Seven wins and 12 placings out of 22 Trial File Blackbookers for May, with a -4% return on investment in the win category and a +2% return on investment for the place.
This week seven outs and one in for now, but we'll have more trial analysis in coming days.
General Dodge (got our win & market has well and truly found him)
Gunning (got our win)
Naughty III (got our win)
Rigondeaux (manners simply too poor on debut for us to follow)
Playing It Cool (got our win)
Royal Knockout (got our win)
Maryborough (Sunday, May 13)
I don’t think connections would think it too controversial to label Aspureasdrivensnow a tad frustrating. The mare has always promised plenty but she doesn’t 100 per cent of the time put it together on race day. To open the Maryborough trials the daughter of Always A Virgin finished 5m second to C5 pacer Sixty, which had a cushy run in behind the leader and utilised the sprint lane, while Aspureasdrivensnow hit the lead out wider around the home bend and boxed on really solidly for a C1 mare. Word of warning, last time I saw her trial so well she just didn’t bring that kind of form to the races, so I’m hoping this time on an each-way basis if she draws in the near future there might be some value there. Jerichos Trumpet also thundered to the line in third and is worth continuing to follow, the precocious squaregaiter a real standout for trainer Zac Steenhuis.
The Angove camp produced Beach Reactor (a two-year-old son of Auckland Reactor) to win the second trial in 2:07.3 over Barry and Aaron Dunn’s Art Major filly Azzgoodazz. It was a good effort by both of these horses to defeat the older three-year-olds.
Brad Angove-trained trotter Majestic Pride continued to show promise with a professional 2:05.5 10m trial win over stablemate Sizzlin over 2190m. Worth noting Shiftywall dashed along in front, 40 to 50m clear of the field with a lap to go before tiring, galloping a couple of times and being pulled out the hit-out. Majestic Pride will win one of these days and might be overs when he does.
Shepparton (Thursday, May 10)
Two horses from the Stephen O’Donoghue / Bec Bartley operation worth following are Mongiana and our long-time Blackbooker Rockon Locksley. I’ll focus on the latter, who I’ve developed quite a penchant for. The unraced son of Rocknroll Hanover has trialled 12 times and here finished about 2.5m behind open-class performer Tact Tate with another talented pacer in Scotlynn Beach splitting first and third. Mongiana meanwhile produced a good effort in the first trial to punch the breeze throughout and finish 12m behind Melton winner Royal Obsession at the finish in 2:04.4.
Blackbookers: Rockon Locksley remains in
** Please note, the Trial File will be updated later this week with other trial summaries but was published here for punters' benefit ahead of Thursday's meetings.
Current Blackbook Horses (engagement this week)
Aspureasdrivensnow (Charlton Thursday)
Bridie Okane (Charlton Thursday)
Fox Force Five (Melton Saturday)
Keep On Rocking (Bendigo Friday)
Kingdom Come (Bendigo Friday)
Lucinda Mac (Bendigo Friday)
Nats A Christian
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