Leading by example was potential superstar, Black Caviar, who was unextended in winning the first trial of the day: in the quickest time recorded (47.75 seconds for the 800m).
Black Caviar is bound to generate a great deal of excitement in whatever race Peter Moody sets for her for this spring and, along with STATUE OF LIBERTY’s Hay List, will provide Eliza Park with a two pronged attack for Australian racing’s biggest carnival.
Bel Esprit 3YO, Ripa Artois, has only had the one outing – a neck second at Sale in June after copping a bump on jumping – and looked all business today with his trial win over God Help Us (GOD’S OWN).
Ripa Artois is out of the Zabeel mare, Zartois, and was bred by Michael Phillips, who also trains and part owns the speedy youngster.
Wabash River – a 3YO filly by Bel Esprit – was stepping out for the first time in public but the occasion didn’t faze her in the slightest, comfortably winning her trial and setting up a nice debut for trainer John Moloney.
Bred by Jonel Park in Queensland, Wabash River is out of the Ashkalani mare, White River, a half sister to Group One winner Sheer Kingston.
A bit of trivia for you: the Wabash is the state river of Indiana and flows into the Ohio.
Apart from having three relatively notable battles fought on or near the Wabash, it’s also famous for the Indiana state song, On the Banks of the Wabash (not to be confused with Olivia Newton John’s ditty, On the Banks of the Ohio!).
|Bel Esprit's unbeaten mare Black Caviar|