Conners' stars please in trials

Clarry Conners and jockey Craig Williams were delighted with stakeswinning two-year-olds Decision Time and Georgette Silk who will resume in a star-studded San Domenico Stakes next month after trialling impressively on Tuesday.

Melbourne-based Williams was in Sydney for the Warwick Farm trials and was aboard as Golden Slipper runner-up Decision Time scored a 1-1/2 length trial win, while stablemate Georgette Silk also stretched out nicely to finish a short head behind runaway leader Actrice in her 804m heat.

They were just two of the potential spring stars who were put through their paces during a session of 19 trials.


Group One winners Danleigh, Purple and Small Minds also trialled as did several stakeswinners including Neeson, Trusting, Love Conquers All, Count Encosta and Sacred Choice.

Golden Slipper placegetter More Strawberries finished third against older horses in a 1200m heat.

“I’ve never ridden Georgette Silk before but she gave me a really good feel and she’s right on target for the short races,” Williams said.

“Decision Time, I was happy to be back on him and he’s definitely filled out and he’s got stronger. He looks like he’s in for an exciting spring.”

Conners had nominated Decision Time for Saturday’s The Rosebud (1200m) at Rosehill but he’ll be kept for the San Domenico (1000m) on August 7 which is shaping as a top early season race with Solar Charged, Brightexpectations and Masquerader also set to return.

“He’s the quiet achiever,” Conners said of Decision Time, winner of the Black Opal Stakes and runner-up to Crystal Lily in the Golden Slipper.

“They both trialled really nicely, I’m very happy with them.”

Joe Pride was also a pleased trainer after watching Hawkesbury Guineas winner Neeson win a strong heat which also featured stakeswinners Trusting (second), Count Encosta (fourth) and Love Conquers All (sixth).

The Pride-trained Group Two Emancipation Stakes winner Sacred Choice finished third in another 800m heat, won by 4-3/4 lengths by Lighthorseman with multiple Group One winner Danleigh finishing second.

Neeson and Sacred Choice will trial again on August 12 before resuming in the Show County Quality at Warwick Farm on August 21.

Neeson sat outside the leader in the 800m heat and trialled nicely to hold off Trusting by three-quarters of a length.

“I expected Neeson to show his normal speed and that’s what he did,” Pride said.

“There were some decent horses behind him but that’s what we wanted to see from him in his first trial back.

“Sacred Choice trialled nicely too. It’s good to see the good horses coming back.”

Peter Snowden said dual Group One winner Purple, who finished fourth in heat 12 over 800m, appeared to have her zest for racing back after being unplaced in all four runs at weight for age during the autumn.

The mare is likely to resume in the Group Two Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 21.