First Seal steps out with a host of stars at Randwick barrier trials on Friday

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John Thompson has several spring options for First Seal, which include the Epsom, Cox Plate and Myer Classic, and she will be one of many stars to use Randwick barrier trials as a starting point on Friday morning.

“We haven’t really got a target for her as yet, we could go to Sydney or Melbourne,” Thompson said. “It will be good to see her back on the track and she is around 80 per cent for this first trial.

“Like a lot of these spring horses, it is a matter [of] just getting them back and working out the best path. I would say her first run will be in Sydney and then there is plenty of options around the mile trip.”

First Seal won the Flight Stakes but was runner-up in the Spring Champion Stakes, Coolmore Classic and Vinery Stakes, the latter two in photos. She faces a trial which includes unbeaten Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, Doncaster winner Kermedec and multiple group 1 heroine Cosmic Endeavour.

“It is a good opportunity to get these good horses out against each other and they will get the use of the Kensington track, which is good,” Thompson said.

There are three heats on the Kensington track featuring group performers and Thompson’s French import Auvray will face Pornichet and The Offer in the opening heat. The third heat of the morning has Sweynesse, English and Temple Of Boom.

Several of the returning stars were named as nominees for the NSW racehorse of the year awards, which will be presented on August 20.

The two-year-old category will be fought out by Pride Of Dubai and Vancouver, with Odyssey Moon the other nomination. First Seal is up against Brazen Beau, Hallowed Crown and Winx for the three-year-old award.

The international influence on Australia comes through in the miler, middle-distance and stayer awards with Royal Descent, which is up against He’s Your Man and Real Impact for the miler award, the only Australian bred in the three categories.

The sprinters award looks strong as usual with Chautauqua, Terravista, Sweet Idea and Catkins nominated.

The awards are decided on a points system and have led to some controversy in the past.

The night will be a celebration of NSW racing with the George Moore Medal to be awarded to Hugh Bowman, the Theo Green award given to champion apprentice Winona Costin and Chris Waller to accept his fifth TJ Smith Award for being the leading trainer.

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