Randwick held 10 heats on Monday morning where popular Godolphin colt Aft Cabin returned to the trials.
The three-year-old was last seen jumping favourite in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and won his 1045m heat under James McDonald.
Other notable horses include boom mare Alcohol Free who stepped out for her first Australian hit-out. The European import was an expensive $10 million purchase by Yulong Investments and has joined the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable.
Check out our horses to follow from the Randwick trials!
Heat 1 – Alcohol Free.
The common joke of ‘Yulong silks on, speed off’ will get a good test when Alcohol Free makes her Australian debut. The European import was bought for $10 million AUD at last year’s Tattersalls December Mares Sale after beating Artorius in the Group 1 July Cup (1207m) at Newmarket. Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are training the five-year-old mare for Yulong Investments and presented her for her first Australian trial at Randwick on Monday. James McDonald was aboard as she won the heat by over two-lengths. It was a nice piece of work after travelling wide.
Heat 2 – Passive Aggressive & Bunker Hut.
Last start Challenge Stakes winner Passive Aggressive won the 1045m heat, but it was Bunker Hut who caught the eye. The three-year-old from the Michael Freedman stable contested the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes behind Sharp ‘N’ Smart last preparation. He was outclassed that day but has returned gelded and Tuesday’s trial suggests an improved horse. Bunker Hut travelled strongly behind the speed and was strong through the line.
Heat 3 – Aft Cabin & Mazu.
Aft Cabin was last seen tasting defeat as favourite in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and there is little doubt he confirmed himself to be a sprinter that day. The Godolphin colt returned to the trials on Tuesday and scooted through the line to win his 1045m heat in impressive fashion. The Everest contender Mazu was also great in the same heat. He looks ready for the TJ Smith Stakes and will of course be boosted by an rain.
Heat 9 – Moravia.
$800,000 yearling purchase from the 2022 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. He is the first foal of Listed winner Our Crown Mistress and sired by Snitzel. The well bred colt had one trial at Hawkesbury last year where he was okay. He returned to the trials at Randwick on Tuesday and showed some great tenacity to extend when challenged late.