Eleven heats conducted on the course proper between the 2000 and 1200-metre marks. A few contenders for some autumn features were among those in action as they get close to kicking off their preparations, with Blue Diamond winner Written By one of the morning’s highlights.
Heat 1 – Written By and Bons Away
Heat 2 – Dancing Tycoon and Schabau
Heat 5 – Bella Rosa and Groot
HEAT 1 – Approximately 49.04s
A high-quality heat with Written By showing his customary speed to lead Amralah and Mask Of Time. Bons Away was allowed to find his feet early but made ground during the middle stages to join Written By and they cleared out by about six lengths on the rest of the field.
HEAT 2 – Approximately 49.08s
Dancing Tycoon cleared away early to lead by about four lengths from Lecture. That margin was down to between two and three lengths on the line, with both horses trialling well. Schabau was out-sped in the early stages but was given a solid hit-out right through the line and appears to have trained on well since his Australian debut victory. The Mick Price-trained Dancing Tycoon boasts an impressive first-up record and is in great shape to resume.
HEAT 3 – Approximately 48.48s
Tavisan jumped straight to the front to lead Elana and win the heat in good style. High Ratio made ground out wide over the concluding stages to also perform well. Tavisan was able to win at his first Australian start after crossing from New Zealand to join the Price stable and he appears in good order to kick off his next campaign.
HEAT 5 – Approximately 49.06s
Bella Rosa began well and controlled the heat to win in good style. The closing effort of Groot to emerge from the chasing pack and finish alongside Bella Rosa was also noteworthy. Bella Rosa was able to win at Flemington on debut and looks to be progressing well while Groot is yet to race and should be suited on debut over about 1200m. Both horses are prepared by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and should be worth keeping on side in the weeks ahead.
HEAT 8 – Approximately 48.34s
The quickest heat of the morning saw Brightful, trained by Robert Hickmott, and Seatonic, prepared by Maher and Eustace, test each for virtually the entire heat. Seatonic is a two-year-old daughter of Sebring, who is yet to race, while Brightful has only beaten one runner home in her two runs to date and appears to have improved during her recent break.