Barrier trials moved to Tuesday
Crucial barrier trials for some of the major autumn carnival contenders have been delayed a day by Sydney’s wet weather.
The 21 heats scheduled for Warwick Farm on Monday have been rescheduled to Tuesday with five Group One winners, a rising star three-year-old and the early Golden Slipper favourite all entered.
Solar Charged, early favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper is among entries for heat 12 over 800 metres.
The daughter of Charge Forward won her only career start by five lengths and is likely to resume in the Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on February 27.
Patinack Farm’s Warwick Stakes winner Trusting is also entered for an 800m trial, the same heat as Group One winning stablemate Linky Dink.
Trusting is being set for a first-up return in the Group One Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 6.
The Tale Of The Cat colt made a huge impression in the spring winning against older horses at weight-for-age in the Group Two Warwick Stakes (1400m) before finishing second to Denman in the Group One Golden Rose (1400m).
He then had two starts in Melbourne, finishing a luckless second in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude before an eighth in the Caulfield Guineas.
Road To Rock and Vision And Power are set to continue their preparations towards an autumn return in heat two, while the third heat pits Storm Queen Stakes and Queensland Oaks winner Purple against AJC Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor.
Anthony Cummings was entertaining the idea of running George Main Stakes winner Road To Rock first-up in the Expressway Stakes but after he trialled at Randwick on January 29, the trainer Cummings decided the five-year-old needed another trial before making his race return.
Monday’s Hawkesbury barrier trials have also been called off.