Hawkesbury held 17 heats on Monday morning where The Everest contender Overpass returned to the trials for Bjorn Baker.
The four-year-old contested all of Sydney’s leading sprint races last spring, including The Everest, The Golden Eagle and The Hunter. Overpass cruised comfortably to win his 1000m heat.
Other notable horses that trialed on Monday include Sumatra and Red Card for Godolphin. The pair ran well last campaign and look emerging types for the ‘Blue Army’.
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Heat 3 – Altivo.
Overpass won the heat as expected under Joshua Parr, however, it was the Hawkes-trained Altivo who caught the eye as he charged through the line. Altivo took a sit behind the speed and travelled beautifully under a hold. The four-year-old is undefeated after two starts and has impressed twice at the trials this preparation. The stable are yet to unleash Altivo in town, but expect him to be very hard to beat when they do.
Heat 4. Shooting Pasture & Tocomah.
Love both pieces of work by Shooting Pasture and Tocomah. Shooting Pasture sat outside the lead and cruised through the line under a good holt. The time of 59.28 was one of the fastest 1000m heat of the day. Tocomah was brilliant from the back of the field and looks ready to win after a heap of placings last preparation.
Heat 8 – Princess Mary.
Princess Mary ran into the smart Cosmic Field on debut. Cosmic Field resumed on Saturday just gone and won again, extending his unbeaten streak to two. Princess Mary was tipped out straight after her debut and trialed impressively in her first hit-out since that debut. Rachel King settled her outside the lead and won the heat with ease.
Heat 9 – Sumatra.
A Group performed Lonhro filly for Godolphin last spring, Sumatra returned to the trials at Hawkesbury on Monday. She broke her maiden here at Hawkesbury last year and went on to run second behind Boogie Dancer in the Group 2 Tranquil Star. She then contested the Group 2 Edward Manifold where she started $6. She was tipped out for a spell following that and her return trial over 800m behind the speedy Surreal Lily is exactly what we wanted to see.
Heat 10 – Red Card.
There isn’t much we can add to Red Card. A very fast horse, he was expected to win this heat, but his action and the way he went about it was perfect.