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Group One Stars Impress at Geelong Trials

  • Trials 1-4 at Geelong on Thursday morning featured multiple Group One performers
  • 2020 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet was the headline act, winning Heat 4
  • All roads lead to the All-Star Mile, Australian Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Group One Stars Impress at Geelong Trials
Sir Dragonet returned in impressive fashion at Geelong on Thursday morning. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 28 Jan 2021
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Some of Victoria's premier gallopers featured on the January 28 trials from Geelong in the lead-up to their Autumn preparations.

Kicking off with trial one, we saw two Group One winners in Probabeel and Mr Quickie step out along with the promising sprinter Ancestry, who will be targeted towards Autumn features.

Ancestry led the event to only be pounced on late in the piece by How Womantic, with the leader looking quite forward in his trial and well prepped for a possible attempt at the Oakleigh Plate.

Epsom winner Probabeel settled in the second division of runners and was not asked for the supreme effort. She is going nicely into the All-Star Mile.

Toorak Handicap winner Mr Quckie kept to his usual racing pattern, ridden quiet out the back before swooping with Jamie Kah to finish just beyond midfield.
In trial number two, we saw VRC Oaks winner Personal make her return in what was an okay effort. She sat just off the speed and although not asked to do much, looked well in need of the run over the final furlong.

Trial number three saw two time Australian Cup winner Harlem go through his paces nicely in what was a soft gallop for the nine-year-old over 1500m.

Heat four was the headline of the morning with 2020 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet, Mackinnon Stakes runner-up Fifty Stars, Caulfield Guineas place getter Grandslam, 2019 VRC  Oaks winner Miami Bound and Coongy Stakes winner Nonconformist.

Sir Dragonet led the trial with Glen Boss in the saddle, under no riding and strolled to the line in what was an ultra impressive display.
Fifty Stars settled back, doing his best work late and was good across the line while Miami Bound stuck on nicely and looks bound for an Australian Cup/Tancred preparation.

Grandslam settled back instead of making the pace, working through the field late in preparation for a likely Australian Guineas tilt.

Nonconformist came to the middle of the track and was the challenger to Sir Dragonet late in the piece but was under riding in doing so.
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