Here is this week's Trial File report. 

I've adjusted my Black Book runners, which you can see at the bottom of the page.



Trial 1: - COVEFFE HUSTLER led out then took cover before regaining the lead when THIS IS BILL galloped at the bell. FINAL CATEGORY followed through behind COVEFFE HUSTLER and used the sprint lane but couldn’t peg her back in straight. MALALLA (Courage Under Fire – Miss Bigalow 2.4.3, $34,430) was one out and one back for the majority of the trial and finished third in front of WESTERN SONADOR (Western Terror – Refresh Me), which made up some ground from second last. THIS IS BILL settled down in third, pushed forward to find the lead then galloped momentarily with a lap to go. He raced without cover in the final circuit and tired in the straight. AFTER DARN (South Park Hanover – Lizzie By Jove USA 1.54.4, $27,321) was four back on the outside throughout and finished in front of APHRODISIAC (Shadow Play – Soho Winslet), which galloped momentarily at the start, raced without cover then was checked by the galloping THIS IS BILL with a lap remaining.

Mile Rate: - 2.3.8             Final Half: - 59.6               Margins: - 3m, 4m

Trial 2: - DIESEL DON casually worked passed the early leader JULIACA to find the front running role shortly after the start. He was unchallenged throughout and scored comfortably. BLAST AWAY settled four back on the markers but gained a lovely passage through along the inside during the latter stages. He got into second position without being extended at any stage. JULIACA finished third and NATIONAL DRAFT was fourth after coming away from third on the markers to race on the outside of the leader with 600m remaining. COOLARAMA (5 back markers) was fifth in front of TUFFANUFF (Modern Art – Xmas In Manhattan 1.58.5, $21,600) (6 back markers) and the trotter MISSEDTHELASTRAIN galloped when in fourth position with a mile remaining.

Mile Rate: - 2.1.2             Final Half: - 60.5               Margins: - 10m, 2m

Trial 3: - SOPHIES YANK led out then took cover behind BRO CREED turning into the back straight on the first occasion. He enjoyed a lovely trail throughout and used the sprint lane to grab BRO CREED on the line. ILLAWONG SUNNY had the most momentum at the end after coming from last of the five runners but he ran out of time and had to be content with third. DASH OF FLAIR (Bacardi Lindy – Dream of Flair 2.5.5, $17,484) was three back on the markers throughout and finished ahead of VINDICATING, which came to the outside from fourth with 600m remaining. CINKARI tailed off in the score up and was retired from the trial.

Mile Rate: - 2.7.9             Final Half: - 60.5               Margins: - Neck, 2m

Trial 4: - HEREHECOMES pushed forward to get to the lead from the early pacemaker in LETSROCKLETSROLL and enjoyed a nice run thereafter. ELMERS HOOFING IT was three back on the markers ahead of the open class trotter FABRICATION and BALLTERRA was last of the five. The field remained in the same order throughout and the only horse to manoeuvre away from the pegs was BALLTERRA and he did so as the field turned for home. HEREHECOMES speared away from his rivals and was much too good.

Mile Rate: - 1.58.3           Final Half: - 57.7               Margins: - 16m, 8m


Trial 1: - DANCING WITH FLO (A Rocknroll Dance – Narree Rose) settled three back on the markers and moved through to trail the leader when KATACHA MAN (Bettors Delight – Breeze On Bronski 1.56.8, $47,397) left the inside to join the leader with 500m remaining. She used the sprint lane and dashed through to win the trial. KATACHA MAN was the original leader before taking cover at the 1700m. He moved away from the markers in the back straight and hit the lead momentarily but found the winner to be too slick in the latter stages. ITZ LONGTALL SALLY (A Rocknroll Dance – Itz Nosurprisesthere 1.58.0, $216,900) gained the perfect run into the race behind KATACHA MAN after settling four back on the markers in the early stages. She finished on well for a close up third. FORNAROLI (Caribbean Blaster – Ablazin Storm) worked to the front but was having a good look around and had trouble concentrating without a horse on his outside. He was gunned down in the latter stages and the trotter SCOOTIN AROUND (Bacardi Lindy – Redneck) was last throughout.

Mile Rate: - 2.14.7           Final Half: - 62.40             Margins: - 2m, head

Trial 2: - CHRISKEN KIOSK was stood down to trial after making several errors at his latest performance and he impressed with a dominant front running display. He showed very good gate speed to lead then ran along at a genuine tempo and had the field strung out. He was getting a little tired late but he won by a good margin. FEND OFF was an eye-catching second. He settled down in third and flashed to the line. Admittedly, the final sectionals were the slowest part of the race but the mile rate was strong. MASCOTT finished third after trailing the leader throughout and was a long way clear of SNEAKIN AROUND, which broke stride at the start and again at the 600m mark. CHARLIE RUNKLE settled in fourth position but couldn’t maintain the back of the horse in front and yielded ground in the final circuit.

