By Shayne O’Cass
THERE’S only one black mark on the record of handy three-year-old INZ’N’OUTand trainer Gerald Ryan has set him up nicely to atone for it when he resumes shortly.
In eight starts the gelding has only missed the top three once and that was at his last start where he finished last as favourite in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince back in February.
Ryan has given Inz’n’out two trials and the improvement from first to second was there to see when he posted a comfortable win over 900m at Friday’s Rosehill session.
He sat just inside the leader and booted through around the bend, holding them off in good style.
Bjorn Baker took a few horses from Warwick Farm to Rosehill and walked away with a couple of unraced youngsters posting impressive wins.
BAPAUME, by ATC Derby winner Nom Du Jeu, was having his first public trial and showed a nice sprint in his last-to-first win.
The three-year-old gelding was last on the turn in the 1030m heat but not really that far off the lead, he drove through between the leaders when given a squeeze and pulled away.
EGYPTIAN SYMBOL, a daughter of Group 1 winner Our Egyptian Raine, repeated her easy victory from her home track two weeks earlier.
She was only fair to begin but gathered speed to lead them and lobbed along in front at her leisure.
She’s still a little new and she had a bit of a look around in the straight.
One of those chasing Egyptian Symbol was another unraced filly called TREMEZZINA and there was plenty to like about her performance.
She settled back and was held up until space opened up near the 200m and she brushed home very well at her first hit-out since two trial wins in March.
Tremezzina was one of the usual raft of horses from the Chris Waller yard to step out.
Easily the most eye-catching was VANBRUGH, a two-year-old who scored a nice debut win back in February before being thrown in the deep end at his only other start.
The colt was allowed to find his feet in fourth or fifth and was held up inside the 200m then when a gap opened he took it quickly and picked them up for a soft win.
Not only is he a good looker he has plenty of ability and he’s proven fresh.
SHAFTESBURY has promised a lot more than he’s delivered to date but he’s now in his second preparation with Waller and he looks to have taken a step forward.
It was his second trial this time in and he was beaten about half a length in his 1030m heat after picking up nice ground in the straight behind all the way winner MISS TENPINS.
Imported gelding DANCE OF HEROES made a winning Australian debut in March on the back of three quiet trials.
He looked a lot sharper in his first trial since then, sitting third and he slid forward effortlessly to hit the lead and hold on.
Given most imports seems to improve into their second campaign, and that’s something just about every trainer will tell you, Dance Of Heroes should be in for a good preparation.
DARCIWOOD finished a close third behind Dance Of Heroes and he’s also come back in good order.
He wanted to pull badly in the early stages and ran up behind the leaders in the straight before closing off well to the inside.
JOYFUL PASSION hasn’t been placed in his four starts to date but he’s freshened up well since a couple of failures on heavy tracks.
Now, the trials on Friday were also on heavy tracks but trials are different to races and if this fellow strikes a better surface on race day he could be an improver.
He showed speed to lead and sat up midrace. He left them standing at the 200m and with a couple of niggles strode out nicely.
Encosta De Lago filly EVA LUNA is another to have had a preparation earlier this year but not race and she’s reappeared with a narrow defeat but she must have produced some very nice closing sectionals.
She spotted the winner, BANNATYNE, about four lengths at the 400m and was only beaten by the bob of the head on the line.
A few others worth noting were MONTAUK, WUDANG MOUNTAIN and ROCKOLICIOUS.
One last word on BASCULE, who has been costly in two defeats this preparation.
He ran second behind Inz’n’out and he did everything right — though he did that also before his second-up flop — and ran on okay but you’d want to see him do it on race day first.