New Zealand’s opening juvenile race of the season will be held at Wanganui on September 8 and the more precocious youngsters stepped for their first trials at Te Teko this week.
Champion trainer John Sargent prepared a trifecta in the first hit-out when Kirra Lass (Keeper) made all the pace over 600m to win by a neck from an unnamed High Chaparral – Miss Distinction colt and an unnamed Pins – Reputedly colt.
Sargent also trained an unnamed Bernardini – Catbird Kitty filly to claim the second trial. She went straight to the front and raced a little greenly but held a length advantage over the Sir Percy – Clifton colt and the fast-finishing Mossman – Dame Promise filly.
Jason Bridgman produced the most impressive winner of the morning when his Commands – Valpolicella colt scored by six lengths in 36.36s. He went straight to the front and won easing down over the Sargent stablemates Fascination Street (Elusive City) and the Encosta DeLago – Lovetrista filly.
Bridgman said the Commands colt will trial at Cambridge on August 21 before making his debut at Ellerslie on October 27. “He’s a big, strong, precocious type,” Bridgman said. “He’s got a lot of natural brilliance. He was professional enough to jump and lead but he probably needs to learn a bit more before he goes to the races.”
Training partners Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young produced their unnamed Fastnet Rock – Rubimill colt to score an impressive two length victory over 800m.
There have already been offers for the Fastnet Rock colt. He was green and looked uncomfortable in the track conditions but was still good enough to beat the Cecconi – Gypsy Jewels filly and Savabeel – Twentyfirstcentury filly.
Sargent trialled nine youngsters at Te Teko and they have all been put aside for six weeks. “I do this every year,’ he said. “We trial them up and then turn them out.
“Those that look like three year-olds will be put aside for a little longer – like the High Chaparral colt and the Encosta De Lago filly. They are both 16 hands and impressed me.”