Mile Rate: - 2.2.1             Final Half: - 60.70             Margins: - 8m, 1m


Trial 3: - TARA LEEANN led the trial in the early stages with GOWIDDAFLOW being without cover and MIDNIGHT RATTLER trailing. GRESHAR (Well Said – Secret Desire 1.59.5, $88,700) was one out and one back on the outside of LADY MAJESTIC with SHARGREG being three back on the outside. GEE HEE ROCKS was last on the outside of WUNDURRA. The trial changed completely at the bell when GEE HEE ROCKS made a quick dash to run to the lead and TARA LEEANN galloped shortly afterwards, checking MIDNIGHT RATTLER, LADY MAJESTIC and WUNDURRA, which all lost about 15m. SHARGREG was also inconvenienced. GOWIDDAFLOW (Bettors Delight – La Bastille) was able to slot in behind the leader GEE HE ROCKS (Pet Rock – On Fifth 1.59.2, $12,670) and GRESHAR moved up without cover. GRESHAR quickly got the better of GEE HEE ROCKS at the 500m and shot well clear to win easily. GOWIDDAFLOW moved away from the markers and tried to pursue. He beat GEE HEE ROCKS, which tired late into third, by a good margin. SHARGREG (Art Major – Estasi) was fourth in front of LADY MAJESTIC, WUNDURRA, TARA LEEANN and MIDNIGHT RATTLER. The horses from fourth through to eighth all had an excuse with the trouble that occurred with just under a lap remaining.

Mile Rate: - 2.4.2             Final Half: - 60.50             Margins: - 20m, 20m

Trial 4: - STAROFSAHARA showed very good gate speed to lead with RECLUSIVE trailing and GLENLEDI BOY angled onto the markers to be three back. WECAN JUMP PUDDLES was fourth and OHOKA DIESEL (Christian Cullen – Millwood Pride) settled last of the five. The field remained in the same order until RECLUSIVE made his move at the 400m mark. He shot to the lead before GLENLEDI BOY launched a claim out wider on the track. GLENLEDI BOY had the most momentum and drew level right on the line. STAROFSAHARA finished a distant third ahead of WECAN JUMP PUDDLES. OHOKA DIESEL was approximately 20m behind the second last horse on the home turn when he broke stride.

Mile Rate: - 2.1.4             Final Half: - 57.70             Margins: - Dead Heat, 15m

TERANG 07/07/19

Trial 1: - QUEEN OF CRIME is out of a fast race mare in Our Crime of Passion (1.54.7) and finished fourth at her debut effort. She defeated her stable mate DOCTOR FOX, which beat a strong field in the Kindergarten Stakes at his latest attempt. LUVHAVINFUN finished third and the unraced filly HELGART (Art Major – Heavenly Bread) struck a tough field for her qualifying effort.

Mile Rate: - 2.6.8             Final Half: - 59.5               Margins: - 4m, 4m

Trial 2: - BAKERS BANDIT (Blissfull Hall – Smirking Star) was the only horse in the field that is yet to have faced the starter and he took out the trial in a reasonable final half so he could be worth following. ITZAMAJOR SURPRISE finished second in front of KEAYANG KOOKAI, both of which have been placed previously. MANLY BOY was fourth ahead of LUVTOO, JUST CALL ME WALLY and LUVERBOY.

Mile Rate: - 2.3.8             Final Half: - 58.9               Margins: - 2m, 2m

Trial 3: - MAORI AMOUR has ability but her manners have let her down in her short career to date. She defeated the Ratings 64 trotter GUS AN MAORI. THE BONT (Armbro Variable – Smokey Robyn) is out of a strong maternal family and is a close relation to Bete Noir ($72,301) and Hinault ($87,978). He finished in third from of his stable mate SURELY NOT (Skyvalley – Paula Swifty 2.4.7, $28,030).

Mile Rate: - 2.6.7             Final Half: - 61.3               Margins: - 25m, 150m

Trial 4: - The outstanding pacer LUMINEER is on the comeback trail and he won his trial by a comfortable margin. He hasn’t raced since suffering defeat for the first time in nine starts on January 27, 2018 where he was unplaced in the Victoria Derby. YANKEE C J finished second ahead of the Matthew Craven prepared trio OURBEACHSOMEWHERE, ALL JOKERS TODARIGHT and SHANWAY. CULLECTNGO, a Ratings 50 pacer met a strong field and finished last of the six runners.

