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KZN Trainer To Hold Barrier Trials

Before Hollywoodbets Greyville racemeeting

Gavin van Zyl has been given the green light to conduct a barrier trial for five of his unraced two-year-olds before the polytrack racemeeting at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Monday.

Gavin van Zyl – nothing brand new but a novel personal initiative (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Gold Circle report that the former jockey and now Summerveld trainer said: “This is just a Gavin van Zyl idea in the interests of transparency for both the public and my owners. Instead of having comments such as ‘might be green’ the owners and the public will be able to watch the horses in the trial and see for themselves.”

There will be five horses running – four colts and a filly – and the jockeys will be wearing the owners’ respective racing silks.

Devonne Govender will call the race and Van Zyl has asked all of the riders to provide a comment to the press after the trial.

The triallists are Prince Of Tides (Duke Of Marmalade colt), Quantifier (Querari colt), Golden Peace (Gold Standard gelding), Copper View (Global View filly) and Wylie Riley (Wyle Hall gelding).

The males will be carrying 58kg and the filly 56kg.

The excercise will also allow the youngsters to experience the racecourse and starting stalls, in a live racing situation.

Van Zyl said: “If they are too green I will give them a second barrier trial. I am grateful that Gold Circle obliged and I think this provides a wonderful opportunity for the public and the owners to assess the horses before they go to the races.”

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10 comments on “KZN Trainer To Hold Barrier Trials

  1. James Goodman says:

    Well done Gavin, transparency at it’s best!!!

  2. Selwyn Elk says:

    Well done Gavin Van Zyl, my sentiments about trainers comments in the Computaform have been well documented, not only are they of no value but more importantly can be very misleading- a trainers comment recently read “ Will need the run” and not only did the horse attract huge market support, it was an impressive winner! Certain punters I know had big wins about the horse so they must have known more than the trainer? The comment “ no comment “ is in fact a comment and a more appropriate comment would be “ To early to comment “ if the runner was going to gallop after the book was printed. If trainers don’t want to comment then why include their name in the feature article, leave them out completely – they could do a lot worse than following Gavin in his endeavour to make the game more transparent, a good move in the right direction!!

  3. David Safi says:

    Well done Gavin,, this is in line with your character.. excellent

  4. Frankie Zackey says:

    Frankie Zackey….Well done Gavin for thinking out the box,, helping the racing public to see your 1st timers in real flesh before they are nominated will definitely give them a good idea about their ability and also for taking the time out to do so,, I’m sure the racing public will really appreciate your effort… Pity that some trainers use the Computaform platform comment bar for their own gain…We’ve seen the racing public been mislead on a number of times,, where trainers comments are so off putting to their horses chances… Comments like Will Need The Run and so on,, but yet they’ve been punted off the boards and needless to say they come home lonely….Perfect example and not for the 1st time would be the Mike/Adam Azzie trained Coldhardstare who ran out a comfortable winner on Thursday out at Turffontein… Mike/Adam Azzie commented that the 9/10 shot “Will Need The Run” Luckily for me having a handful of sharp and well groomed grooms on my side,, I was told day’s before that the Azzie 1st timer would win,, but what about the poor newcomers and novices reading that comment ? would it be fair to say that the horse will be lucky to run a place after reading the comment ? Absolutely…. Acting stupid and trying to help the racing public way before the race was run on the day I messaged the Editor at Sporting Post hoping that he could find out a bit more from Mike or Adam about the 9/10 favorite… Not long thereafter the Editor replied back saying that he managed to get hold of Adam Azzie and that Adam assured the Editor that it was not stable money and that she “should” need the run and that the public should take note of the Azzie/Drakenstein strike rate , and that she’s a SMART FILLY ..Big difference between should need the run and will need the run…Shouldn’t the comment have read SMART Filly,, BUT SHOULD NEED THE RUN instead of reading WILL NEED THE RUN… Let’s learn from Mike De Kock ,, Paul Peter and Joe Soma along with many other trainers that would love to help the racing public

  5. Shabir ahmed Hoosen says:

    Is it really. The form of these barrier trials where the most misleading. Potential owners are missled into believing that these are world beaters only to discover the opposite. What’s the need for this James. It did not work now trainers are having their private trials . Where is the transparency I ask ?

  6. hilton witz says:

    Barrier Trials in their current format are of absolutely no help at all to the punter ..If trainers are genuine about letting the public know the ability of their unraced horses then they need to have a yardstick they can measure them with and do proper pace work not a casual stroll …Going back to the beginning of time if a trainer wanted to find out if his unraced horse had ability he would work it with 4 and 5 time winners and in modern times you would work your unraced horse with another horse who had a merit rating of around 80 …I think we have all been in the game long enough to have heard phrases like this one is catching pidgeons at home or pulling up trees and you cannot tell that from poopy barrier trials…

  7. Joao da mata says:

    I don’t like this either. Its uncontrolled , unmeasured and frankly useless. You wanna make racing transparent then give the punter unlimited access to data. These are not data the trainer still knows which horse is fitter, eaten that day, had the least work AND they still will m make fools of us (the horses)

  8. Ismail Laher says:

    Gavin van Zyl is a man of integrity as can be heard from his interviews. I don’t doubt his intentions. What remains to be seen is the manner in which these gallops or trials are conducted a half pace look around the course gallop or a proper trial. Let’s give Gavin a chance for his initiative and transparency. Pass trials I agree were a farce and misleading.

  9. David Safi says:

    this is not about the gallop per say, this is about the mindset of a trainer, willing, like a few others, to forward the thinking against treating the public like mugs,, Gavin and a few others are to be commended for their individual actions as to trying, each in a small way to assist the punter by being as transparent as possible while still catering for their patrons, or do we prefer the trainers who deliberately mislead ?

  10. PL.Nel says:

    This initiative is good news for punters and I disagree with sentiments viewed by some as to the transparency being a negative with this exposure of first timers to the public and here is why
    – one will have the opportunity to view the horse either live or televised and this will give some indication to conformation, fitness, greeness and general racing temperament. It will also expose the horse to the racing enviroment on raceday which includes traveling, starting stalls, general raceday sounds and commotions.
    – as to how they race would depend on fitness, greeness and temperament. I feel owners of first timers; this would be the individuals that have spent all the money getting the horse to the track; should have first opportunity to getting the best price on their horses because once they have run they are open information to the public forevermore, and especially before grooms and other people take the prize betting on offer !!

    Trainers should rather not comment instead of misleading the public, because its the public that are keeping racing in the game; here one only has to look at Holywood and WSB who have taken the public to heart and have been awarded accordingly.

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