The Jason Coyle duo of White Moss and Adonis Victorious showed up well in their Open Trial over 900m at Rosehill on Tuesday finishing first and third respectively, split by the Anthony Cummings trained Vegadaze who also looks ready to return to racing.
The six-year-old Mossman mare White Moss had a fine 2019 autumn winning the Group 2 combination of the Millie Fox Stakes over 1300m at Rosehill and the Sapphire Stakes over 1200m at Randwick. However, an unsuccessful Brisbane campaign has seen her spelled since with Tuesday’s trial her first official outing in the 33 weeks since she last raced.
In the trial Adonis Victorious (So You Think) and Tom Marquard led out with White Moss and Kathy O’Hara taking over to lead into the main straight. Vegadaze and Tim Clark were close behind in third with Clark having to settle Vegadaze down to race behind the Coyle two in front.
All trio led the field to the line with Clark allowing Vegadaze to come through to second with the margin 3/4L and a long head to Adonis Victorious in third.
The time was 55.11 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.50.
The four-year-old Lope De Vega gelding Vegadaze had a progressive three-year-old campaign winning his first three races going through the grades to then finish second to the highly regarded and now retired The Autumn Sun in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill in February.
He then finished fifth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas over 1600m, again to The Autumn Sun, with the addition distance a step too far after he was well placed in third at the 400m.
Cummings produced him for the Group 2 Missile Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on August, but again after being third at the 400m he faded to fifth. Spelled again he started in a trial at Newcastle over 1000m on August 19th for a fourth.
In the following Open Trial over 900m the Gerald Ryan trained Exceed And Excel three-year-old colt Standout won by a 1/2L over Singing River (Mossman) and Kathy O’Hara.
The colt was another who quickly progressed into black type company in the spring, winning the listed Heritage Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill on September 28th and finishing second to Cosmic Force and ahead of Microphone in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on October 12th.
The heat was not quick at 56.13 and 35.00, however, Tommy Berry had a good hold on Standout and they accomplished the distance with ease.
Group 1 Epsom Handicap winner Kolding (NZ) was sixth under a hold by James McDonald after beginning well and then being restrained to run in behind the leaders, Standout and Singing River.