Mile Rate: - 2.2.0             Final Half: - 59.8               Margins: - 6m, 3m

Trial 5: - EMMALINE has shown some ability from her limited opportunities to date. She defeated EARLION (Armbro Invasion – Early Pocket) and the juvenile trotter MISS MAIA (Majestic Son – Sixty Plus 2.7.8, $16,064). PINK GALAHS was backing up from her massive third in the Super Series Final two nights earlier and finished last of the four.

Mile Rate: - 2.12.6           Final Half: - 60.9               Margins: - 8m, 45m

Trial 6: - KEAYANG EBONYROSE hasn’t started since an unplaced effort in March but she defeated a strong field and dashed home in a slick final quarter of 27.7 seconds so she might be in for a good campaign. EGODAN was the class runner of the trial and finished second ahead of WAR DAN EXPRESS. BOU CHARD was last of the four.

Mile Rate: - 2.3.9             Final Half: - 58.1               Margins: - 2m, Head

BENDIGO 07/07/19

Trial 1: - MAJESTIC DEVIL was able to step to the lead from the pole position and enjoyed a good run throughout. He finished off in handy final sectionals to hold off YOUR NICKED in the run to the post. YOUR NICKED began slowly but safely from the handicap of 30m and settled last of the four. He moved up without cover from the 800m mark and just failed to overhaul the winner. HIGHWAY HUNTSMAN (Yankee Spider – Coral Grace) trailed the leader throughout and finished third. IMAHE MAN stepped away very quickly from the handicap of 30m and settled three back on the markers. He was angling to the outside to make a run in the home straight but broke stride and lost his chance.

Mile Rate: - 2.9.3             Final Half: - 59.2               Margins: - Head, 10m

Trial 2: - RAANI (Changeover – Baracks Angel 1.57.4, $17,258) showed good gate speed to lead and was always in control. She dashed home in a slick final half and scored by a comfortable margin. MAJOR MANBAR moved into the one out and one back trail and worked home well for second. DAYLIGHT AT DAWN (Dawn ofa New Day – Electrical Storm) followed MAJOR MANBAR for the final circuit and was doing his best work at the finish. SHES A HOVERCRAFT (Night Of The Stars – De La Rosa 1.57.3, $25,078) settled three back on the markers and was held up for a run at a vital stage before sprinting home quickly for an eye-catching fourth. LIBERLAND (Pet Rock – Live Your Life) finished fifth after racing without cover throughout. RAPIDABILITY (Art Major – Lombo Rapida 1.57.0, $792,477) was four back on the markers and was able to get passed OUTSIDE FIGHTER, which trailed the leader throughout.

Mile Rate: - 1.59.0           Final Half: - 56.8               Margins: - 6m, 5m


Trial 3: - GRAEMES WISH (Pegasus Spur – Manuka Miss) settled three back on the markers and finished over the top of his rivals to win the trial comfortably. DANNY ELLE pushed forward to find the lead and enjoyed a nice run throughout but couldn’t repel the challenge of the winner late. FETCH IT was trotting roughly at the start and took cover behind DANNY ELLE. He used the sprint lane but couldn’t accelerate in the latter stages. RUM AN ROYAL galloped at the start and was completely tailed off. He made up an enormous amount of ground to tack onto the bunch and was only beaten by approximately 20m so he was clearly the run of the trial.

Mile Rate: - 2.10.8           Final Half: - 61.7               Margins: - 4m, 6m

Trial 4: - Only three horses competed in the fast class trial with DADDY WHO leading from FOO FIGHTER and ANIMATED. They remained in the same order until ANIMATED came away from the inside approaching the home turn. It was a quick final half and DADDY WHO scored by a comfortable margin with ANIMATED getting the better of FOO FIGHTER late.

Mile Rate: - 2.0.8             Final Half: - 56.4               Margins: - 5m, 2m

Trial 5: - BARHOON (Yankee Spider – El Twotter) was allowed to balance up early before progressing forward and finding the lead at the 1100m. She set up a slow tempo and scored comfortably, seemingly with something in reserve. FLAMING FIVES led out then took cover and ended up being three back on the markers. She became fierce at the 800m and went erratically so she manoeuvred away from the markers to be one out and one back. She finished off solidly to snare second on the line. SHEZA CHOCOLATIER (Art Major – Highvew Ember 1.53.3, $122,798) pushed forward to find the lead at the 1300m mark prior to taking cover with a lap remaining. She held her own in the straight and finished in third. SELF EXCLUSION (Orlando Vici – The Sun Goddess) and CHARLIE WALKER (Louey Louey Louey – Telern Tilly 2.6.3, $40,791) settled second last and last respectively and they remained in those positions until they passed the galloping TIARA HALL in the latter stages. TIARA HALL (Angus Hall – Maoris Crown 2.6.2, $57,060) moved up without cover at the bell and was second with 100m remaining before breaking stride and losing ground.

