Rosehill hosted trials on Friday with the first over 900m on the Course Proper containing a battalion of Godolphin stars and returning names in the saddle.
The Lee Curtis trained three-year-old Group 3 winning Epaulette filly Meryl under Brenton Avdulla led the trial from the outset with the filly keen in her work. Behind the Snowden trained Grand Rosso under Nash Rawiller, due to recommence race riding next week, ran in second with the Godolphin stars packed in behind, all well held.
At the line Meryl was 1L ahead of the 2019 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi (Sidestep) with Tommy Berry allowing the rising three-year-old filly to ease ahead of Grand Rosso (Written Tycoon), the margin a long head. Group 1 winner Alizee (Sepoy) under Hugh Bowman was fourth on the inside.
Alizee, a possible contender for Godolphin’s The Everest slot, noticeably went past Meryl after the line with ease and leading the field as they pulled up along the side straight.
Behind these four there was a line up of Best Of Days (GB) with Sam Clipperton, Hartnell (GB) with Jason Collett, Avilius (GB) with Kerrin McEvoy back from his UK riding and Roheryn with Glen Boss back in Sydney and with mounts on Saturday at Randwick.
The time was 55.60 on the Soft 5 rated track.
All in the heat looked to be progressing well towards commencing their spring campaigns over the coming weeks.
SPRING STARS ARE BACK - @godolphin had a strong hand in this 'SUPER' trial @rosehillgardens this morning. G1 winners Alizee, Kiamichi, Hartnell, Avilius were all there under wraps and coasted home to eventual winner Meryl. pic.twitter.com/lsO21V8tPC— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) July 18, 2019