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KZN Barrier Trial History Made

Barrier Trials are not held anywhere else in South Africa

History was made at Greyville on Sunday when the inaugural official barrier trial was run over the polytrack 1000m prior to the race meeting.

Alldressedup (Athandiwe Mgudlwa) finishes well on the rail to hold Sequel (Craig Bantam, orange cap) and Sheik’s Storm (Stuart Randolph) in the first trial (Pic – Gold Circle / Candiese Marnewick)

Barrier Trials have been introduced by Gold Circle for all unraced horses and those that have not raced for 120 days or more.

The heat has to be completed in 70 secs, to qualify for a certificate.

On Sunday the previously raced Alldressedup led most of the way under Athandiwe Mgudlwa to hold off the unraced Twice Over gelding  Sequel. The winner clocked 62,05 secs.

The unraced Trippi filly Sheik’s Storm caught the eye when she ran on smartly and finished well for third.

The fifth and last runner to finish clocked under 64 secs.

All runners carried 58kgs, with Craig Bantam claiming 2,5kgs on Sequel.

Barrier Trials are not held anywhere else in South Africa but have been introduced by Gold Circle to raise the transparency levels for punters. Gold Circle are also the only racing operator to provide first-timer comments for national racing.



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  1. There was also some old timer history made. Sugar Hill bred veteran Kingston Boy (8yo) took his earnings well past the million mark when he ran second and beat home the 3yo favourite Monks Hood, a Wilgerbosdrift-owned R375 000 Querari Ferrari with top jock Delpech in the irons. The old horse was well ridden by young Dennis Schwarz up which gave his gammy knees 2.5 kgs of relief. Congrats go to KZN Racing Personalities of the year Doug and Di Campbell who have nurtured their home boy flagship horse and brought him back to form after a three month rest a fortnight ago for his 50th race when he ran into the finish and the money. I bet on him eachway out of loyalty to an old stalwart stablemate of our King Jay with whom he shares a trophy for best colt/gelding in the yard and he rewarded me with R6 a place. When I congratulated Doug he said when the old horse has made the million mark he can retire. At the rate he is going I think he has more to do.

    1. absolute farce, state capture is a distant second when one counts the relative cost of this to the industry and the return it will generate.

      \Should give the money to the Gupta’s and hopefully they pass it on to the president. At least he visits a tote window once a year

  2. Ed – Sorry I have been through the result and your analysis. I have been in this game for 40 years and can not explain to anyone especially myself – What are we supposed to take out of this. Maybe you get excited about this , then can you explain what did we learn from this.

    A five year old Maiden one time winner finished in front of a 3 Year old unraced colt who was followed by an unraced 3 year old filly . At Level Weights so to me the Third horse ran the best or had the best trail . Am I correct ?

    1 SHEIK’S STORM Randolph P M Gadsby A 58.0 4 3 0.30 62.11

  3. Kim you are correct – the barrier trials should really be run at WFA please read it as such, your analysis would be correct. It’s a shame Tellytrack failed to loop this race in their replays, and furthermore that Racegoer (under Rob Scott’s management publishing dept for Phum) failed to print the result.

  4. i would wager a handsome amount that returning punters money timeously after abandoned races will create plenty more churn than 150 000 barrier trials ever will

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