The first major two year old trials in Victoria were held at Cranbourne on Monday morning with a few top notch performances by locally bred racehorses.

Twenty six young colts and fillies trialled including first crop progeny of Victorian sires Toorak Toff, Moshe, Canford Cliffs and Master of Design.

The first of the two year old trials posted a Victorian sired trifecta with the Jason Petch trained Claro El Banco (by Statue of Liberty out of Magic by Gosh) winning impressively from Preemptive (Stryker) and El Venetian (Moshe).

Claro El Banco was sold by Eliza Park International as a weanling at the Inglis Great Southern Sale for $46,000 to Sheamus Mills Bloodstock. She was then sold as a yearling through Rosemont at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $80,000 to Jason Petch.

Claro El Banco

Claro El Banco

Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen was not surprised by the forward showing by the Statue of Liberty colt.

“He was always a strong forward precocious style of horse. Josh Wardle, Rosemont’s Operations Manager together with Sheamus Mills did a fantastic job selecting and subsequently pinhooking this lovely colt.”

The colt’s trainer Jason Petch said he always stamped himself as an early two year old.

“He did it the hard way at Mornington as he was the only two year old there.

“Today we wanted to be fair dinkum as he is headed to the Maribyrnong Trial stakes (at Flemington on October 4th).

“A great mate of mine Mark Lindsay, from Eliza Park, actually suggested I go and have a look at this horse at the Gold Coast sale. As soon I saw the horse and checked him over, I wanted him.”

The second of the two year old trial also resulted in a Victorian sired trifecta.

The Oamaru Force filly, Rylea Lass came up trumps with Magical Milly (by Stryker) and Kinetic Design (by Master of Design) not far behind.

Trained by the Ledger partnership of John and Chris out of Wangaratta, Rylea Lass is also being set for the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes and, with a similar performance, would stand a strong chance of snaring a win at Headquarters.

Chris Ledger said she was very easy to train, good to work with and just eats all the time.

“We’ve had quite a few of the (Oamaru Force) breed and we find them good bread and butter horses.

“As you can see from the performance of the Big Dance (two year old course record winner of the Bendigo VOBIS Golden Mile), some of them have quite a lot of speed. She’s shown that from day one , hence why we have pushed on with her.”

Mark Calwell, stud manager at Noor Elaine Farm which bred the filly and which also stands Oamaru Force was not shocked at the performance.

“The farm raced the mother, Kay Rouge, who was very good but went amiss. We sold the filly as a weanling to the Ledgers and wish them the best of luck in securing black type for her.

“For a stallion that hasn’t really had the chance with big numbers, Oamaru Force has really made it. He has got a Group 1 winner in Midsummer Music, a Group 2 winner Diplomatic Force and of course the speedy filly, The Big Dance.

“He has just done a great job.”

At Royal Randwick on Monday morning also, the first of the Helmet two year olds stepped out in official trials.

Standing at Darley’s Victorian operation at Northwood, Helmet is rated by Godolphin head trainer as the next big thing among the plethora of blue blooded sires in the Darley stallion barns.

The two young Helmets trialling for the first time didn’t let him either. Both Exclamation and Archives finished strongly to make the top three in their respective trials.

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