weeks. Time of 48.33 seconds was the quickest 800m heat of the day.

(2g, I Am Invincible – First Seal. Trainer: Michael, John & Wayne Hawkes)

ANOTHER progeny of outstanding filly First Seal. Golden Age’s half-brother, $1.8m yearling Naval Seal, recorded his second career win at Rosehill on Saturday. After a quiet first trial over 900m where he got back in the pack, William Pike sent Golden Age forward in his second trial. Love the way he extended and showed a turn-of-foot when asked.

(2c, Exceed And Excel – Malasun. Trainer: Jason Dreamer)

ALWAYS liked this colt during his maiden preparation and I am confident he will be winning very soon. He has been good tackling the earliest and some of the strongest juvenile races at the start of last season. Only beaten less than two-lengths behind Sejardan on debut in the Breeders’ Plate, Hard To Say also ran well behind the speedy Palazzo Spirit and Russian Conquest last prep. His work suggests he has come back even better and he showed he had plenty on his opposition with way he went about his business.

(3c, Headwater – My Miss Pedrille. Trainer: Annabel Neasham)

VERY exciting three-year-old who looks to have plenty of ability. He won with authority in his well-awaited debut before he was smashed in betting behind Starman at his second start. Unfortunately, he failed on that occasion but returned to the trials strongly. As Michael Costa has now departed Australia to train overseas, Manhood is now in the Annabel Neasham stable and will be winning plenty of races.

(2f, Winning Rupert – Saunter. Trainer: Bjorn Baker)

VERY speedy. Passeggiata has shown tremendous speed in both trials to date and looks ready to go to the races. Her 900m trial win in 53.23 was the second quickest of the day behind Shades Of Rose. After taking a sit in her first trial, Rachel King asked Passeggiata to work through her gears from the front. She powered away to win the trial by eight-lengths.

(3f, Rubick – Mulan. Trainer: Bjorn Baker)

UNBEATEN filly who left the smart Nasturtium in her dust. Shades Of Rose showed good gate speed to lead all the way in all three career starts to date and once again exhibited her exciting speed with a dominant five-length trial win. Her first piece of work alongside De An Andretti was terrific and her latest hit-out was even better.

Brodie Nickson is a presenter on Sky Racing 1 and Sky 2 and a reporter/columnist on the SKY website. Catch Brodie with Richard Haynes on Racing HQ Saturday’s for news, views and a full wrap from the trials.