Imports Impress at Rosehill
All eyes might have been on the return of gun colt Kementari at Monday’s Rosehill trials but it was another horse in blue, import Home Of The Brave, who stole the show.
In his first public appearance since contesting the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile in November, the rising seven-year-old turned it on coasting to an almost five length win in a 904m heat.
He wasn’t the best away but gathered speed to lead and once in front he raced away without any serious urgings from Hugh Bowman.
Chiefly a 1200m-1400m sprinter, Home Of The Brave has been very lightly raced with six wins from 18 starts – the latest win was at Newmarket over 1408m downing Jungle Cut who subsequently won the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai.
Nobody would have missed this Rosehill trial performance so it’ll interesting to see when and where he surfaces in a race with trainer James Cummings indicating that might not be for another month.
Home Of The Brave ran significantly faster time than Kementari’s heat that preceded his but, as far as a kick off point goes, Kementari did more than enough in running fifth.
The Randwick Guineas winner wasn’t asked to compete in the trial and worked home between horses to be beaten three lengths.
He’ll have another trial later this month with the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 4 his return assignment.
Kementari’s trial might not have been the slickest but it should be a strong one going forward.
Music Magnate and Pendeloque staged a two horse war for much of the trial with the former just gaining the upper hand late in his first outing since his Dubai trip in March.
Pendeloque is a benchmark 75 filly with an unbeaten first-up record and given this was her second trial she’ll be heading to the races shortly and can be expected to run well.
There was also plenty to like about the late finish of Egyptian Symbol who flooded home into third place.
What do we make of the trial by the speedy Condor Heroes?
The three-year-old is no stranger to big trial wins and he opened up at least 10 lengths on the field in the middle stages of his 1030m heat before winning by four.
He seemed to do it all by himself as James McDonald was unmoved for much of the gallop and his time was only 0.24 faster than the next best over the trip.
Hard to know what he had left but he’s only failed once in four starts to date.
Show A Star enjoyed a good preparation for Bjorn Baker in the late summer and he indicated he’s back in good order with a solid win over the 904m in handy time.
He was placed at 1400m behind Lanciato and Noire fresh last prep before successive wins up to a mile and there’s every reason to think he’ll be competitive first-up again.
The Chris Waller-trained Star Of The Seas surely breaks his maiden status in the very near future though we may have to wait through a second trial.
He’s bumped into a couple of handy maidens in his two starts and while the margin in his 904m trial was narrow he was being hard held to the line.
A couple of two-year-olds to also impress were Bandol (Gai & Adrian) and Quenya (Godolphin) who ran 1-3 in a slick 904m trial.