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.

(4g, Frankel – Converesely. Trainers: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)

BRILLIANT return by the dual Group 1 winning miler. He always trials well but his work on Tuesday morning is just what we wanted to see ahead of the spring. Apart from a disappointing final run in the autumn, he has built an imposing record including winning the G1 Randwick Guineas. He cruised into second behind In The Congo and suggest he will be hard beat in the Winx Stakes first-up.

(3g, Dream Ahead – Positive Quest. Trainer: Matthew Smith)

LOVELY piece of work once again as Headwall showcased another string to his bow. The son of Dream Ahead hasn’t been seen since his impressive debut victory at Newcastle about a month ago where he recorded an easy win over 900m. Very green on debut, love the way Headwall’s manners seemed vastly improved as James McDonald eased him to take a sit. He he extended when asked and looks ready to win again.

(3f, Not A Single Doubt – Vasilissa. Trainers: Michael, John & Wayne Hawkes)

HALF-SISTER to Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa. We highlighted this filly following her first trial of the preparation on the Warwick Farm synthetic track and she was strong once again over 900m. Settling alongside the well performed Lady Laguna, Lomandra worked through her gears to finish second. She looks ready to go the races now and could pop up in either midweek or Saturday grade.

(3c, I Am Invincible – Saint Minerva. Trainer: Tony Gollan)

DON’T sleep on this colt during the spring, he is a gun. He was extremely impressive bolting in during his first two career starts before proving too tough in the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic. He defeated subsequent Group 1 winner Sheeza Belter on that occasion and there is a strong case he might just be Queensland’s best juvenile, ignoring Best Of Bordeaux. Extremely confident he will hold his own in any race through the Spring.

(3c, So You Think – Perfectly Safe. Trainer: John Sargent)

LOVE the way this horse is going about his business. Tommy Berry was aboard in this trial and the way he held a strong grip on horse, along with his cheeky look over his shoulder. He showed good gate speed to lead the trial and never got out of second gear as he crossed the line alongside horses who received heavy pressure. Ready to return to the races and looks primed ahead of his first-up run.

(3c, Zoustar – Global Glamour. Trainers: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)

RECORDED a massive nine-length win in his first trial where he showcased sustained speed over 780m on the synthetic track. His latest hit-out in heavy conditions in my opinion was just as good. Tim Clark settled the $600,000 yearling purchase in front and won the trial by three-lengths. He never looked overly comfortable in the wet conditions and I am confident he has plenty more up his sleeve because he did seem to get a bit lost in front.

(3c, Capitalist – Profound Wisdom. Trainers: Michael, John & Wayne Hawkes)

CONFIDENT the Hawkes are holding some weapons in the duffel bag this spring and this is colt is one. He was impressive winning on debut in the Group 3 Chairmans Stakes at Caulfield and, in my opinion, was highly unlucky in defeat in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. He was always a green horse who looked as though he would improve with time and his work at Rosehill suggested he is back even better. William Pike maintained a strong hold on the horse and worked through the line to record an impressive win.

(7g, Zoustar – Fashion. Trainer: Tony Gollan)

TONY Gollan’s star sprinter showcased his usual sustained speed to win a 1000m trial at Doomben with ease on Tuesday morning. Hoping he has a run in Brisbane before he ventures south because he will be winning over 1000m.

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 and Monday’s The Morning Line with Marc Ohlmus for news, views and a full wrap from the trials.