THE first two-year-old thoroughbred trials of the new season at Elwick yesterday produced a sense of deja vu.
The first trial was won by Concrete Johnny who has the same trainer and similar connections to Western Hero, the top juvenile of 2011-12.
And, the second trial went to Don't We Love It who has the same trainer and same owners as Triple Asset, the best juvenile of 2010-11.
The Terry Evans-trained Concrete Johnny (God's Own - El Milagro) is also a full brother to last season's good two-year-old Inner Warrior.
He won his trial by almost seven lengths in slightly faster time than Don't We Love It, who scored by a similar margin.
Evans naturally has his sights on the first two-year-old race of the season, the $15,000 Debutante Plate at Elwick on October 20.
``I'm just hoping his shins hold up - he's a little bit wobbly,'' the trainer said.
``But he's a big, strong horse and as placid as you can get.''
Evans played down Concrete Johnny's impressive performance, stating only that he ``went all right''.
Don't We Love It, trained by John Keys, has a strong Queensland flavour to his breeding.
He's by Falvelon from the Show A Heart mare Sure Of Heart.
Show A Heart and Falvelon were both champion sprinters in Queensland and ran the quinella in the 2002 Stradbroke Handicap.
Further two-year-old trials will be held at Spreyton this morning, with 13 youngsters listed to contest two divisions.
They include a two-year-old Incumbent filly called Fortuitous who is a half sister to last season's star Grand Tycoon.
TASMANIAN pacer Beautide was credited with the fastest last 400 metres ever recorded on the Menangle track on Saturday night.
The six-year-old, now trained by James Rattray, rattled off his final ``quarter'' in 25.7 seconds on the way to his sixth Sydney win.
The course commentator announced that the previous quickest closing sectional had been 26.0 seconds returned by Inter-Dominion winner Im Themightyquinn in an official track trial.
It was a good weekend for Tasmanian pacers, with Hugo Play, trained and driven by Kate Macleod, putting up a tough performance to score at Melton on Friday night.
DEVONPORT-based jockey Jason Maskiell continues to rack up frequent flyer points - and winners.
He travelled to Hamilton on Friday where he had seven rides without success but the following day at Murtoa he landed a double on the Terry O'Sullivan-trained Audacity and Mango Mojito for Jarrod McLean.
He was back home on Sunday to bring up his eighth Tasmanian win for the season on Snippetee Bee at Elwick.
Meanwhile, veteran Tasmanian-owned stayer North Lodge, a recent addition to the John Blacker stable, won his fifth Victorian race at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
It was his third win over 3000 metres and his third on a city track, with the previous two coming at Sandown.
BRIGHTON trainer-driver Christian Salter has been suspended for six race dates for failing a random breath test in Hobart on September 29.
Salter was stood down from driving on the night after returning a reading in excess of the racing limit of 0.02.
He pleaded guilty when the inquiry resumed at Mowbray on Sunday night and will start his penalty immediately.
Stewards tested 24 drivers at the Hobart meeting.
THE Melbourne Age has reported that racing channel TVN is likely to move from Foxtel to free-to-air television in 2015.
When its current contract with Foxtel expires after the 2014 spring carnival, TVN will be free to switch to a digital platform.
It already has an association with Channel Seven which broadcasts TVN coverage of 27 feature race meetings a year.