Matamata trainer Paul Shailer didn't win a two-year-old heat at yesterday's Te Teko trials but he emerged as the trainer to watch for the early juvenile races.
Shailer produced two two-year-olds, an unnamed Sir Percy colt out of Clifton and an unnamed Any Suggestion colt out of Aggressive, to finish fourth and second respectively in the first juvenile trials of the season.
Shailer, who is operating a satellite stable at Awapuni this season, was rapt with the efforts of both youngsters and confirmed they would head for the first two-year-old race of the season at Whanganui on September 8.
‘‘They'll be on the float to Awapuni tomorrow and they'll definitely be at Whanganui for the first two-year-old race,’’ he said.
Matamata trainers John Sargent and Jason Bridgman and the Cambridge partnership of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young were responsible for the four two-year-old trial winners.
Sargent produced the first three home in the first 600m heat, with Keeper filly Kirra Lass clocking 36.03 seconds in beating home an unnamed High Chaparral-Miss Distinction colt - a half-sister to dual Gr I winner Gee I Jane - and an unnamed Pins-Reputedly colt.
He also produced an unnamed Bernardini-Catbird Kitty filly to win the second heat in 36.32 seconds from the Shailer-trained Sir Percy colt, with the Sargent-trained unnamed Mossman-Dane Promise scooting home for third in with an eye-catching late sprint.
Sargent said he would turn all his two-year-old triallists out before choosing which ones returned for late spring racing.
Perhaps the most impressive trial winner was the Bridgman-trained unnamed Commands colt out of Valpolicella, who made a smart beginning then scooted away with the last of the three 600m heats in 36.36 seconds.
‘‘He's shown us heaps right from day one, this horse,’’ Bridgman said afterwards.
‘‘He's a big, strong, precocious type. He's got a lot of natural brilliance. He was professional enough to jump and lead today but he probably needs to learn a bit more before he goes to the races.’’
Bridgman said the colt was likely to trial at Cambridge on August 21 before a likely debut race at Ellerslie on October 27.
‘‘He's owned by Tang Weng Fei and hopefully he's treading a similar path to last year with [Gr I winner] Warhorse,’’ Bridgman said.
Busuttin and Young produced an unnamed Fastnet Rock colt to win the sole 800m heat, scoring in good fashion by two lengths from an unnamed Graeme and Debbie Rogerson-trained Cecconi filly.
Young said she had a high opinion of the colt but he would now be sent for a spell.
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