Mile Rate: - 2.9.9             Final Half: - 61.9               Margins: - 5m, 1m

KYABRAM 07/09/17

Trial 1: - CLASSIC ARC (Art Major – Classic Life 1.58.1, $28,605) is out of a speedy race mare and took out the opening trial over NOTRE DAME, which has been unplaced in all of her four starts to date. ILLAWONG GALLANT finished ten metres way in third position ahead of the unraced gelding ARGY BARGY (Artistic Fella – Global Village 1.58.5, $51,019)

Mile Rate: - 2.4.8             Final Half: - 65.1               Margins: - Head, 10m

Trial 2: - KISEMBER (Village Jolt – Out of Rainbow 2.2.3, $6,820) won the second trial for trainer and driver Danny Ferris by a comfortable margin. The trotter BACARDI WOOD finished in second position and was a good margin ahead of ROCKS CAN ROLL (Pet Rock – Bowland Borg 1.59.1, $16,706). MANCHEGO (Betterthancheddar – Spice On Ice), a stable mate of ROCKS CAN ROLL, finished last of the four runners.

Last Mile: - 2.13.7            Final Half: - Not Given    Margins: - 10m, 15m

Trial 3: - AMARANDA is the winner of two races but she is currently omitted from the draw. She took out the final trial from CATCH ME IF YOUCAN with AJAY BREEZY ROSE (McCardle – Elegant Outlook 2.2.3, $9,709) finishing in third. AJAY BREEZY ROSE comes from the same family as several notable performers including Timeseel (1.52.7), Scooterwillrev (1.55.9), Karalta Shine (1.52.6) and the great mare Jadah Rose (1.49.6, dam of Guaranteed).

Mile Rate: - 2.6.4             Final Half: - 60.0               Margins: - 2m, 6m


Trial 1: - KEMPSEYS DELIGHT showed good gate speed to lead and ran along at an even tempo. He held off a determined challenge of ROMANY BROWN, which switched to the outside from third at the 600m. RUNAWAY SUCCESS trailed the leader but unfortunately broke stride approaching the home turn. He regathered his momentum and picked up plenty of ground late so he should have finished much closer. SURBITON CHARDONNAY (Safari – Corksapopin 2.3.0, $5,915) finished fourth after racing four back on the markers throughout. SIZZLIN settled five back on the inside and was the first to make a move at the 800m before landing the one out and one back trail shortly afterwards. PULLED A SWIFTY (Sundon – Paula Swifty 2.4.7, $28,030) broke at the start and was last throughout the trial.

Mile Rate: - 2.1.4             Final Half: - 58.0               Margins: - Neck, 30m

Trial 2: - COURTESY CHANCERY does have ability when she puts it altogether and she did everything right to win the trial comfortably. She speared to the lead in the early stages and was untroubled in scoring. WHIRILY ROLLS (Roll With Joe – Formalize) settled three back on the markers and moved up without cover from the 700m. She finished second in front of SMILE FOR SUCCESS (Great Success – Chrissy Truscott), which finished strongly from four back on the inside.  NIGHT WHISPERER (Quaker Jet – Parisian Dancer) trailed the leader and finished fourth in front of GLENGARRIFF (Imperial Count – Catchya Muscle), which hung in at the start and broke stride.

Mile Rate: - 2.11.4           Final Half: - 62.0               Margins: - 6m, Head

Trial 3: - SURBITON HARTBREAK (Courage Under Fire – Queena Harts Lombo, placed $15,875) settled three back on the inside and moved into the breeze at the 600m. It didn’t take long for him to hit the lead and he went on to win the trial nicely. JAY JAY SHADY followed SURBITON HARTBREAK throughout the entire trial and boxed on well for second. FIFTYSHADES CRESCO (Jet Laag – It’s Game On 1.58.1, $29,978) trailed the leader SOURCE TO MARTYR but lost momentum when that horse began to yield at the 500m. She picked up to finish third in front of SOURCE TO MARTYR with LA GIOCONDA (Tiz A Masterpiece – Mumsthaword Lombo 2.0.9, $17,758) finishing last after making an error and losing 25m at the start.

