It could be Headline News and a War Of Words when two two-year-olds trained by leading trainer John O'Brien make their debut at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, on Saturday.
On Sunday morning, at Santa Rosa, the Jamaica-bred juveniles breezed over 600 metres, recording a fast 36.57 seconds, with both Headline News and War Of Words displaying encouraging signs for the future.
Later on, juvenile Atlantica had older stablemate Precise Rule for company, and although Precise Rule was stronger at the end of the workout, Atlantica did give a good account, clocking a good 36.22.
Trainer Harold Chadee also sent out his pair of two-year-olds, Zum Zun and Always Ready over the same trip, but they worked in a slower 37.00.
The opening of the turf track on Sunday gave unplaced Derby finishers, Taste Of Texas and Pistons And Rings an opportunity to test the surface.
Taste Of Texas worked with stablemate, The Red Skull over 1,000 metres, and they recorded a good 1:06.68, with Taste Of Texas handling the grass track like a veteran, although he has not raced on it.
Pistons And Rings breezed with Brian Harding astride, and he also took it in stride.
However, the horse that worked best on the turf was Silverleo, who breezed over 800 metres in a "bullet" 47.92.
Yesterday, trainer Glenn Mendez sharpened his quartet of Taste Of Texas (Gary Laban), Ex-Local Charmer (Ricky Jadoo), The Big Show and Imperial Ruler, from the gates. Taste Of Texas proved too alert for his stablemates.
Juvenile Ex-Local Charmer showed good early speed also, and could be seen out this Saturday.
Trainer Rohit Dube's pair of juveniles, Big Man and Something Black breezed over 800 metres, with Big Man proving too strong for Something Black.
at Santa Rosa
400 metres--Rock Movistar 27.40 handily; Boogie Blues 27.90 handily' First Encounter 29.98 pacing; Taste Of Texas 22.25 good; Local Charmer, The Big Show and Imperial Ruler 22.85.
600 metres--D'Coachman 36.14 from gates; The Conqueror 40.53; Ex-Priceless Fame and Ex-Aticka 39.33 handily; Sixth Street 40.00 handily.
800 metres--Ex-Darby Lake and Ex-Classic Contender 57.01 pacing; Ex-Zipitup 59.75 pacing; Dial A Prayer 52.25 handily; Big Man 53.50 handily; Something Black 54.43 handily.
400 metres--Mi Amores 29.98 pacing; Salome 29.78 pacing; The Conqueror 29.42 pacing; Boogie Blues 29.47 pacing; Western Movie 26.47 handily; D'Sportsman 26.22 handily; Game Adzalia 27.12 handily; Island Star 25.62 handily; Kiss The Sky 25.91 on turf; Princess Joanne on turf 27.80; Windy Lass 27.22 handily; Indian Medicine 23.07 from boxes.
600 metres--Oro De Cordoba 44.94 pacing; Quick City 38.79 handily; Ring The Bell and Island Dancer 44.65 pacing; Ex-Baharia 43.07 pacing; Zum Zun and Always Ready 37.00 handily; Sugar Plum 38.70 handily;Actin Time and Cover You Donkey 39.50 handily; Headline News and Words Of War 36.57 good; Ex-Beneficial Bartak and Ex-Slevejero from gates 36.15; Precise Rule and Atlantica 36.22 good; Away Johannesburg on turf 40.55; Nawab on turf 41.89; Sassy Taste on turf 40.42; Piston And Rings on turf 36.81; Wild Excitement and Le Chereaux 37.00; Golden Dixieland 38.80 handily.
800 metres--Sparkling Silver and Measured Response 56.53 pacing; In Tack and Coconut Joy 53.15 handily; Sam's Hero 53.19 handily; Nature' Reality 52.73 handily; El Bandido De Oro 52.23 handily; Saturday Special 57.82 pacing; Blame It On Me 53.53 handily; Galveston 57.87 pacing; Invictus 53.59 handily; Warrior Princess and Frankenstein 53.53 handily; Prado Princess 56.75 pacing; Raging Thunder and The Right Time 48.89 good; Bruceontheloose 54.75 handily; Pretty Woman on turf 52.33; Rest Assured on turf 57.14; Lang Amour on turf 50.40; Fly Junior and Blackstone Street on turf 53.22; Silverleo on turf 47.92; Riches Abound 38.34 handily; Undulation 49.04 good.
1,000 metres--Sam's Selection 1:08.39 handily; Onefortheroad 1:09.35 handily; Gone For Six 1:05.61 handily; Just My Luck 1:07.56 handily; King Whistler 1:14.98 pacing; U Crazy Diamond 1:05.11 handily; Gabby's Gold 1:07.51 handily; Taste Of Texas and The Red Skull 1:06.65 on turf.