There were three exhibition gallops on the Kensington track at Randwick on Saturday with first up the Waterhouse and Bott trained three-year-old duo of Bellevue Hill and Just Thinkin’ with Tim Clark and Glen Boss up.
The pair picked up the pace from the 1000m with Just Thinkin’ and Boss leading out and they then led all the way through to the line. The pace quickened appreciatively across the top and into the main straight with Clark having to keep Bellevue Hill up to his work to keep in touch.
At the line Just Thinkin’s was 1 1/4L ahead of Bellevue Hill with the time 59.69 for the 1000m and a smart 33.25 for the final 600m.
Just Thinkin’, by So You Think , raced just the twice last season with the last for a third over 1300m at Hawkesbury back in April. He has trialled twice with the last a second over 800m at Gosford on August 5th.
His stablemate Bellevue Hill, a gelding by Pierro, had a more illustrious campaign with a second to Yes Yes Yes in the Group 2 Todman Stakes over 1200m at Randwick and then a win in the Group 3 Bailleu over 1400m at Rosehill on the Slipper programme on March 30th.
Kings Will Dream (IRE) and Jason Collet inside with Youngstar and Tommy Berry outside, picture Sportpix.com.au
Next the Anthony Cummings pair of Prince Fawaz with Nash Rawiller and Libertini with Tommy Berry galloped over 800m.
Prince Fawaz and Rawiller led out picking up the pace at the 800m with Libertini and Berry following 2L behind with the stable continuing to educate the I Am Invincible filly to settle behind and then use her talent.
Once into the main straight they increased the tempo once again with Berry allowing Libertini more rein to level with the Fastnet Rock colt ahead. Libertini went ahead for a stride with Prince Fawaz then coming back with ease for the two to go to the line together. The margin was officially a head to the filly.
The time was 50.48 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in35.33.
“They worked up to where they are in their preps in their normal style,” said Cummings.
“Libertini always like to show off a bit and she gets a bit keen, so as I have said a number of times we spend most of our time trying to get her in behind, settle and then use herself when she is asked to.
“The other guy he does just nothing until you ask him. I said to Nash just to give him one down the shoulder at the furlong (200m) and get him to pick up and go to the line, which he did and on the line he was coming back really strongly.
“I think both of them worked really well and they are certainly on track for the plans we have got for them,” he said.
Libertini will start next week at Randwick in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) with Prince Fawaz being kept for the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on September 14th.
The Chris Waller trio of Youngstar with Tommy Berry, Kings Will Dream (IRE) with Jason Collett and Unforgotten with Brenton Avdulla completed the gallops working over 1000m.
Kings Will Dream and Youngstar were together with Unforgotten further back working in her own.
“She has come back well after a disappointing winter so I am just putting a line through it and hope she has come back. We think she is going well,” said Waller on Youngstar who shaded Kings Will Dream by a head.
“Obviously she ran in the Melbourne Cup after running some nice placings, second in the Turnbull, and we will pick out some nice races and go from there.
“Kings Will Dream is going really well. He is obviously a very talented horse. I would not say he is a wound up as he was last year in the Memsie (third) as he has had such a long layoff. I think he will be competitive just on class alone and he will continue to build through the campaign and we will work out where we are going, Cox Plate or Caulfield Cup, after he gets to the first Saturday in October,” he said.
Waller said that Unforgotten had no luck with tracks over the winter.
“She does not handle wet tracks and she got wet track after wet track. Her last run was good, she was third in the Queen Of The Turf in an eye catching run. She has come back well and she would be the sharper of the three that galloped today,” he said.
Unforgotten covered the 1000m in 1.11.37 and the final 600m in 34.84.
Libertini and Tommy Berry, picture Sportpix.com.au