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.

(2c, Deep Field – Touch Of Greatness. Trainer: Peter & Paul Snowden)

WE highlighted Sports Legend as a horse to follow from its first trial and the way California Touch worked home behind him, we simply must follow this colt as well. California Touch trialled okay before striking two heavy tracks in his maiden preparation. His two trials this preparation have been outstanding and he certainly looks a horse who has made immense improvement. After winning his first 1030m trial this preparation, Nash Rawiller maintained a strong hold of the colt as he went about his business with ease.

(2c, Hellbent – Cersei. Trainer: Mark Minervini)

THIS horse has way too much talent to be a maiden for much longer. His debut behind Plymstock and Deep Expectation was good before striking wet ground in his next two starts. He trialled well leading into his maiden preparation and has done so once again. Taking a sit behind the speed, Hugh Bowman never asked for an effort as the colt trucked through the line.

(2g, Hellbent – Forest Circle. Trainer: John O’Shea)

A TALENTED juvenile who was heavily backed in every start during his maiden preparation. He was smashed into favourite for the Magic Millions Wyong Classic on debut before also receiving strong support on the Gold Coast. Hell I Am had plenty on his opposition in his first trial back over 736, powering away for an easy two-length win. May have one more trial, but he won’t be a maiden for much longer.

(2f, Capitalist – Bibby. Trainer: John O’Shea)

WE BLACKBOOKED this filly following her first trial win last preparation. She was tipped out following that trial win in November and produced another terrific piece of work over 736m. Sam Clipperton eased her back to take a sit behind the speed and travelled comfortably on the heels of the leaders. She will likely have one more trial before making her debut.

(2f, I Am Invincible – Kylikwong. Trainer: Gary Portelli)

ANOTHER foal out of 2004 VRC Oaks runner-up Kylikwong. Hugh Bowman was aboard Millybella in her latest trial as she worked through the line strongly. In a similar piece of work to her first trial, Bowman took a sit off midfield and extended nicely down the outside. This is her second strong trial and looks ready to go the races.

(4g, So You Think – Across The Moon. Trainer: David Pfeiffer)

BACK in the David Pfeiffer stable, Rocketing By produced his second strong trial of the preparation under Hugh Bowman. The Group performed sprinter is once again under the care of Pfeiffer following a preparation with Matthew Dunn. The four-year-old settled in the box seat and went about his business under his own steam. He looks ready to go to the races again and looks a good bet in an off-season sprint.

(2f, Starspangledbanner – Karalli. Trainer: Blake Ryan)

WOW. There isn’t much more you can say about this trial. The filly by Starspangledbanner showed sheer speed to rail like a greyhound and record a 12-length win. The time of 46.63 was more than half-second quicker than the three-year-old trial on the same day.

(4m, Zoustar – Sunset Affair. Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)

A LIGHTLY raced mare with plenty of upside. She was impressive rising from maiden to BM72 grade in her first campaign. She was given a quiet time in her first trial back over 736m and worked through the line strongly under Tim Clark. She had three trials leading into her debut so expect to have at least one more trial before resuming.

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.