Baker filly puts rivals to the Test

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Testa Rossa.

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BJORN Baker has another potential top liner by one of his favourites stallions, Testa Rossa, in the shape of three-year-old filly TEST THE WORLD who was the standout performer at last Wednesday’s Kembla trials.

Baker won the 2014 Magic Millions with Testa Rossa son Unencumbered and has previously trained the handy Twilight Royale by the same stallion.

Test The World was a super impressive debut at Scone on Xmas Eve prior to city placings at Canterbury (by 0.2-lens) and Warwick Farm.

She was in another league in her 800m heat tracking up wide throughout before letting down all over the top of her rivals to win by a length going away.

Testa Rossa.

Testa Rossa.Source:News Limited

Baker is prone to making the short trip from WF to Kembla to trial some of his string – he floated 13 on Wednesday and ended up with the quinella in four of the nine heats.

Heat 7 went the way of SAMADOUBT who was tipped out after finishing 9th of 13 in Calanda’s Inglis Sprint on December 17.

Samadoubt was somewhat ridden to win his heat ahead of stablemate SEBRINA who turned in a much improved effort on her moderate performance (5th of 5) in a Hawkesbury trial on March 28.

COOLRING was adequate winning the final heat of the morning but was overshadowed by his stablemate BONNY O’REILLY who was closing in big time over the last bit to get within a nose at the end of the 800m.

Another Warwick Farm trainer who had reason to smile with the morning’s proceedings was Matthew Smith courtesy of KINGS OF LEON, YOUNG HUIT and IRISH SUCCESS.

Of the three, Kings of Leon was arguably the best but not by far.

This son of I Am Invincible was spelled after his ninth start which happened to be his breakthrough maiden win at Gosford back on August 23 beating handy types California Elite and Ubatuba.

John Thompson likewise had a good day, his miler/middle distance type SIGNPOSTED had a nice little hit out, OUR BELISA hit the line with gusto and then there was the unraced two-year-old KISSING GAME who was having her first trial.

The daughter of Hinchinbrook and Kiss ‘N’ Chase (4th in the James HB Carr) was doing good things late to clock in third in her 800m heat beaten a bit under 3-lens.

It was a lovely cameo on her part.

Peter and Paul Snowden/Tripe Crown pair EMPEROR’S WAY and DELFUEGO both did the job, particularly the latter who was a real eye catcher in his first heat at Randwick on mar 21 despite running last.

Make no mistake, had he have been on the outside of the field that day, he would have won and that would be two trials, two wins.

PS: PAINTE is sure to improve on his 4s 1-2-0 record after his ‘easy’ second in his heat.

Originally published as Baker filly puts rivals to the Test

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