Rosehill trials with Best Of Bordeaux, Fireburn, Overpass and more

– additional reporting by MITCH COHEN

Overpass and Best Of Bordeaux surged into The Everest conversation with brilliant barrier trial wins at Rosehill Gardens on Friday.

And Golden Slipper winner Fireburn and her classy stablemate Sejardan showed they are set for big spring campaigns despite finishing unplaced in their heat.

The star-studded trials session was loaded with impressive runs but none moreso than Overpass, a runaway winner by nine lengths from Ranch Hand and the outstanding Zaaki over 900m in 55.94sec (last 600m in 34sec flat).

Trainer Bjorn Baker had a family commitment and could not be on–course for the Overpass trial but after watching a replay described his sprinter’s win as “exciting’’.


“Overpass had a long preparation in autumn but he’s returned from his spell a much stronger horse,’’ Baker said.

“I’m trying not to get too carried away but the horse is going super.

“I will have a talk with Scott Darby and the team about the spring but we will have to throw Overpass into the deep end at some stage.

“He looks great and we will have him spot on for his first-up run.’’

Baker has made no secret of his desire to have Overpass selected for the $15m The TAB Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 15.

Brilliant colt Best Of Bordeaux, runner-up in the Golden Slipper earlier this year, could also be on an Everest path after his dynamic two-length trial win over 1000m.

Best Of Bordeaux extended clear late to beat the Hawkes Racing-trained stayer Zeyrek, which made up good ground while Mark Newnham’s Expat was pushed out late to finish third.

Sydney Cup hero Knights Order and multiple Group 1 winner Montefilia were among the chasing pack.

Trainer Kacy Fogden said she was delighted with Best Of Bordeaux’s trial and confirmed the three-year-old will resume in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill at the end of the month.

“I think he certainly needed the trial today, you keen see he was a little bit keen but he came back to James quite nicely,” she said.

“He is obviously very well.

“He has definitely strengthened physically, there is a lot more of him now physically than there was last prep and he is still growing a lot.”

There was certainly a big focus on Gary Portelli duo Fireburn and Sejardan as they took their first public steps as three-year-olds.

Fireburn, winner of both the Golden Slipper and Inglis Sires’ in the autumn, beat just one runner home and was more than 13 lengths off Overpass.

It was of little concern to Portelli.


“She jumped out well and showed a bit of speed today and he (Brenton Avdulla) had to try to get back onto the bridle,” Portelli told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“They went ridiculous speed early so it was hard to get your horse to travel when they go that hard early.

“They quickened down the straight, she does what she does unless you actually go at her.

“When he went to slow her down past the line, she took him right down the back straight and couldn’t stop her so that’s good.

“He said she dead set looks like a horse that will get a mile and a quarter so that’s a good sign for her.”

Sejardan was fifth in the heat, hitting the line alongside the classy Fangirl, which also produced a stylish return.

The Group 2-winning colt was being considered to ran in the San Domenico first up but won’t head to the race.

“I thought the way he stepped away it would be silly to put him over 1100m so we will stick to the plan and will resume him in the Run To The Rose,” Portelli said.

Sejardan and Fireburn will both run in the Group 1 Golden Rose next month.

Originally published as Big guns Best Of Bordeaux, Fireburn and Overpass all feature at Rosehill trials

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