Barrier trials begin in KwaZulu-Natal

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Durban – What does one read into a barrier trial? That’s what many will be asking after the first trial took place at Greyville on Sunday.

The answer may be quite a lot although opinion is divided as to what value these trials will add to the overall scheme of things.

The overriding idea behind the trials being that punters are given some idea as to the inherent ability of first time runners and some indication of the fitness of horses who have been off the track for 120 days or more. The nay sayers believe it will be a wasted exercise in time and money.

Those in favour, and Paul Gadsby is one, feel they should at least be given a chance and in agreement with trainers who of the opinion the trials will provide valuable experience for first-time runners. Time will tell but Ashburton-based Gadsby was happy with the performance of his trialist Sheik’s Storm. She was all over the course for much of the trial but when the penny dropped, run on nicely.

All runners need a 60-day pass at the starting stalls, first-timers or not, and the trials are perfect, as Gadsby pointed out. “I will use them as a 60-day pass and what better way. My filly had not seen the track, you know we don’t have a Polytrack at Ashburton, but what better way with a few horses around her. I don’t say she’s a good thing next time out but it helps that she’s seen the track.” – Gold Circle.

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