The racing world will get a spring preview of a number of Gai Waterhouse-trained stars on Tuesday when a large contingent from the stable trial at Randwick.
Waterhouse, an advocate for the use of barrier trials, has 23 horses down to jump out across the 21 heats on Tuesday morning.
Headlining the list of those due to trial are glamour More Joyous and two-year-old triple crown winner Pierro.
More Joyous had her first hitout when winning a trial earlier this month and Waterhouse has earmarked the Listed Sheraco Stakes (1200m) on September 15 as a likely spring kickoff point.
Where exactly Pierro begins his road to the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate is still unknown but Waterhouse said he had been showing at home that he can build on his stunning resume as a three-year-old.
“Pierro was ridden by [foreman] Mark Newnham this morning and I knew he went well because when Mark entered the tower he had a grin from ear to ear,” Waterhouse said in her blog yesterday.
“He’s a magnificent colt and is coming up a treat.”
Also among the high profile horses trialling for Waterhouse on Tuesday are Hobartville Stakes winner Wild And Proud and fellow promising four-year-old Fat Al.
While Waterhouse is yet to reveal starting races for the pair, she indicated both are nearly ready to begin their campaigns after working well together in training.
“Wild and Proud is really going great guns. He thinks he’s pretty special and I think he is too,” she said.
“He worked really well this morning with Fat Al and there was nothing between them. Both horses really do have their foot on the till.”
Fat Al signalled his potential for bigger things during an autumn campaign where he produced three dominant wins including two at Group 3 level.
Other horses from the Waterhouse stable named to trial on Tuesday are Galaxy runner-up Nobby Snip, Ajax Stakes winner Niagara and Caulfield Cup-nominated pair Reuben Percival and Western Symbol.