Mile Rate: - 2.2.2             Final Half: - 59.1               Margins: - 4m, 10m

Trial 4: - MAGIC OWENS is now with trainer Kate Hargreaves after having a long stint in South Australia. He trailed the leader THE NIGHT KING (Danny Bouchea – Motu Paulina) and worked to the front when that horse travelled awkwardly. He went on to win the trial easily. PRETTY LITTLE LUCY didn’t step as quickly as MAGIC OWENS and settled last of the three. She got passed THE NIGHT KING, which wasn’t on his best behaviour in the final circuit.

Mile Rate: - 2.7.7             Final Half: - 61.7               Margins: - 30m, 30m

GEELONG 08/07/19

Trial 1: - BRONSKI MOMENT (Major Bronski – Mystical Rainbow) began best and found the lead from RAFFAS ACE, PASSIONATE PURSUIT and MUDDY WOBBLES eased out to be last of the four. The field remained in the same order until PASSIONATE PURSUIT moved up without cover at the 500m with MUDDY WOBBLES trailing. RAFFAS ACE darted back to the sprint lane in the straight and MUDDY WOBBLES closed out wide to make it a line of four. MUDDY WOBBLES had the most momentum and scored narrowly from PASSIONATE PURSUIT, RAFFAS ACE and BRONSKI MOMENT was last but very close to the winner.

Mile Rate: - 2.5.8             Final Half: - 60.8               Margins: - Head, Head, 1/2head

Trial 2: - PEEL MY GRAPES was the fastest to begin and found the lead from ARU AND ME. MARIACHI (Fling It – Golden Photo 2.5.3, $9,813) broke stride shortly after the start and MAGICLASS (Majestic Son – Cookeyslass 2.4.1, $43,260) galloped at the start. MARIACHI was last of the four but he made a quick dash turning out of the back straight and was able to make enough room to drop in behind the leader with 800m remaining. PEEL MY GRAPES was able to go on and lead throughout from MARIACHI, which was quite game with ARU AND ME in third. MAGICLASS missed 25m at the start but trotted roughly at various stages and was last for the majority of the trip.

Mile Rate: - 2.5.7             Final Half: - 62.8                              Margins: - 12m, 15m

Trial 3: - SHOWEMYOURMUSCLES showed his usual early dash to find the lead with NOVEMBER GUY being able to drop in behind with 1800m remaining. STRAZEELE ended up being three back on the markers and ACCOUNT CLOSED broke stride at the start losing 50m. STRAZEELE came away from the markers half way down the back straight and it didn’t take long before he drew to the lead. He put the result beyond doubt within the twinkling of an eye and won by a large margin. SHOWEMYOURMUSCLES finished second after racing keenly during the middle stages and ACCOUNT CLOSED was able to pick up NOVEMBER GUY, which yielded ground in the final 400m.

Mile Rate: - 2.2.0             Final Half: - 61.5               Margins: - 50m, 15m

Trial 4: - There were only three horses contesting the fourth trial with MAKE ME HAPPY spearing to the lead from MY CAESARS DELIGHT and DEAL BREAKER (Million Dollar Cam – Tapiocasal 2.0.3, $49,955) dropped out to be last. MY CAESARS DELIGHT came away from the markers at the 500m and applied pressure to the leader. The pair staged a good fight but MY CAESARS DELIGHT got the better of MAKE ME HAPPY late. DEAL BREAKER was always last of the three runners.

Mile Rate: - 2.3.5             Final Half: - 58.6               Margins: - 1m, 8m

Trial 5: - HEZA BROMAC led out then took cover before hitting the line strongly to win the trial. The early tempo was very slow but he did dash home in a handy final quarter of 28.3 seconds. SOMEBEACHSHADOW was shuffled back to last and manoeuvred into the running lane to be three back on the outside. He raced keenly and was unsuited by the slow early tempo but he did hit the line hard to finish second. ISNTSHEJUST settled four back on the markers but quickly whipped around the field to lead in the back straight on the first occasion. She was gunned down late but the two horses that beat her are very smart. RULE OF THUMB was last on the first turn but was able to land the one out and one back trail and finished fourth ahead of CHRISSY DIVINYL, which moved up without cover from the 1300m.

Mile Rate: - 2.3.0             Final Half: - 57.1               Margins: - 4m, head

Current Trial File Black Book horses to follow

Bee Gee Cee
Bettorz Beach
Daylight At Dawn
Fend Off
Have Ago Joe
Iconic Major
King Of Rock
Pin Stripes
Promise Me Heaven
Rocknroll Icon
Spic And Sparkled
Van Sank