The exciting run of barrier trials in Sydney on Friday mornings is set to continue this week with a number of 2013 Spring Racing Carnival contenders to appear in the trials at Warwick Farm.
The first four trials of the day will all include Group level performers with the first trial over 1200 metres highlighted by Melbourne Cup contender Kelinni and classy three-year-old colt Criterion.
Criterion will be making his second barrier trial appearance this campaign since finishing fourth in a trial at Rosehill last Monday, as will Kelinni who also finished fourth behind Robard and Beaten Up at the same set of trials.
The second trial over 800 metres is dominated by leading trainer Chris Waller with Beaten Up, Casual Choice, Catkins, Hawkspur and Heart Testa all set to compete.
Tripler Group 1 winner Appearance has also been nominated to take part in the trial while Melbourne Cup aspirant Dear Demi will make her first public appearance since finishing seventh behind Gondokoro in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) in June.
Waller also has a strong hand in the third trial of the day over 800 metres with Group 1 winners Foreteller, Metal Bender and Shoot Out all included in the nominations.
Shoot Out and Foreteller both finished at the tail of the field behind Streama in a barrier trial over 900 meters at Rosehill on August 5 while Metal Bender continues to work towards a return to racing for the first time since his victory in the 2012 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and has been included in the nominations for both the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Cox Plate (2040m).
The racing public will get their first look this preparation at a bunch of talented three-year-olds when Champollion, Fast Dragon, Twilight Royale and Vilanova all compete over 800 metres.
New Zealand import Vilanova raced consistently during the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival while Champollion (The Schweppervescence) and Twilight Royale (VRC Sires Produce Stakes) were both victorious at Group level during the autumn.
To assist trainers getting their gallopers ready for the spring Racing New South Wales has moved the barrier trails scheduled for Friday August 23 forward to Monday August 19.