Eleven heats were conducted on the steeple grass with majority of the horses engaged prepping for summer campaigns.
HEAT 1 - 800m in 46.09s
Suspense led the field up with Touch A Cloud and they seemingly bowled along at a good tempo, both horses were ridden along in the closing stages and worked reasonably. Top Me Up and Thelburg settled in behind the leaders and were both given a quiet time late while picking up under their own steam.
HEAT 2 - 800m in 46.23s
Railway Stakes winner Good Project led them up here and was out wide on the course throughout where he looked to be travelling well before being restrained late in the heat. Kilmacurragh and Gaudi were on the inside and both picked up nicely under light riding to finish first and second.
HEAT 3 - 800m in 47.10s
Fascinating heat this one with 'boom' import George Patton trialling very nicely. He led the field up and cruised to the line under next to no riding. Joy's Reward and Savvy Shields also trialled nicely in behind them.
HEAT 4 - 800m in 46.16s
The well-named Parmie led up the field here and was pushed along to take out the heat. Bidding War positioned in behind the leader and was given a good hit-out to finish second. It was a quick heat but there were not necessarily any star workers.
HEAT 7 - 800m in 46.83s
Real Gent showed good speed to lead up here and worked very nicely out wider on the course. Next Dimension trucked up nicely on the inside and quickened well under light riding.
HEAT 8 - 800m in 46.18
Poised To Strike was quickly away and held the lead with Brigatine Bar through the early stages before both horses quickened nicely late under light riding. Ashrama was given a quiet hit-out in behind and also strode out nicely under no riding. Form out of this heat should hold strong.
GEORGE PATTTON - This Peter and Paul Snowden-trained galloper has got some big raps on him and was a heavily-backed favourite in his Australian debut back in January. He has obviously had some issues as he hasn't raced since then, however, his trials indicate he has a fair share of talent. If he can replicate his work here at the races, he should be very competitive.
REAL GENT - Mike Moroney's lightly-raced import is back for his second preparation in Australia and has seemingly improved. I liked the way he worked here and if he can bring this kind of form to the races then he should be able to go through the grades this time in.
NEXT DIMENSION - This son of Per Incanto hasn't been to the races as of yet but looks ready to make his mark when he debuts. He looks quite professional and has a nice turn of foot that should see him get to a reasonable level when racing.