year-olds will take centre stage in Sydney on Monday with 11 official trials
for the babies at Warwick Farm featuring some real blue-bloods including the
first foal of champion filly Samantha Miss and a full sister to More Joyous.
Both homebreds for John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud, the Gai Waterhouse trained Sammy's Girl (2f More Than Ready (USA) x Samantha Miss) and Most Joyful (2f More Than Ready (USA) x Sunday Joy) will have a heavy weight of expectation placed upon them by virtue of their pedigree.
Sammy's Girl is the first foal of triple Group I winner Samantha Miss (pictured at the sale) , who was bought for $3.85 million off the track at the 2009 Inglis Broodmare Sale, while Most Joyful is a sister to eight-time Group I winner More Joyous.
Both have been working well at Randwick and a good showing is expected.
Two more bred by Strawberry Hill, but sold as yearlings, have found their way to the Waterhouse stable and while we've seen Sugar Rush (2f More Than Ready (USA) x Sugar Babe) once already when she won a trial at Randwick a few weeks back, the appearance of War (2c More Than Ready (USA) x Deedra) holds a great deal of interest.
War was purchased by James Bester Bloodstock/Demi O'Byrne on behalf of Coolmore for $500,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and is a three-quarter brother in blood to More Joyous.
He looked a cracker as a yearling, so it will be interesting to see if his ability matches his impressive good looks.
Other obvious pedigree standouts to keep a watch on include Woodbine (2c Hussonet (USA) x Miss Finland), Guelph (2f Exceed and Excel x Camarilla) and Shahad (2f Fastnet Rock x Shamekha).
Tipped from the track as having ability is Whittington in heat one, a $145,000 Magic Millions purchase for Star Thoroughbreds by Tale of the Cat (USA) from Tasmanian Oaks winner Maha Chakri.
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