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Gai Waterhouse | Gai Waterhouse News 56542 First 2 Yo Trials Shine A Light Further Than Monday

First 2YO Trials Shine A Light Further Than Monday

Wed, Sep 27, 2023

First 2YO Trials Shine A Light Further Than Monday

The first 2YO trials in Sydney in September each year are something our whole industry looks forward to. How can we not be excited about seeing the fresh faces of the next generation performing for the public for the very first time?


Last Monday we had our most successful first 2YO trials of all time in terms of qualifying for the first 2YO Stakes races of the season, with our 13 trial contestants all placing first or second in their heats to gain automatic entry into the Breeders' Plate and the Gimcrack Stakes this Saturday.

We are very proud of our hard working team and service providers whose efforts in education and training of our young horses have put our owners in a position to capitalise on their investment early in the season.

Shining A Light

Assessing your 2YO's prospects leading into the trials is difficult for any trainer as the only measure you have at that point is against the other unraced/untried 2YOs in your care. The official trials are your first chance to gauge talent, hence with good results comes a good benchmark for a trainer to gauge the talent of the next wave of 2YOs in their care.

Early Trials Point To A Future Fast One

An example of this is how we are now able to measure the prospects of the Capitalist x Rekindled Choice colt we currently have in full work at Randwick. On Tuesday he galloped impressively in the company of a Justify colt who was matched up to the work partner of Gravitas and Fortian in previous gallops. With those two colts performing well at the trials, we feel we now have a nice line on the Capitalist colt who has been impressing us, particularly over the last four weeks.

Bred To Star Early


Capitalist x Rekindled Choice '21 Colt:

Price: $460,000 - Yulong Stud

Sale: Inglis Premier Sale

Shares available: Yes -  only 15%

Colours available: No


The Capitalist colt is bred to be a star, he is a magnificent specimen, and he's bred to go early. Capitalist's oldest just completed their 3YO season and he already has two sons at stud, Captivant (Kia Ora) and Profiteer (Newgate).

Gai, Adrian, Claudia and Bruce got together to discuss the Capitalist colt in full detail in the video below.

  • September born colt, cracking physical
  • By an exceptional sire of 2YOs, in fact, only one stallion in Australia goes better in terms of Stakes horses to 2YO runners - Capitalist 14% alongside I Am Invincible 15%
  • Dam is a full-sister to Group 1 winner and freshman sire, Alabama Express
  • From the same family as The Everest and Group 1 All Aged Stakes winner, Giga Kick
  • Capitalist crossed with Redoute's Choice = 83% strike rate of winners to runners
  • This colt is currently in full training at Tulloch Lodge and taking aim at the races this preparation via a trial next month
  • See his latest update here
  • Click here to view his pedigree and sales page

For more information on this colt, or to secure a share, please contact our Sales team:

We hope you like him as much as we do.

Happy Racing,
Gai & Adrian