Fast forward a year to the Central West of NSW, and trial watchers could be forgiven for thinking they were watching a different horse.
In something of a strong pointer for Monday’s resumption in a benchmark 58 handicap over 1000m, the trainer trialled Buzzoni twice at the Towac Park track in Orange, winning both in handy sprint company.
The second trial two weeks ago was a real sign the son of Nicconi is ready, cruising home from well off the speed to round up his rivals under a strong hold.
Buzzoni draws to get a nice trail back in the field, but he will get a stern test from tough six-year-olds Charlie Chap and More Than A Samba while another Bathurst raider Miss Hugo A Gogo resumes having been overhauled by Buzzoni in that same trial.
Meanwhile, as they often do across some of the better country meetings, Warwick Farm stables are eyeing off a big slice of this Orange pie.
Promising stayer The Fringe looks well placed to claim a BM58 Handicap (2100m) third-up, exciting filly and last-start Canberra winner Too Much Class is the one to beat in a Class 1 & Maiden Plate (1600m) while three-year-old Solva can go back-to-back in a Class 1 Handicap (1280m) after a dominant maiden win at this track.
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